Did you know that coffee is the most consumed beverage in the United States? The coffee industry is worth over $100 billion globally and no matter what part of the world you’re in – you can find a slice of coffee culture. We all have our own coffee rituals, whether you’re brewing a cup at home or buying one on your way to work. But, in a world where we’re focusing on our wellness and making better choices for our bodies, coffee can have long-term side effects. Caffeine consumption can potentially raise your blood pressure, contribute to heightened anxiety and worsen your insomnia. And if you’re drinking more than 4 cups a day? You’re definitely taking years off your life.
Coffee Alternatives for Better Energy
But thanks to food industry trends, there’s always a new buzzworthy drink or health food to try out. This time, I wanted to find an alternative to coffee.
Earlier the year, my doctor mentioned that my blood pressure was too high for my age, thanks to a combination of stress, diet and genetics. Two of my immediate family members have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol.. I know that I consume more caffeine than I should right now, so I wanted to find alternatives to my two-cups-a-day habit.
If you’ve not seen this swirly green drink across your Instagram feeds, where have you been? The matcha latte can be enjoyed iced or hot, and it’s derived from specialty processed green tea leaves. Yes, it does contain caffeine, almost as much as a cup of coffee but it gives a continuous energy boost throughout the day. However, it’s definitely an acquired taste. If you’re a fan of flavoured coffees and enjoy a sugar high (this is a judgement free zone), you’ll need to adjust your tastebuds. But, regardless of the taste, matcha lattes have still been one of the most popular food trends of the last decade.
A coffee alternative with origins in China, green tea has been touted globally for all its health benefits. It certainly wakes me up and not just because of the caffeine, it’s definitely the taste. Green tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is named one of the healthiest beverages to enjoy in the morning. The high levels of antioxidants in green tea assist in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as possibly lowering high blood pressure. This was the simplest switch-over for me, easy to find and make.
Mushroom coffee. Yes, you read that correctly. I hear mushrooms and automatically think of pasta and pizza. However, if you head over to any health food shop or zero waste grocer, chances are you’ll find a bag of chaga or reishi mushroom coffee. The benefits of said fungus as coffee? Mushrooms are an adaptogen, meaning it can help reduce stress, fatigue and anxiety. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immune system. Again, the taste is something to acquire – but it’s worth a try. Want to know more? Our Director of Brand and Business, Roki Prunali shared her thoughts on this coffee replacement.
I’ll admit it right away, I love the taste of kombucha. It’s not a popular one with some people, but I enjoy it so much. One of my weaknesses include sugary, fizzy drinks (shameful, but true!) and kombucha has been a really great alternative for me. It doesn’t have much caffeine, so it’s not going to wake you up straight away, but it’s a good way to stay hydrated. The fermented drink contains tea, sugar and those all-important probiotics to assist with gut health. It’s also a good source of antioxidants and can reduce heart disease risk.
But be aware, kombucha does contain quite a bit of sugar and that can have a detrimental effect on your dental health and gums. Pregnant women and children should also not be drinking kombucha as it can contain trace amounts of alcohol.
Another wellness trend that’s gotten plenty of press, celery juice had a serious moment in 2019. I attempted the seven-day celery juice challenge and Roki Prunali explained why you should start your day with it..
The internet was abuzz with articles, videos and content surrounding this superjuice and the challenge around it. Celery juice has been praised for detoxing the body, aiding digestion and boosts your energy levels. Some people have replaced their daily coffee with celery juice or alternate their coffee consumption with this superjuice from time to time.
Sounds perfect, right? Just get ready to juice in abundance and if you’re drinking it first thing, make sure you’re near a bathroom. Oh and the taste? Definitely acquired.
Are you considering ditching or limiting your coffee consumption? Let us know what your favourite coffee alternatives are below!
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