Trying to break your coffee habit? It can actually be easier with these healthier substitutes for coffee that still give you plenty of energy.
Coffee is a huge part of our culture, so much so that it almost borders on national tradition. How many movies, commercials, and shows have we seen where the first thing the adults do every morning is make themselves a cup of coffee? To have anything else for breakfast seems odd.
The problem with this is that we tend to assume that most of the adults in our life drink coffee as well. While it’s not unheard of for somebody to not drink coffee, this raises an interesting question.
Coffee contains caffeine, which is most often put in drinks to provide energy. If you don’t have a taste for coffee, what do you drink instead? Are there any substitutes for coffee that provide the same pick-me-up?
It turns out there are, and we’ll talk more about some of them in the paragraphs below.
- Matcha Tea
Matcha Tea is a type of green tea and is a much healthier alternative to coffee. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that can do everything from helping you lose weight to staving off certain cancers.
As if that weren’t enough, Matcha tea is also highly caffeinated. It contains at least as much caffeine as coffee.
- Lemon Water
Lemon water is just what it sounds like–water with lemon in it. In addition to being healthier than coffee, especially those with added cream and sugar, it also has plenty of antioxidants, electrolytes, and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C has been found to benefit the skin and slow the aging process, while the antioxidants strengthen your immune system. Then there are the electrolytes, which have been shown to be very beneficial in terms of weight loss.
- Chicory Root Coffee
The next entry on our list of substitutes for coffee is Chicory root coffee. It’s not technically coffee, because it’s made of ground chicory root, not coffee beans. It’s also not caffeinated.
It tastes very similar to coffee, but also aids in digestion, often by helping keep useful bacteria alive in your digestive tract. It also keeps blood sugar balanced and works as an anti-inflammatory.
It should be noted that chicory should not be used while pregnant since it can cause menstrual bleeding and miscarriage.
While chicory root can cause a miscarriage, we ask that you don’t use it for this purpose. Herbal abortion can be very dangerous, far more than a clinical abortion. If a doctor recommends it to you, contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, because you may have a malpractice case.
- Chai Tea
Chai tea is a form of black tea. In case you’re wondering, black tea and green tea are named because of the process they go through. Black tea, for instance, is allowed to ferment, which changes the tea quite a bit.
Chai is caffeine free, although it doesn’t give as much energy as a cup of coffee would. Chai tea more than makes up for that because it increases heart health.
The Many Substitutes for Coffee
There are a lot of substitutes for coffee. We’ve mentioned only a few of them here, but we encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re interested.
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