Americans love their coffee. This is hardly a new story. It’s easy, and not healthy, to get carried away with consuming too much caffeine. Again, this isn’t exactly a novel concept. But as we also know, cutting back on coffee is not the simplest thing to do. It’s certainly not easy, but it is doable, and it can go a long way in giving you more natural, lasting energy and less devastating crashes. So we’re here to help.
Before we reveal any secrets, let’s state the obvious. Get some sleep! More sleep will make drinking coffee less necessary. Conversely, if you’re only snoozing 5-6 hours a night, cutting back on the morning cup of Joe can be an uphill battle. In addition to numerous well-documented health benefits, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night should provide you with the necessary energy to make it through your day. With that said, here are some alternative beverages that serve as healthy substitutions to coffee.
When it comes to straight up coffee replacement, hot tea is the closest substitution. If you’re trying to go cold turkey on coffee, most teas pack a substantial energy boost without the same crash that comes with coffee. Black tea will perk you up, but still has significantly less caffeine than coffee. Green tea is a great balance of healthy and energizing. Other great, less common options include dandelion, ginseng, licorice, and turmeric teas.
There are countless energy supplement powders on the market these days. Finding a shake mix that gives you a nice kick shouldn’t be too difficult. However, avoiding all the unhealthy options can prove more challenging. Protein shakes can serve as good occasional meal replacements. Don’t hesitate to put a little chocolate syrup or sweetener in them, always in moderation of course. Amino energy powders are another healthy alternative, and contain significantly caffeine than coffee.
Fresh Fruit and Juices
Vitamin C is an A-list celebrity in the nutritional world, and for good reason. It’s common knowledge that Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and stave off sickness. What may not be so commonly understood, is that Vitamin C can give your body quite the energy boost. There’s a reason people love eating fresh fruit in the morning. Getting a tasty, natural treat first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. Actual fruit is the healthiest way to get the natural sugar and Vitamin C necessary in a healthy diet, but juices are typically more practical. Pomegranate, pineapple, orange, watermelon and apple juices are the best combinations of energizing and tasty.
Yes, we said water. Staying hydrated helps your brain function better, but in addition to your daily H2O consumption, there are other types of water that can provide a nice energy boost. Coconut water has been labeled nature’s sports drink because it contains a healthy dose of electrolytes and complex sugars. It’s also good for your digestion and skin. Aloe water, often labeled as a juice, is another great source of energy with numerous health benefits.
Smoothies are an awesome way to implement more vitamins and nutrients into your diet because of what you can throw into the blender. Fruits, vegetables, yogurt, juices and protein powders all blend well together and many of the combinations taste incredible! Mix it up with endless recipes at your disposal online and each day you’ll have a different treat that’s much healthier than a morning cup of Joe with cream and sugar.