Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Natural Coffee Alternatives
Coffee can be quite addicting and people like to kick the habit. Drinking a minimal amount of the best organic beans, doesn't seem to be harmful. However, if you are interested in some natural and yummy alternatives that are very nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals, there are many suggestions.
1. Hot Maca. Maca comes from the highest elevations of the Andes mountains. It is great for coping with stress and it restores and balances the endocrine system. Mix one tablespoon of maca with a cup of warm almond milk. Add in a dash of honey and cinnamon.
2. Dandelion tea. Roasted dandelion, chicory root, and maca blended taste very similar to coffee. Dandelion relieves constipation and soothes the tummy. It is loaded with vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and potassium.
3. Matcha green tea. This green tea is the concentrated powder form. It contains more caffeine and antioxidants than regular green tea. Follow the directions on the box, as it is made differently than regular green tea.
4. Wheat grass juice. A shot of this juice will give you a boost of energy. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
5. Juicing. Combining your favorite alkaline veggies with some fruits can be a great way to start your day. Try a handful of fresh kale with a few carrots and an apple in a high quality juicer.
6. Smoothies. Take a cup of a milk alternative (almond, soy, or hemp), add in a handful of ice, a 1/2 cup of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries), with a banana and a spoonful of nut butter. This filling breakfast will sustain your energy throughout the morning.
7. Rooibos tea. This tea can be found at a natural food store. It contains iron, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. It has been known to cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, and hypertension.
8. Yerba Mate. Coming from the rainforest holly tree, this tea will give you a burst of caffeine. It is also loaded with antioxidants. It is helpful in relieving stress and insomnia.
9. Peppermint tea. Although this tea does not contain caffeine, it boosts the senses which can be a great afternoon pick-me-up. An added bonus is that it helps with stomach issues.
10. Hot carob milk. Instead of making hot chocolate, make carob milk. Heat up a cup of almond milk, add in a few teaspoons of carob powder. Sweeten with some honey and stir well.
While these coffee alternatives may not taste like coffee, they are great alternatives to get your energy up. Also, there is the added bonus that they are healthy for you.