5 Energizing Drinks to Try Other Than Coffee

Ahhhh, coffee…Java, Go Juice, Liquid Energy or Rocket Fuel. Whatever you choose to call it, coffee is America’s go-to drink of choice. In fact,Americans drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee each day! That’s $40 billion spent by the United States alone on coffee each year.

The Good News

The good news? Some recent scientific studies suggest that consumption of caffeinated coffee in moderation may help to reduce some risks of diseases such as onset type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver cancer, Parkinson’s and event gallstones!

The Not-So-Good News

However, not every aspect of regular coffee consumption is positive.Coffee has a tendency to carry with it a laundry list of unwanted extras (heavy creams, processed sugar, flavored syrups of all sorts) and is highly addictive, often forcing regular coffee drinkers into a habit that is difficult to break. No one likes those caffeine withdrawals…

Coffee also has a tendency to do a number on our mood. The “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” trope isn’t an overstatement.

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TheCrossroads

Maybe you’re thinking, “Coffee is my fuel. Without it I’m a zombie!” or, “I’m always more productive when I have a little coffee kick” or possibly, “It just tastes good. There’s nothing like a mocha frappuccino on a hot day.”

Those are all fair statements. Many of us lead incredibly busy lives; we’re always on our toes, working hard and running on coffee to make things happen at home and at work.

But what if there wasanother way?

The Alternatives

Part of holistic health is understanding that life requires balance: that wekeep ourselves free from restraints that hold us back or habits that keep us tied down when we don’t want to be.

If you feel like you’re ready to try some other options, check out the healthiercoffee alternatives below!

1. Green Tea -Green tea is one of those drinks that is super-packed with nutrients, antioxidants and digestive benefits. It’s just the right sort of drink to give you a boost without the unwanted coffee jitters.

2. Yerba Mate -For those who can’t get their wheels turning without a cup of caffeine, yerba mate is a great choice! Made from the naturally caffeinated leaves from the South American holly tree, it’s known for its “pump up” abilities. Bonus: Tastes great hot or cold!

3. Pomegranate Juice -Not kidding; this juice is full of energy boosters and antioxidants. Tastes great on its own or mixed with others.

4. Shizandra Tea -If you’ve never tried shizandra, you’re in for a treat! Considered an easy swap for your daily java fix, shizandra is a berry tea that comes from East Asia. It also has some incredible health benefits: shizandra balances blood sugar, takes care of your liver and may even increase your memory.

5. Wheatgrass Juice -There’s a reason wheatgrass makes its way into smoothies of all sorts. It’s packed with a laundry list of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that aid digestion and boosts energy.

Well, there you have it! You’re all set. No go on your non-coffee-addicted way.

Which of these java replacements sounds like something you’d be willing to try? Let us know in the comments!

113 comments

Melania Padilla
Melania Pabout a year ago

No no, no quiting coffee, ever! It is healthy if you drink it moderately, I need my 2 cups in the morning and tea in the afternoon

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

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Ella P.
Ella Pabout a year ago

So glad I never even started a coffee habit. Fresh squeezed orange juice is a great way to start the day!

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Marie W.
Marie Wabout a year ago

Keeping coffee.

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Loulou Terry
Lynsey Terryabout a year ago

Thank you

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Bernice Jones
Bernice Jonesabout a year ago

I had a 16 oz cup of coffee today. If not I would have fallen asleep at my desk. Our lives are so busy we can't just get to things without a boost. something tells me our dependency on coffee is a wake up call to slow down or society.

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Randy Q.
Past Member about a year ago

Thanks!

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Randy Q.
Past Member about a year ago

Thanks!

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Iskrica Knežzevic
Iskrica Knežzevicabout a year ago

Thank you!

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