You may enjoy the energy kick from drinking coffee, but too much can be harmful to your well-being. Instead, try some of the greener, cleaner-burning fuels that will keep you up, nourish your body, and keep you going longer. Coffee is good for you in moderation.
It contains antioxidants and gives a good energy boost, but too much coffee can have unpleasant effects. Too much caffeine has been linked to insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
Likewise, the amount of sugar that many people consume with their coffee isn’t good either. The best option 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.
Below Are 9 Energy-Boosting Drinks Better Than Coffee
Caffeine is present in white, green, and black teas, but it is a cleaner-burning, longer-lasting fuel to provide an energy boost. You won’t crash as hard or as quickly, and you won’t feel jittery. The tannin in black tea slows caffeine absorption and releases it in manageable doses.
2. Matcha Latte
When you drink matcha, you ingest the entire ground-up tea leaf instead of 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.
3. Green Smoothies
Get all your nutrition, hydration, vitamins, and energy in one shot. Blend fruits, ice, and spinach to make a delicious, antioxidant-rich drink that is sure to wake you up. With the addition of black tea, you can boost extra caffeine.
4. Chia Smoothies
Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, particularly protein, and become 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 And 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 initially meant to be a hangover treatment, but it can work just as well first thing in the morning.
- 1 handful tiny tendril rootlets of white ginseng roots (ren shen)
- 10 long thin slices of licorice root (glycyrrhiza uralensis of G glabra (gan cao)
- Put the ginseng and licorice together in a thermos or a large teapot.
- 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.
6. Oil Of Oregano infusion
Fatigue is sometimes caused by dormant viruses in the body, which can be fought with oregano’s powerful, antioxidant-laden oil. It will also boost digestion and immune system functioning. Add 1-2 drops to an 8-oz. glass of water and drink once daily.
Kombucha is a fizzy, almost vinegary-tasting drink made of fermented black tea. It’s loaded with microorganisms. Its ability to reinvigorate is attributed to the iron that comes from the tea. It is easy to make at home.
8. Beetroot Juice
Following a study conducted by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, beetroot juice has increased athletic stamina. It can also help to lower blood pressure. To dilute its potency, juice it raw with other vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, celery, etc.) or blend it into a fruit smoothie.
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but water is essential for staying energized throughout the day. Water should always be the first option before moving on to other options. Far too many people turn to fancy energy drinks loaded with sugar, caffeine, and other additives to get through the day when all they need is better hydration.
So keep your water bottle topped up!