For many Canadians, coffee is central to their morning ritual. The elixir helps us start the day on the right foot and gives us the energy we need to tackle the challenges of the day. For some, caffeinated drinks become an uncomfortable source of dependency – a real drug! – which is difficult to give up. For others, caffeine is simply not for them. Good news! There are many alternatives to coffee that can help you wake up in the morning to greet the day.
1. Matcha tea
Matcha tea is a derivative of green tea, but, in this case, the dried leaves have been ground into powder. Unlike tea, whole leaves are consumed in matcha, so, among other things, a higher concentration of caffeine and antioxidants is consumed. Its taste is described by some as earthy and is excellent served with milk to make a very creamy drink.
2. Chaï tea
Chaï tea contains theine, the same molecule as caffeine, but in smaller quantities than coffee. This beverage, which can be enjoyed hot or cold, has a strong and comforting aroma, as well as being so creamy when milk is added, you might even feel like you are drinking coffee!
A kind of hybrid between hot chocolate and coffee, carob is the perfect hot drink without caffeine. Mix it with milk and add a little honey for a comforting morning brew.
Maté comes from a different plant than tea, but has a similar effect. It is naturally caffeinated, but does not provide the negative effects of coffee, such as spikes in energy. Instead, it provides a stable, calmer energy.
5. Lemon water
There’s nothing like a good glass of fresh water to start your day on the right foot. Add lemon or lime juice, a few wedges or even aromatic herbs for an extra kick.
6. Chicory root
Chicory root, like coffee, is roasted, ground and infused, except that it contains no caffeine. Among the alternatives, it tastes the closest to coffee. It is also prepared in the same way, so the change may be easier to make.
7. Peppermint tea
In addition to the benefits of tea, peppermint tea has a fresh and minty taste, leaving you with fresh breath. No more unpleasant post-coffee mouth.
8. Golden milk
Golden milk is a good alternative to other hot drinks and contains absolutely no caffeine. It is prepared by mixing spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper. Cardamom, vanilla or honey can also be added. Everything is mixed with the milk of your choice to obtain the golden milk.
Kombucha is created by fermenting tea with bacteria, yeast and sugar. The drink, which is consumed cold, contains antioxidants and probiotics. Its tangy taste and sparkling texture will certainly wake you up.
10. Wheatgrass juice
While not to everyone’s taste, wheatgrass juice is one of the most nutritious on the market. It contains many vitamins, as well as minerals and nutrients essential for good health. You can take a shoot as is, or add it to a protein shake or smoothie.
Whatever your taste, if you’re in the market for change, you will certainly find an alternative to coffee among all these delicious options! Why not give them a try?!