Healthy Coffee Alternatives that Energize & Stimulate

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It’s another Monday or Tuesday morning… time to get your procrastinating butt out of bed so you can start the work-week grind. You jump into that ice cold shower hoping that will help. Ugh! That fails… Still comatose,   you reach for that old reliable jolt of java. Ok, that is true for about 80% of the people I know. Some are more than a cup a day drinkers! My best friend visits Dunkin Donuts four times daily for her small coffee.I’ve come to the conclusion that her eyes are brown because she’s a human coffee pot! I really tried to hop on to this coffee bandwagon, but I just can’t stand the taste! Even after adding a bunch of sugar and French vanilla creamer it’s still barely tolerable. At that point, I’ve wasted $1.79 for a 12oz cup of nonsense. So, the time had come for me to seek out a new healthy wake-me-up in the morning alternative. Guess what? There’s good news on the horizon. But, first let me share with you a coffee cautionary note.

 

As expressed above, I don’t drink coffee because of the taste, but for some it’s not even an option. They are actually allergic to coffee.For those with gluten sensitivities coffee is not the best choice either. There’s actually a protein in coffee that cross-reacts with gluten, according to Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist. She goes on to say that if you are gluten sensitive and abide by your gluten free diet but still drink coffee, there is a strong likelihood that the protein in coffee sets off the same gluten related health problems that you hoped to avoid.

 

Aside from being gluten sensitive or allergic to coffee, there are many other reasons to avoid it too. Mark Hyman, MD, from Hungry for Change, states that caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, or in layman’s terms: makes it more difficult for your cells to respond to high blood sugar levels. This in turn may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and deterioration of the arteries. Separate from the caffeine, coffee’s acidity levels are another concern. High amounts of acid are linked to digestive complications, such as indigestion and heart burn. I don’t know about you, but I have enough problems to deal with without having to worry about how my morning pick-me-up is affecting my health!

Green Tea

Fortunately, Mark also provides us with some healthy alternatives to coffee, and my favorite made the list! Every morning I drink green tea! In the winter, it’s great served hot with honey and lemon. In the summer I prefer it iced and sometimes add some lemonade for a more refreshing taste. Although there’s less caffeine in green tea than found in coffee, the tea packs a jolt of energy and it’s an antioxidant too.

Mint Peach Green Tea Cooler
by Ginnie from Hello Little Home
Yield: 4 servings

Original image by personalcreations via Flickr
Original image by personalcreations via Flickr

Ingredients
8 bags green tea
Small bunch mint
2 large peaches
2 tbsp. sugar
Ice cubes
Instructions:

Begin by boiling a pot of water, and place 2 tea bags and a spring of mint into each glass. Once the water is boiling, fill the glasses 1/3 of the way and allow tea to steep for 5 minutes. Slice peaches into chunks and place into blender along with sugar. Blend until smooth. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags and mint and add 2 iced cubes. Stir until melted. Add 3 tbsp of the peach purée to each glass and stir. Fill glasses with ice. Cut the second peach into slices and add the wedges to each glass. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Wheatgrass Juice

Another great natural energizer is wheatgrass juice. Personally, I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting this fine drink, but the reviews I get are mixed. Some people don’t mind the taste, while others despise it! Mark describes it as a shot of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Energize Me!

Original image by stevendepolo via Flickr
Original image by stevendepolo via Flickr

Recipe from WickedWheatgrass.com
Ingredients
1 x Orange
1 x Pink Grapefruit
1 x Carrot
1 x Lemmon
1 x 30mls of Wheatgrass juice
Instructions
Juice all ingredients and layer this drink into a glass and ENJOY!

I know I won’t be able to convert all the coffee drinkers in the world, but I hope I was able to successfully introduce you to some great healthy alternatives! Like I said earlier, I rely on my daily green tea to get me going, and no one would ever be able to change my mind. I understand if you NEED your coffee because I NEED my green tea. Just in case you dare to try something other than coffee, let me know your selection and how it goes! We, here, at Kitchology would love to hear from you! Share your experiences and opinions with me and I’ll do the same.

About Brittany Whittaker

I will be attending Temple University this fall to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education PreK-4, with a minor in Health/Nutrition. Previously, I graduated from Bucks County Community College with an Associate of the Arts Degree where I developed a strong background in Special Education. However, I hope to combine Education with Health/Nutrition and share my knowledge and enthusiasm with Special Needs/Disabled children in a fun and educational way. I love cooking and am constantly trying new recipes that adhear to a "clean eating" lifestyle. Even more so, I enjoy taste testing the treats I come across.

About Brittany Whittaker 14 Articles
I will be attending Temple University this fall to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education PreK-4, with a minor in Health/Nutrition. Previously, I graduated from Bucks County Community College with an Associate of the Arts Degree where I developed a strong background in Special Education. However, I hope to combine Education with Health/Nutrition and share my knowledge and enthusiasm with Special Needs/Disabled children in a fun and educational way. I love cooking and am constantly trying new recipes that adhear to a "clean eating" lifestyle. Even more so, I enjoy taste testing the treats I come across.

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