9 Natural Energy-Boosting Drinks That Are Great Alternatives to Coffee

Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 10 Comments

green-juice celeryBy Katherine Martinko | TreeHugger.com

You may love the energy kick from coffee, but too much can be a bad thing. Try some of these greener, cleaner-burning ‘fuels’ that will wake you up, nourish your body, and keep you going longer.

Related Article: 8 True Benefits of Drinking Coffee You Didn’t Know About

Coffee is good for you in moderation. It contains antioxidants and gives a good energy boost, but too much coffee can have unpleasant side effects. Insomnia, depression, and anxiety have all been linked to too much caffeine, and the quantity of sugar that many people consume along with their coffee isn’t good either. The best thing is not to overdo it. There are plenty of other great energy boosters to get you going without taxing your body in the process. Here are some ideas.

1. Tea

White, green, and black teas all contain caffeine, but it’s a cleaner-burning, longer-lasting fuel when it comes to the energy buzz. You won’t crash as fast or hard, and you won’t get jittery. The tannin in black tea slows the absorption of caffeine and releases it in manageable increments. See Why You Should Drink More Tea.

2. Matcha Latte

When you drink matcha, you ingest the entire ground-up tea leaf, as opposed to steeped leaves, which means that you get a bigger nutritional punch per cup. Matcha has been linked to lower cancer rates. Whisk it into a latte for a coffee-like drink that’s warm and satisfying, but will energize you for longer.

Related Article: How to Get More Energy Without Coffee or Energy Drinks

3. Green Smoothies

Get nutrition, hydration, vitamins, and energy all in one shot. Blend a smoothie using fruits, ice, and spinach to make a delicious, antioxidant-filled drink that’s guaranteed to wake you up. You can even give it an extra caffeine boost with the addition of black tea. (See recipe for black tea smoothies here.)

4. Chia Smoothies

Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, particularly protein, and are becoming a popular choice for athletes to replenish their bodies post-workout. TreeHugger writer Margaret recommends a chia-peanut butter smoothie as a recovery snack – or as a dozy afternoon wake-up call! You can find her yummy recipe here.

5. Ginseng & Licorice Root Tea

This old recipe, posted on TreeHugger back in 2005, is said to be “an overall blood and energy tonic that also helps to detoxify the whole system.” I suspect it was originally meant to be a hangover treatment, but it can work just as well first thing in the morning.

1 handful small tendril rootlets of white ginseng roots (ren shen)
10 long thing slices of licorice root (glycyrrhiza uralensis of G glabra (gan cao))

Put the ginseng and licorice together in a thermos or a large teapot and add 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes, then pour off the liquid into a separate container. Add 4 more cups boiling water to the ginseng and licorice and steep 20 minutes more. You may repeat this process with the same roots up to 5 times. Strain the tea and drink it throughout the day.

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  1. 1398726700450395@facebook.com' The Awesome Coupons says:

    Thanks ! :p

  2. 174790669526873@facebook.com' Andrew Philip Browne says:

    Well, I may well try some of the not so obvious ones , but I genuinely can’t imagine my life with no coffee.
    Thank you good to know info

  3. 10152988978061782@facebook.com' Jitendra Kai Ra Singh says:

    Jyoti Kumar Singh

  4. 1048993025120635@facebook.com' Edward Plaza says:

    No thank you

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  6. 559573164196813@facebook.com' Tiffany Elaine says:

    Teetz Viasmeel

  7. 10154277314233989@facebook.com' David Loader says:

    Looks good Green Celery and Lime

  8. 10153196245166463@facebook.com' Teetz Viasmeel says:

    Thank you Tiffany Elaine

  9. 10153196245166463@facebook.com' Teetz Viasmeel says:

    Ha, most of them are tea drinks. Guess I had it right all along! Will stick to tea!! ?

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