Coffee is great! It hypes you up, it tastes great, and the coffee culture can be fantastic in the right setting. It also isn’t for everyone. Coffee intake can cause caffeine sweats, anxiety, heart palpitations, and, of course, inevitably leads to an energy crash. When you rely on coffee to keep you up and going, instead of just a tasty drink you enjoy for pleasure, you run the risk of wearing yourself thin.
The good news is that there are much better sources of caffeine. In some cases, the options in this list may not even have caffeine in them at all! Use them either instead of coffee to get you going, or alongside coffee as a healthier alternative…
If you’re dehydrated, there’s frankly little you can do to wake up as much as you want to. That’s why it’s so important to stay hydrated. Always start your day with a big glass of water to essentially help you reset for the day. Remember to drink more water as well when you consume caffeine, and specifically coffee as it is a diuretic.
Freshly Squeezed Juice
While many juice brands are packed with extra sugar, freshly squeezed juice is typically free of all of that. What you have instead is a natural source of sugar, which is a great way to stay hydrated, and an excellent little pick-me-up when you’re starting to get tired.
Starting your day with a glass of orange juice can then help you get ready for your day, and not just in terms of energy—the vitamin C in orange juice is also an excellent choice to help boost your immune system.
This kava drink is made up of kava, lion’s mane, rhodiola, and kola nut. Combined, this wellness drink works to help you relax while boosting you mentally. It’s naturally caffeinated, so you get that gentle pick-me-up that is then sustained instead of letting you crash through your day.
It’s also been used as a social drink at parties and celebrations for generations in many different cultures, making it a top choice for those who are also hoping for some way to transition easily out of drinking alcohol.
Matcha is another natural source of caffeine that can feel utterly luxurious to drink. The only downside is that, to make matcha properly, you need a whisk and several other kitchen tools such as a pot and stove. This may seem like no big deal—until you try to make it for yourself at work and either don’t have the time, or the equipment.
That being said, matcha is a great choice for those looking to replace their morning coffee. You can even get it mixed in with other additives such as spirulina to truly help improve your health and wellbeing in more ways than one.
Most tea, with the exception of specific decaffeinated teas and fruit teas, naturally contain caffeine. Their caffeine amounts are significantly less than coffee, meaning you can drink higher quantities of tea without overdoing it. This can also help you sustain that energy level and focus you need throughout the day.