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Let’s be honest, work/uni/school has got you tired for what seems like forever. You’ve had quite a few more coffees in your day than you’re proud of admitting of and have become slightly caffeine dependent. I love coffee and I’m at the point where I feel like I need to watch out for my caffeine intake… so I did some research and here are some alternatives to coffee!
- Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a powder that is made from grinding tea leaves. Packed with the health benefits that green tea has, matcha also has enough caffeine to give you enough a energy boost and amino acids to keep you calm and relaxed whilst you go on with your activities! As well as this, green tea is well known for boosting your metabolism and help with the burning of calories. Pretty neat for a cup of tea, huh?
- Chai Tea Latte
A chai latte is one of my personal favourites, creamy and sweet, chai is a wonderful blend of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and other traditional spices. Masala chai, or chai tea, is a black-tea which contains enough caffeine to sustain energy levels. Chai tea is packed full of antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory effects because of the main constituent in the cloves. This little drink is full of wonderful benefits.
- Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea has been used for hundreds of years in India for its many health benefits. With a strong taste and golden colour, there are studies to suggest that the vitamins in turmeric tea not only support energy levels, but also strengthen your immune system.
- Dandelion Latte
The dandelion root herbal tea has the same bitterness as coffee, but the herbal blend, in nature consists of the flavours roasted chicory and barley. Dandelion tea is claimed to aid in weight loss, digestion, detoxification, relieving water retention and bloating, as well as helping your immune system. This alternative is naturally caffeine free but contains both calcium and magnesium, essentials in energy production.
- Green Smoothies
For the majority of last year, I was addicted to coffee and this was primarily due to the fact that I was sleep deprived. Trying to lay off the coffee, I tried replacing my morning cup of joe with a green smoothie. I was actually really surprised with the amount of energy I got from drinking one in the morning! They are a great way of getting in amazing nutrition and a steady energy boost for any time of the day without the slump you get with coffee. Not to mention, they are great to keep you fuller longer!
Ingredients I used: 1 Banana, 2-3 handfuls of Baby Spinach and Chilled Water/Almond Milk/Coconut Milk/Coconut Water.
- Hot Cacao
Cacao is pretty much the “super-food” version of chocolate. Much more bitter than it’s sugary counterpart, cacao releases chemicals like anandamide to start your day happy and cheerful. Cacao beans are rich in magnesium, to help combat lethargy and drowsiness, and also help regulate blood pressure and lower cholestrol. I like to make a hot chilli cacao. So basically I use about a cup of water, 2-3 teaspoons of cacao powder, a teaspoon of honey and chilli powder/diced chilli (however much you can possibly handle) and a sprinkle of salt and I let that simmer in a pot until it looks like it’s ready to drink, then I like to add some sort of milk (either almond or coconut) to both cool it down and make it a little milkier.
What do you drink instead of coffee? Comment below! And don’t be afraid to tell me what you’d like to see next on my blog!