Five beverages to try instead of your morning coffee

Five beverages to try instead of your morning coffee

Coffee in itself is not bad. It can even provide some health benefits, such as supplying antioxidants, if consumed in moderation. However, for many of us who work in an office, we cannot function until we’ve had our morning cup of Joe. If we’ve reached this point, coffee is no longer a benefactor. Additionally, for some of us, the morning cup is actually more like three or more cups throughout the day.

Drinking too much coffee can cause symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia. For hardcore coffee drinkers this also means that it will likely take more and more coffee to receive the same productivity effects. Kick your coffee habit by grabbing one of these other beverages instead.

  1. Herbal tea

    Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It falls only behind water in consumption. Although some teas contain caffeine, which wouldn’t be beneficial if you’re trying to kick the caffeine habit, herbal teas are made from plants, herbs, fruit seeds and roots and are caffeine-free. The health benefits of herbal teas are endless. For instance, chamomile tea has been known to relieve stress, while ginger tea is known to ease nausea.

    If you really want to get adventurous with tea try mugicha, a Japanese roasted barley tea. Mugicha has a savory toasty taste and is made by simply steeping the roasted barley in hot water. Mugicha can also be consumed cold. If this is your preference simply place a mugicha tea bag in a pitcher of water and place it in the fridge. The tea is ready to consume once it’s chilled. The benefits of mugicha are believed to range from cholesterol control to assisting with digestion. Mugicha is sold in Japanese and Korean grocery stores.

  2. Water with freshly squeezed lemon

    Swapping your daily coffee for a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon can do wonders for your skin and body. Lemon water not only hydrates the body, but also provides vitamin C and can improve the quality of your skin. Lemon water is also a great beverage to assist your body with detoxification. When consumed, the lemon and water together encourage toxins to leave the body faster. This detoxification can result in weight loss, another health benefit. If you’re used to a hot coffee in the morning, heat up your water before squeezing the lemon in to get the same warmth.

  3. Green juice

    In the last few years, green juice has soared in popularity and for good reason. Drinking the juice of green vegetables, without the added fiber you would get from eating them, allows the nutrients to quickly travel to your cells. The result is a jolt of energy. If you can’t seem to function without your morning coffee try consuming green juice instead. You will likely find that the juice will provide you with the same energy you desire without the possible health detriments.

    To make green juice you can purchase a juicer. Common greens used in juices are kale, spinach and lettuce. Add other vegetables with high water content like cucumbers and celery to create more liquid for your juice. A single apple and some lemon juice can also be added to the juicer to make the beverage less bitter and more palatable.

    If making your own green juice sounds overwhelming, juice bars are popping up all over the country and chances are there is one near you. Make sure, however that the bar uses fresh fruits and vegetables. Juices that are not made fresh or that contain preservatives do not have the same nutritional benefits as those that are made from scratch.

  4. Carbonated or sparkling water

    If plain water just isn’t your thing, try its fancier version – carbonated or sparkling water. If you enjoy soda (another beverage that isn’t good for your health), but want something more beneficial for your body, carbonated or sparkling water is the perfect alternative. Not only is carbonated and sparkling water fun to drink, but it comes in a variety of flavors. Swapping your coffee for this bubbly alternative will leave you feeling more hydrated, improve your digestion and possibly even alleviate constipation.

  5. Nut milk

    Today many of us are discovering that we are lactose intolerant. Sadly, this means that the warm milk that many of us drank to sleep better can no longer be sought out for comfort. Thankfully, however, a variety of alternative milks are now available. Nut milk can be found in almost any grocery store.

    The most common nut milks are almond and cashew. Hazelnut milk is also increasing in popularity. Nut milk is made by soaking nuts overnight in water to soften them up. Once soaked, the water is drained. The nuts are then blended with fresh water until mostly smooth. The concoction is then strained to get the smooth drink you may be familiar with. Many companies that make nut milks fortify it by adding vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and calcium.

    Drink nut milk instead of your morning coffee and have fun with it by adding spices such as cinnamon or vanilla. If you have a nut allergy, try other dairy milk alternatives like rice or coconut milk.