4 Coffee Alternatives to Make Your Morning
Long working hours and staying up late are a common and unwelcome feature of the modern lifestyle. Coffee is a tempting solution to shake away grogginess after an insufficient sleep or provide the stimulation required to work late at night. It’s easy to slip into the routine of drinking one (or five!) cups of coffee every day and breaking the habit can be difficult.
We’ve come up with some alternatives to help kick your coffee habit and try something new to mix up your morning routine. While these are great alternatives to coffee, keep in mind that drinking them in moderation will provide the most benefit. Always research how additions to what you eat and drink could uniquely affect your body. Here’s our list of coffee alternatives to help you decrease your coffee intake.
1. Lemon Water
Think about why you drink coffee every day. For some, it might be the taste or the caffeine, but for others, drinking coffee is simply a ritual.
If coffee is more of a ritual, and you’re looking for a warm glass of something to sit and sip for a slow start to the day, lemon water is a great coffee alternative. It is easy to prepare and doesn’t cost much. Add a little bit of honey if you have a sweet tooth.
It also has tons of health benefits! Here are a few to motivate you to start drinking it every day:
- Promotes a strong immune system
- Helps control blood pressure
- Stimulates brain and nerve function
- Aids digestion
2. Green Tea
While green tea contains caffeine, the amount varies with the type of green tea, so if you still like a little caffeine, you can control your intake. Green tea contains L-theanine, which works synergistically with caffeine to increase your alertness and focus, and get you ready to take on the day.
Green tea comes in different types as a result of different harvesting and processing methods, and each type has different health benefits. For example, Sencha green tea has high vitamin C content and thus is perfect for drinking in the winter, while Matcha green tea can help protect your liver.
3. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is an herb used to produce caffeinated beverages. It is similar to tea but doesn’t contain any tea leaves.
Yerba mate and green tea have similar health benefits like lowering cholesterol levels and promoting a healthy cardiovascular system. They are both anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and a good source of energy.
What sets them apart is their caffeine content. Yerba mate has around 3 times more caffeine than green tea. But don’t worry about the caffeine crash! Yerba mate is not known to cause any jitters or irritability. It contains xanthine alkaloids which are naturally occurring stimulants that boost mood and energy, making it a great coffee alternative.
Strange as it may sound, broth is a nice morning coffee alternative. It’s warm, healthy, nourishing, and it can keep your hunger at bay until lunch.
You can substitute coffee with either vegetable or meat broth, depending on your preference. The most typical type of broth is bone broth made from boiling chicken, beef, or fish bones to release nutrients from the marrow.
Here are some of health benefits of broth:
- Rich in iron, zinc, vitamin A and K, and promotes cell growth and repair
- Contains collagen which is good for your skin, hair, joints, teeth, and nails
- Contains amino acids and gelatin which promote a healthy gut.
If you’re a vegetarian, vegetable broth, such as celery broth, is a great alternative that is anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C, B, A, and iron, and promotes proper digestion.
Do you drink coffee as a morning ritual or to satisfy a caffeine craving? The type of beverage that you choose as a coffee alternative will depend on what benefits you are looking for. If you’re not ready to cut coffee out completely, that’s okay! You can certainly reduce your consumption.
Be mindful of what you consume throughout the day to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Try some of the coffee replacements above and keep track of how you feel to find the best fit for you!
If you feel like experimenting, try smoothies for breakfast! Here’s a list of 5 healthy smoothies for busy mornings. Tell us about your motives behind drinking coffee in the comments below! Is it the taste, the ritual, or the demands of your busy life?