11 Natural Coffee Alternatives That Take The Sting Out Of Giving Up Your Daily Joe
I can't get through a day without coffee, and I don't have plans to change that anytime soon. I went through a brief, dark period where my doctor recommended I switch to decaf to help with anxiety — that lasted a matter of weeks. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to give up coffee, though. Maybe you're worried about your dependence on coffee, or you want to try to vary your routine. You can even take a break just to test your willpower — I have friends who give up coffee for Lent. Regardless, there are plenty of natural coffee alternatives that won't make you miserable.
I tend to ignore any life advice that requires me to do extra work — for example, exercising regularly has been shown to boost energy, but I'm not about that life, which is why I've only included caffeine alternatives that you can pour in a cup. If your goal is to feel chipper without coffee, it may be a good idea to consider a daily supplement or a doctor's appointment, since a lack of energy can be a sign of a mineral deficiency like iron-deficiency anemia. If you just want to change up your routine, these coffee substitutes will get the job done — and some even contain caffeine.
1. Fruit-Infused Water
I know that drinking water may sound like it won't do much of anything, but it's actually been proven to help with energy — especially if you add a slice of lemon. According to Medical News Today, early studies have shown that it may help improve metabolic health, although more research is needed.
4. Chai Tea
Matcha is super versatile — it can be used in recipes, and matcha tea can boost your energy while also help calm you down. The taste may take some getting used to, but the benefits are worth it. According to Got Matcha, though, the green-tea derived drink can have up to half the amount of caffeine that's in a cup of coffee, so you might not want to reach for it if caffeine's what you want to cut out.
I know that "instant warm beverage" isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but people swear by this. It's a caffeine-free coffee substitute that dates back to 1895, according to Deseret News.
7. Hot Chocolate
8. Green Tea
Green tea is touted as a coffee substitute mainly because it has so many other benefits, like helping keep you hydrated and improving your skin. While it still has some caffeine in it, it's only about a third compared to a cup of black coffee.
9. Sparkling Water
I know, it's hard to believe — but sparkling water has a bubbly kick to it that's reminiscent of soda, and it's way better for you. If you're tired of both plain water and coffee, you can give this bubbly, caffeine-free beverage a try.
10. Rooibos Tea
11. A Fruit Smoothie
If you have a cup of coffee right when you wake up, there's no better alternative than a fruit smoothie. You can add in milk and nutrient-rich fruits to make your morning treat almost as satisfying as a Starbucks drink, but that can also double as breakfast.
I'll cling to my coffee until the day I die, but these treats show that it's possible to ditch coffee and live to tell the tale. Whether you're trying to cut down on caffeine but still be alert, or you're just looking to switch your routine up, there's definitely an option that will work for you.