Want to start the day off right but can’t have a cup of coffee? There are many reasons that you may have to cut coffee from your diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wake up and have a cup of something energizing! Here are a few smart coffee alternatives to try to give your morning a boost of energy:
Yes, the color may be strange and the taste nowhere near as wonderful as a steaming cup of java, but wheatgrass juice is loaded with potent, energizing antioxidants. It’s an amazing source of immune-boosting Vitamin C, along with Vitamins A and E, and you’ll get a ton of minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium. It’s also rich in energy-producing amino acids, which will fuel your muscles for a day of activity. You’ll find that this nutrient cocktail can deliver a boost of energy in the same way that caffeine does, but without the highs and lows. Plus, it’s better for your health, and perfect for those with disorders that make you sensitive to caffeine, such as IBS, arthritis, diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.
Matcha Green Tea
Green tea does contain some caffeine, but only a fraction of what you’d get from coffee. This means it can give you the boost of energy you want, yet it won’t trigger the caffeine headaches or sensitivities. Matcha green tea is made using ground green tea leaves, so it contains a higher antioxidant content than green tea. The caffeine content of matcha is higher than in regular green tea (almost on par with coffee), but there’s none of that jittery nervousness or sensitivity you get from drinking coffee. It’s calming, thanks to the higher amino acid content, and there is a far milder high and low with matcha tea.
You’ll find few drinks are as packed with antioxidants as the juice of the pomegranate fruit! The rich red color of the juice comes from all the polyphenols derived from the fruit, and you’ll find that it is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants. It can help to boost muscle performance, cognitive function, cellular repair, immunity to disease, and so many more internal functions. The fructose in the juice will give you a natural energy boost that will last long enough to keep you working well into the morning or afternoon.
Ginseng contains nutrients that perform similar function to the nutrients in coffee, specifically helping to improve your concentration and focus during a busy work day. Panax ginseng can enhance mental performance, thinking skills, reaction times, and your overall mental health. It can also give you better immunity to disease and reduce your risk of infections. If you love the natural bitterness of your morning coffee, you’ll find that ginseng has a similar bitter edge that makes it the perfect alternative!
Yerba mate is a wonderful South American beverage that is made from the mate plant, and uses dried and ground-up leaves to make a sort of tea-infusion drink. There is caffeine (and mateine) in the drink, so it will give you that energizing high you want. However, your body’s reaction to the stimulants in mate is far less noticeable than to caffeine, so there won’t be those powerful highs and lows. There is also far less risk of digestive irritation. You’ll find that mate offers a lot of health benefits, including lowered cholesterol, better blood sugar control, weight loss, and appetite suppression. If you want a way to wake up right, give mate a try!