Brewing that first elusive cup of coffee in the morning is a comforting ritual and can have many positive effects. However if you find that you crave that initial caffeine-hit all day long, are having health issues that could be related to overconsumption of coffee, or are just plain addicted, it may be time to address your java love.
The average cup of coffee can contain anywhere from 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine – and that’s before we consider the ‘grande’ and super-size versions. The current dietary guidelines recommend a daily limit of 400 mg of caffeine for a healthy adult so the second or third cup can easily push you over recommended daily limits.
A caffeine boost is a powerful tool to wake up your brain, but overconsumption can find you chasing the coffee high beyond your wake up call. If this sounds familiar you may be up for considering health-boosting coffee alternatives that might just offer you a kick start without the crash. The good news: you can get a similar caffeine fix without coffee. Check out our health-happy alternatives…
Matcha powder (or matcha green tea) has been touted as a superior antioxidant, detoxifier and energy booster. Rising in popularity, it provides a hefty caffeine kick without the jitters, because it contains L-theanine, an amino acid that releases caffeine more gradually into your body than coffee. Just one teaspoon of matcha powder contains roughly 30 mg of caffeine. Matcha may also offer some bonus benefits such as improving the memory as well as sharpening focus. What’s more, since matcha has become more available, you can pick up a matcha latte or matcha green tea instead of your usual coffee order.
Commonly known as tea mushroom or ‘booch’, this fermented, lightly effervescent tea has seen a revival in the coffee shop scene due to its claims of health benefits. Although Kombucha contains just a quarter of the caffeine compared to the standard cup of coffee, it’s enough to provide that elusive buzz.
Another beverage that has found popularity in recent years – coconut water boasts more potassium than a banana, is low in calories and contains less sugar than other fruit juices. Downing a refreshing coconut water is a great way to replace electrolytes, rehydrate and increase energy stores.
Can’t make it through the morning without your daily java? Try brewing some green tea, which has slightly less caffeine than a cup of coffee – clocking in around 30 mg per cup. This powerful, antioxidant-rich tea is loaded with health benefits and is packed with polyphenols that can help burn fat, fight disease and protect the heart at the same time.
Rooibos contains flavonoids that act as antioxidants, making it popular with the health conscious. It is low in tannins compared to most black teas, and is caffeine-free. Rooibos is rich in many minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc and magnesium. It claims to provide a whole host of health benefits, including boosting the immune system and energy levels.
This liquid shot of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients is a powerful natural energiser. Super healthy, wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, which naturally boosts the immune system, increases oxygen supply to cells and tissues, and contributes to cell regeneration, healing the body and reducing fatigue symptoms.
Yes that’s right! The brown stuff may not be your regular go-to caffeine source, as you’d need approximately ten squares of dark chocolate to get the same amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee. All the same, one square of dark chocolate is the perfect afternoon slump-snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, load you up with some antioxidants and provide a mild boost of energy kick to see you through the rest of the day.
This bold-tasting brew is caffeine-free, but supports overburdened adrenal glands, which are organs that respond to stress levels (often overloaded when we reach for coffee). Liquorice tea has a wide variety of uses, such as treating sore throats and reducing body fat stores. Glycyrrhizin, the natural sweetener found in liquorice is 40 times sweeter than table sugar, without the dangers, so this sweet tea can also satisfy sweet-tooth cravings.