For many, coffee is a go-to morning beverage, but some might choose not to drink it for a host of reasons. The high amount of caffeine, for example, can cause nervousness and agitation – commonly known as “the jitters.” Coffee can also lead to digestive distress and headaches. If any of these issues resonate with you, here are five delicious alternatives to coffee that will leave you feeling included in the morning beverage rush.
Matcha is a type of green tea made by steaming, drying, and grinding the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant into a fine powder. In contrast to brewable green tea, you consume the whole leaf. For this reason, you’re getting a much more concentrated source of antioxidants — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), in particular. Matcha has a fresh flavor, which some describe as earthy.
Lemon water is a great way to start your day. It’s calorie- and caffeine-free and provides an ample dose of vitamin C. As an antioxidant, vitamin C plays a role in your immune system and protects your skin from sun damage. You can also add other fruits and herbs for a variety of flavors — cucumbers, mint, and basil are popular options. Lemon water is a simple yet refreshing way to start your day on a hydrated note.
Chai tea is a spiced black tea with robust flavor and a modest amount of caffeine. Though it contains less caffeine than coffee, studies suggest that black tea may still improve mental alertness and may lower your risk of heart disease. Besides its potential health benefits, chai tea has a comforting smell and taste that will leave your insides feeling warm!
Kombucha is made by fermenting black tea with bacteria, yeast, and sugar. After fermentation, kombucha contains probiotics, acetic acid, and antioxidants — all of which may have health benefits. Studies suggest that kombucha may boost your immune system, improve cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.
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