Next up in my guest blogger-paloza is Christina from The Dance Grad sharing some different ways to get caffeinated…especially if you are looking for a healthier option! I must say, I might have to check out some of her ideas! Enjoy!
I love coffee. I love the smell, the taste, and the way it wakes me up in the morning like nothing else can. There’s nothing like a Pumpkin Spice Latte this time of year! However, as I’ve been a bit more health conscious this past year, I’ve become aware that drinking too much coffee isn’t the best option for your health. I want to stay healthy, but I still need that pick me up in the morning and around late afternoon. I knew that I needed other options.
So, in case you are like me, and you’re looking for coffee alternatives for this fall season that are still yummy and effective, check out this list of great caffeinated beverage options that don’t involve coffee. Not to mention they are pretty tasty as well!
1. English Breakfast Tea
I spent almost 3 years in London, UK for graduate school, and I was awakened (pun intended) to the magic of English breakfast tea. To me, its different than the Lipton stuff that we get over here in America, and whenever I go back, I always make sure to buy a box of Yorkshire Tea or Tetley to bring back with me. It is a lot stronger if you let it steep in the hot water for about 3 minutes or so, and its really rich in flavor as well. I find that it also doesn’t produce as much acidity in my stomach (I soften suffer from acid reflux) than coffee does. If you’re not fortunate enough to travel across the pond any time soon, but you’d still like this awesome caffeine alternative, they do sell Twinings tea here in the States, which produces their tea in the UK.
2. Green Tea
I usually like to have green tea as an afternoon coffee-alternative drink because it does not provide enough caffeine to wake me up in the morning. However, it definitely does have caffeine, and despite what anyone else says, after drinking it I really notice the difference in how I feel. Not to mention that it provides you with a dose of antioxidants as well, which helps your body fight infection. Kills two birds with one stone, I’d say!
3. Matcha Green Tea
This is the green tea I mentioned above times 10! One glass of matcha green tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 glasses of normal green tea. The difference is that the green tea mentioned above is steeped from the leaves and match green tea is made from the entire leaf, which has been ground up into a fine powder. The powder is then whisked together with hot water to make the tea, and it can be added to milk (or milk alternatives such as soy, coconut, or almond). It creates a richer drink, which is more like the consistency of coffee than the tea that you steep from leaves. I like to use the Domatcha brand because its the most pure form of the leaf that I’ve found available in the U.S., and I usually order it from Amazon.
4. Hot Cocoa
No, I’m not taking about the kind from the packet! I’m referring to the hot cocoa made from pure unsweetened cocoa powder! Just like the packet hot chocolate, you can make it with either hot water or hot milk depending on your preference. I like to sweeten it with either stevia in the raw or organic coconut sugar! Yum!
Hope you enjoy trying out these alternative caffeinated beverages this fall! Let me or Anne Marie know what you think of them in the comments below! Enjoy & happy fall!!