If You Hate Coffee But Crave Caffeine, Here Are Some Healthy Coffee Alternatives That Give The Caffeine Kick Best!
For some of us, coffee is life, the beverage that dictates how well the rest of the day turns out.
Not everyone can stand its bitter taste, steaming hot or iced. It may be purely disgusting to some, but they unfortunately need the kick it gets so they succumb to it. There are in fact other sources of caffeine that isn’t coffee.
These coffee alternatives vary in flavor profiles and often times are healthier - no caffeine crash, palpitations and other side effects of taking coffee. You’ll surely find the one that fits your taste best.
1) Matcha Tea
Matcha is the foodie craze of the moment for reasons other than the distinct vivid green color that makes Instagram posts pop. It has its humble origins as a tea-derived drink - it comes from Camelia sinensis plant from which all true teas are made of, just grown and processed differently - that Buddhist monks take for increased alertness and attention.
A gold mine of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, matcha is a wealth of benefits ranging from protecting you from cancer & heart disease to giving you clear, glowing skin.
The best matcha tea offers those looking to switch from coffee, however, is that matcha contains the brain-boosting amino acid L-theanine.
While coffee perks you up, matcha calms you down, relieves stress and releases caffeine periodically, thus eliminating mile-a-minute heart palpitations and headaches.
This results to, at best, matcha tea drinkers gaining the ability to focus and be productive up to 6-8 hours.
2) White Tea
In this list, this delicately flavoured tea has the least caffeine content per milligram per cup, perfect if you want the least bit of stimulation.
Like matcha it comes from Camelia sinesis, and its name comes from the silvery white hairs of the plant’s unopened bud.
Out of all tea types, white tea is picked young during a small window in spring and naturally dried for 3 days, therefore is the least processed. This causes the retention of most of its polyphenols - plant-based molecules that act as antioxidants - in quantities much greater than green tea.
Polyphenols help blood vessels relax which goes a long way in preventing cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, white tea is loaded with catechins, a polyphenol that fights risk factors of osteoporosis and even protects your teeth from bacteria.
3) Black Tea
Black tea is perhaps the most popular in this list - Earl Grey anyone?
It’s journey from tea leaf to tea bag leaves it with the most caffeine content above all tea types, enough to give you a swift kick. It also owes its strong, robust feel is attributed to the way it’s made. Not only that, the ease of which a cup of black coffee can be prepared as it comes in loose leaf or tea bag options adds to its attractiveness as a good alternative to coffee.
It has plenty of health benefits as well.
A study that followed black tea drinkers over a span of 10 years revealed it can significantly lower the risk of stroke. It’s good for your digestive system, keeps your blood sugar low if you take it unsweetened, and boosts your heart health.
Black tea maybe boring as its traditional for a coffee alternative, but there are lots of blends out there that might tickle your fancy.