Your morning cuppa doesn’t have to be coffee! Although you may have been led to believe otherwise, coffee isn’t always an ideal way to start your morning as it can sometimes lead to restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. There are heaps of other options out there to help give you a healthy boost of energy when you need it. Here are 5 natural caffeine alternatives you’ll love.
This nifty root helps increase circulation in the body, which is the perfect way to fight fatigue and start your day on a healthy note. Ginger can be added to smoothies or juices, you can drink it warm or cold in a tea form, or you can simply down a shot of ginger root juice — the choice is yours!
2. Yerba Mate
Made from naturally caffeinated leaves of the holly tree found in South America, Yerba Mate is also packed with nutrients. It provides the same buzz that coffee does without the heavy slump that can come after your morning cuppa Joe. Prep and consume Yerba Mate in a variety of different ways: try drinking it hot or cold, brew it in a tea infuser or French Press, or even put it in a traditional filter coffee machine.
You’ll mostly find Maca in the form of a powdered root. It has been around for centuries and is known to improve kidney function, increase levels of mental focus and reduce tiredness. Add a few scoops of the powder to your morning smoothie or sip it hot with a plant-based milk.
4. Peppermint Tea
This refreshing herb helps boost exercise performance and increase brain oxygen concentration. It’s super easy to grow in your garden so you can always have the leaves readily available. Add a few fresh or dried leaves to hot water and steep for a quick cup of tea. You can also try adding peppermint essential oil which can give the body an equally energising boost.
5. Green Tea
Green tea contains slightly less caffeine than coffee but still ups your energy levels without the post-coffee crash. The tea leaves are also jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants — this stuff is great! Brew green tea leaves in hot water and enjoy with a dash of honey, or add ice for a quick iced tea.
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