Coffee Alternatives To Retain Your Caffeine Buzz

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Is coffee bad for you? Well, it’s not a simple yes or no. Coffee can be pretty divisive; it’s acidic and rather addictive, doesn’t play nice with our livers or blood pressure, and wreaks havoc on our stress hormones.

That said, coffee is a pretty complex beverage. One small black coffee a day – not too hot, mind you – could even be good for your health! Regular coffee drinking has been linked to a decreased risk in some types of cancer, type-2 diabetes, and even Parkinson’s disease.

Still don’t know what to think? We hear you. Like most things in life, coffee is good in moderation – especially if you keep consumption to a minimum and don’t sweeten it up.

If you’re looking to cut back on the caffeine, feeling energised is as easy as A, B, C!

 

An Apple a Day‍

Believe it or not, apples are said to be just as effective at waking you up in the morning as a cup of coffee! How? It’s a combination of their high levels of natural glucose (each apple contains about 13 grams of sugar) plus slow-release antioxidants found in apple skin.

The sensory crunch of actually eating an apple also helps stimulate your mind into action. Is there anything healthy snacking can’t do?

 

Brew some tea‍

If you’re finding it hard to quit coffee as soon as you wake up, try replacing your caffeine routine with a healthier alternative. Chai tea is a great choice, packed full of cinnamon to increase awareness, ginger and cloves to combat sugar cravings, and mood-lifting cardamom.

Matcha – a powdered green tea made using the whole plant, not just the leaves – is another amazing coffee alternative. It does contain caffeine, but it’s also full of a natural relaxant, which means a steady energy release without the coffee crash.

 

Chia? Chi-yeah!‍

One of the superfoods to really make a big impact over the past couple of years, chia seeds are powerful slippery little suckers. These textural delights are heaving with omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for brain health and make you feel more alert.

Chia seeds are also super absorbent and can hold up to 10 times their weight in water, keeping you hydrated and speeding up the process of converting food into energy. Try them soaked overnight in ‘pudding’ form, sprinkle them on your porridge, or add them to your breakfast smoothie.

Ashton Rigg