Let’s face it, that morning cup of coffee is part of most of our AM routines. For many of us, it’s the very first thing we do (drink the coffee, then do the things). And, while coffee isn’t always the enemy, it may not be the best choice for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine alternative to finally ditch the coffee habit, or coffee just doesn’t settle with you, we have some tips.
Read on as we share all the deets on our top ten favorite caffeine alternatives that will leave you feeling energized and productive all morning.
The 101 on Caffeine
Ok, so what’s the deal with caffeine? Are we really telling you not to have that morning cup?
While studies show that small amounts of caffeine (like 400 mg per day, which equals roughly 4 cups) is usually tolerated by most healthy adults, caffeine def isn’t for everyone. Plus, everyone’s caffeine tolerance is extremely different.
For those who don’t tolerate caffeine well, caffeine jitters may hit hard after chugging that morning brew. For others, caffeine may lead to some pretty uncomfortable digestive upset.
But, we all could use a little pick-me-up in the AM, right? So, while caffeine may not be the best choice (at least in excess), we’re sharing some pretty darn amazing caffeine alternatives that will be sure to leave you feeling energized without feeling edgy.
Want in? We got you.
10 Caffeine Alternatives to Leave You Energized to Tackle The Day
#1 Try Golden Milk
We love us some golden milk around here. Not only is it delicious, but it’s an incredibly nutrient-dense way to start your day and fuel your body with powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Here’s our fav way to make it:
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 1 sprinkle of black pepper
Simply add all the ingredients to a stock pot over low/medium heat and whisk well.
Whisk over heat until warm and then pour into your favorite mug.
Sip and enjoy!
#2 Bring in the Natural Light
Hop out of bed and open those blinds! Getting more light in the morning helps you feel more alert. Plus, getting more light in the AM, and staying away from that blue-light coming from our electronics at night helps regulate melatonin.
The result? Feeling more awake in the morning and ready to wind down your day when it’s actually time to hit the hay.
#3 Add Some Cold Water to Your Shower
Right before you get ready to get out of the shower, turn on the cold water. While this may sound like the last thing you want to do, it may give you that much-needed morning energy boost.
Cold showers have been found to help us feel more alert, making it a great way to get the energy flowing without the caffeine.
#4 Sip on Some Peppermint Tea
There’s something super refreshing about peppermint tea, and it may just give you that pep in your step you need first thing in the AM.
Research has even shown peppermint to hold some impressive energy-boosting properties, so go on and get sipping. And, if you’re feeling really adventurous, grow your own peppermint at home to make a DIY brew each morning (yum!)
#5 Try Chai Tea
Chai tea fans, this one’s for you. While traditional chai tea does have some caffeine, it’s much less than that morning cup of coffee. Plus, you can get decaf to avoid caffeine altogether.
And, not only does chai tea serve as a great morning energizer, it’s also been found to help support blood sugar levels (thanks to the cinnamon content).
#6 Blend Up An Energy-boosting Smoothie
Start your morning with an energy-boosting smoothie that will not only serve as a great coffee replacement but will fuel your body, keeping you satisfied until lunch.
Try blending together lots of energy-boosting foods (we’re looking at you, healthy fats!) Things like coconut or MCT oil, sliced avocado, and almond butter make great smoothie add-ins for some serious energy, and blood sugar support.
Toss in your favorite fruits like blueberries, a frozen banana, and a handful of spinach. Mix it all together with your go-to dairy-free milk.
Viola! Breakfast is taken care of, and you’re giving your body all the healthy fats it needs for sustained energy and stable blood sugar all morning.
#7 Brew Some Herbal “Coffee”
If it’s more the flavor of coffee that you’re looking for, try giving this caffeine alternative a try. Herbal coffee (like Teeccino) is made from herbs, and this particular brand uses Chicory root with a blend of natural ingredients like almonds and carob.
It tastes like coffee but also nourishes your body without the added acidity or caffeine jitters.
Try sipping on it in your favorite mug with a splash of coconut milk and a drizzle of raw honey for a caffeine-free way to start your day.
#8 Hydrate Water
Say what, hydrating with water as a caffeine alternative? Ok, ok, we know this one sounds far-fetched, but sipping on a glass of water first thing comes with some serious health benefits (including energy).
Being dehydrated is basically a recipe for serious fatigue and brain fog. We have to break the overnight fast with a tall glass of water and a nourishing meal. This will help rehydrate the body, helping us feel more alert, and will help prevent dehydration from setting in.
You can add a metabolism-revving boost by squeezing in some fresh lemon juice, and a sprinkle of ginger.
#9 Resort to Decaf If Needed
Want to drop the caffeine, but aren’t ready to do away with coffee completely? Try opting for decaf first, and then transition yourself onto one of the other caffeine alternatives.
Heads up— If you’re used to drinking caffeinated beverages in the AM, don’t quit cold turkey! This can lead to massive headaches and irritability. Wean yourself off slowly to help avoid that extremely uncomfortable caffeine withdrawal.
#10 Get Moving With Your Fav Playlist
Crank up your favorite morning playlist and press play on a quick FitOn workout before you head out the door to work. Exercise is an ideal way to get the blood flowing, helping us feel more energized. It’s basically the secret sauce to an energized morning that will help you feel on top of your game all day.
Still Want Your Morning Cup? Try Drinking it Like This Instead
For the die-hard coffee lovers out there, we got you covered too. If the idea of giving up your morning cup seems like an impossible feat, we have some tips to help you supercharge that cup of joe, and possibly ease some of those caffeine jitters.
- Add a healthy fat like 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to your morning cup of coffee.
- Use ½ decaf, ½ regular to limit your caffeine intake.
- Use raw honey, coconut sugar, or monk fruit extract as your sweetener vs. regular sugar.
- Skip the heavy cream and choose a dairy-free option like coconut cream instead.
- Limit your morning caffeine intake to just 1-2 cups of coffee.
Caffeine Alternatives For the Win
You’re officially a caffeine alternative pro and know all the hacks to boost those morning energy levels without that cup of joe.
So, if one of your health goals is to get off or limit how much caffeine you consume, give one of these hacks a try. It may just do the trick to help you start your day, caffeine-free!