If coffee is your go-to drink when you need a boost, you may want to consider getting that much- needed burst of energy from elsewhere. Why? Well, caffeine can actually have harmful effects on the body. If you’re drinking it in large quantities, you may be familiar with the dizziness, headaches and fatigue that occurs after consumption.
While caffeine initially provides a burst of energy, the crash that follows leaves us feeling hungover. Here you can discover healthy alternatives to coffee. Curb that caffeine habit and feel energised with these healthy drinks:
Hot Water with Lemon
I know what you’re thinking: this has nothing on your freshly brewed coffee. However, once you get used to drinking hot water with lemon, it’s actually quite pleasant. I can honestly say that a cup of this stuff each morning works wonders – and that’s coming from someone with three boys!
Lemons are rich in vitamin C which, as you probably already know, boosts your immune system. But did you know that it plays a role in energy production too? Try ditching your morning coffee for hot water with lemon and you’ll soon feel a difference.
Coconut water has been a fad for some time, but it’s much more than just a trend-leading beverage. The refreshing drink is full of goodness – antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C and lots of minerals too – so if you swap it for your daily cup of Joe, you’ll soon see a difference in your energy levels.
Coconut water can be enjoyed as it is, but I like to blend it with bananas and strawberries to make a delicious smoothie; it’s a truly tasty way of getting that desired burst of energy.
Green tea really does have an acquired taste. However, once you get used to it, it’s like comfort in a cup. While green tea does contain caffeine, it has significantly less than coffee so it’s the perfect drink if you want to slowly wean yourself off it. You’ll get an energy hit, without the caffeine comedown! Win-win.
My personal tip would be to add a teaspoon of honey to take the edge off or, try a range of green teas until you find one you like!
I love chai. It’s soothing and, best of all, it’s just as satisfying as coffee. How? I’m a latte lady and chai is made with hot milk, so I almost feel like I’m drinking a smooth and creamy cup of coffee – but with exotic spices. Each spice has health benefits, so it’s almost like drinking a tasty medicine!
If you tend to drink your coffee with milk, chai is the way forward. You’ll naturally cut your caffeine intake by swapping coffee for chai, plus it’s the perfect pick-me-up, particular on colder days.
So, whether you choose to trade in your cup of java for a cold drink or a hot beverage that contains little to no caffeine, you’ll be on track to a healthier lifestyle; you’ll sleep better and wake up with more energy.
About the Author
Joy Richards is the sleep and wellness expert Happy Beds, the UK’s leading bed and mattress store. Joy runs The Comfort Zone – the company’s news hub that’s dedicated to helping customers find the comfiest bed, be it a divan bed for the guest room or a cabin bed for the kid’s room. You can get in touch with Joy by tweeting @HappyBedsUK.