Trying to the kick your morning macchiato addiction? Get a natural energy boost with these healthy alternatives!
Made from a nutritious blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts, Teechino is roasted and ready to brew in your coffee machine, plunger or cup-filter. The base is a totally natural mix of carob, barley and chicory root with 10 varieties to choose from including choc-mint, chai, and vanilla-nut. They are all caffeine free, and two gluten free options are also available. Buy at teecchino.com.au
2) Dandelion root
Dandy lattes are where it’s at! The dandelion plant is a source of vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus zinc and iron. It also possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Chinese medicine has used dandelion root for centuries to help treat digestive issues, rid the body of excess water retention and boost liver function. The roasted root is used as a delicious caffeine free coffee alternative. If you usually drink black coffee try serving it on its own, or with a dash of unsweetened almond milk.
3) Crio Brü
Made solely from roasted cocoa beans, this is a healthy, mocha style alternative to coffee. Cocoa beans contain a natural stimulant called theobromine that’s a relative of caffeine. But unlike caffeine, theobromine gives you a noticeable increase in energy without making you feel nervous or jittery. Full of antioxidants, this low-calorie drink is naturally gluten, dairy and sugar-free. Plus, cacao also helps boost your mood by increasing serotonin levels. Just prepare Crio the same way you would make coffee. Buy at http://www.criobru.com.au
4) Ginseng tea
Ginseng tea is thought to boost overall energy, immunity and wellbeing. Scientific evidence is limited in these areas, however ginseng may help prevent common colds and flu, improve resilience to stress and enhance mental performance. If you’re on medications check with your doctor before taking ginseng, but otherwise enjoy by steeping for five minutes in hot water with a little honey.
5) Chai tea
You’ll halve your caffeine intake by swapping coffee for green or black chai tea. Enjoy the antioxidant boost, and soothe your insides with the anti-inflammatory effects of the spices including warming cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Cinnamon also helps control your blood sugar levels, while ginger calms your tummy and helps to de-bloat. Enjoy with almond milk for a comforting, nourishing experience!