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Cutting on Caffeine? Try These Energy-Boosting Alternatives
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by Savoir Flair 2-minute read March 8, 2022

If you’re keen to take a break from coffee, but can’t seem to sacrifice the energy hit, saying goodbye to your daily fix can be tricky. Instead of going cold turkey, you might want to try one of these natural alternatives to coffee that provide a similar pick-me-up.

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Coffee keeps us going through sleepy mornings, but there can be too much of a good thing. Whether you’re a fan of a fancy flat white or you stick to a humble jar of the instant variety, we’re estimated to get through two billion cups around the world, each and every day.

If you’re one of the people that’s keen to take a break from caffeine, but can’t seem to sacrifice the energy hit, saying goodbye to your daily fix can be a tricky business. Instead of going cold turkey, you might want to try one of these alternatives to coffee that provide a similar pick-me-up.

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MATCHA

Matcha is a Japanese tea powder that’s made from grinding up dried tea leaves. Known of its distinctive green color, it can be a helpful substitute for hardcore coffee drinkers, especially if you tend to feel afternoon energy crashes after slurping on espressos all morning.

“Although matcha contains caffeine, it also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which slows its release in the body,” explains nutritionist Jenna Hope. “As a result, you’ll experience a gradual rise and fall in energy when you drink it, rather than the sharp spike, followed by an unpleasant low.” Hope says that matcha also has another big benefit; it’s rich in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals in the body – unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing both illness and aging.

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KOMBUCHA

This funky-tasting tea has been a major wellness trend in recent years, thanks to its supposed health benefits – advocates say that the fermented drink can aid digestion and improve immune function. Kombucha can also act as a helpful alternative to sugary drinks or coffee, because it’s generally low in sugar and, like many types of tea, contains lower amounts of caffeine – with most brands containing around 10mg per 100ml. The sweet tea also has a slight fizz to it, which some find helps to wake them up first thing, better than a glass of water.

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BANANAS

These nutritionally-dense foods are secretly the healthiest way to get an energy hit first thing on a Monday morning. The banana’s secret weapons are sucrose, fructose and glucose – three natural sugars that give you a substantial source of fuel. They’re also a grab-and-go source of potassium and vitamin B6, all of which can help to keep your energy levels stable. If you want something soothing to sip on while starting the day, whizz them up in a shake for a morning treat.

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GREEN TEA

Functional medicine health coach Suzy Glaskie warns that coffee can wreck our sleep as well as exhaust our adrenal glands. “I prefer a cup of green tea, which provides a more gentle caffeine lift,” she says. Similarly to matcha, it has slightly less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but enough to give you a boost without any of the weird jitters. “Studies have found that adding a squeeze of lemon may make the active ingredients even more potent,” says Glaskie. Green tea is also rich in polyphenols, natural compounds that are thought to have potent health benefits, including reducing inflammation and helping to treat digestive issues.

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