Starting your morning with a cup of coffee is a ritual millions of Americans partake in, but at some point, one cup turns into 2 and 2 cups turn into four. Before you know it, you’ve got a caffeine addiction, and your usual cup of coffee doesn’t keep you awake, it simply prevents caffeine withdrawal.
It’s possible to get the same energy boost and enhanced focus from these 6 healthy alternatives to coffee:
Yerba mate is made from the leaves of the holly tree, which naturally contain caffeine. While yerba mate is traditionally infused with hot water as a tea, recently brands have created canned energy drinks as an alternative to Rockstar and Red Bull. Yerba mate tea has less caffeine than coffee but more caffeine than tea, making it a good choice for people look to taper down their energy drink or coffee addiction.
Looking for a stimulant that is caffeine free? Kratom is in the coffee plant family, but the green ground powder looks like and tastes like a more bitter version of green tea matcha. Many people don't like the taste of pure kratom tea, and try to blend it with coffee or other drinks. We recommend AURA tea, which has a natural raspberry chocolate flavor and includes an energizing strain of kratom.
If you do decide to go for straight kratom, or pick a strain to power up your AURA tea, pick an energizing white vein kratom strain like White Bali to make sure you get amped instead of sleepy like you can with red vein kratom strains.
Whether you add CBD oil to your tea, coffee, or juice, or you drop it under the tongue, CBD oil is a great way to increase energy and focus in the morning before work. CBD oil activates your endocannabinoid system and provides energy without a crash. Sick of caffeine withdrawal headaches? CBD doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms, and may even help you taper down that coffee habit without the pain.
Green Tea Matcha Latte
While green tea contains caffeine, it contains about half the amount of the average cup of coffee. Matcha powder contains 137 times the amount of antioxidants than the average green tea bag. When you mix in milk, oat milk, or even MCT oil powder to make your green tea matcha drink into a latte, you'll boost the vitamin, mineral, and protein content.
Once you swap your coffee for black tea, you'll realize that less is more. Black tea has an average of 50 mg of caffeine per cup, while coffee has about 100 mg. Black tea, like green tea, also contains L-theanine, which provides calm and balances out any jitters from caffeine. Another benefit of black tea is that it is full of antioxidants, but look for organic loose leaf tea or tea bags, versus cheap processed tea bags that likely lack them.
Guayusa is made from the leaves of the holly tree called Ilex guayusa, which is native to South America, particularly Ecuador and the Amazon rainforest. Guayusa, like yerba mate, has become more mainstream in recent years. One advantage of guayusa is that it is less bitter than yerba mate, and doesn't need as much sugar to balance the flavor. You can find guayusa tea and even guayusa energy drinks in many grocery stores today.