Most people use coffee as their go-to beverage, while others choose not to indulge because of their own personal reasons. For some, the high caffeine content causes agitation and even nervousness also referred to as the jitters. On the other hand, some people experience headaches and digestive distress when they ingest coffee. Others simply cannot tolerate the bitter taste and thus have zero intention of indulging in it. If you fall in any of the above categories, then this read will help you know the alternative drinks to coffee that might suit your morning or relaxing needs.
- Chicory coffee: The root of this plant can be roasted, ground, and then brewed into a tasty hot beverage. It tastes similar to coffee but does not have the caffeine side-effects. It has a high inulin content, that helps in digestion and supports people suffering from the leaky gut by boosting the growth of healthy bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. It can help the gallbladder increase its bile production, which aids in the digestion of fat. When purchased in its ground and roasted form, you can simply prepare it like regular coffee. It is recommended that you use two tablespoonfuls of the ground tea for every six ounces of water. You can alter the ratio to your preference. Note that even though inulin is good for the body, it still has side effects such as gas and bloating.
- Matcha tea: This is a green tea that is created by steaming, drying and grinding the Camellia Sinensis leaves to a fine powder. In comparison to green tea, you tend to consume the entire leaf when ingesting the Matcha tea. When you do this, you get a concentrated antioxidant form that is the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Most of the health benefits of Matcha come from this antioxidant including the reduction of high blood pressure risk, reduced body and weight fat, and a lower diabetes type 2 risk. Its flavor is earthy. Since you ingest the entire leaf, its caffeine content is higher in comparison to the regular green tea and even coffee sometimes. The advisable amount for every serving is 35 to 250 mg for every cup.
- Golden milk: This is a caffeine-free alternative to coffee. This drink contains spices such as black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. Other additives to this drink are honey, vanilla, and cardamom. This gives the drink a golden-like color and numerous health benefits. The turmeric makes the drink have anti-inflammation properties because it is rich in curcumin. Black pepper boosts the body’s ability to absorb the curcumin and fat in the body. Therefore, when preparing this drink, you might want to consider whole milk rather than the fat-free milk option.
- Lemon water: This is a great morning drink for your body.it is free of caffeine and calorie and gives a rich vitamin C content to the body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning that it boosts immunity and helps the health of the skin by providing a structure for ligaments, tendons, and skin. You have the option of adding other herbs and fruits to the drink to give it some flavor such as basil, watermelon, mint, and even cucumbers.