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Coffee Alternatives for that Morning Rush

A person drinking a cup of coffee.

Coffee seems like such an important part of everyone’s morning routine. It’s an essential part of life for a lot of people. I mean, during the day, there are countless times where I hear, “OMG I literally cannot talk to anyone until I’ve had my coffee.” While there are those who simply cannot function until they have taken a sip of their iced caramel macchiato, or whatever coffee flavor is in style, there are also those, such as myself, who dislike coffee. Not everyone is a huge coffee fan, I know I’m not. For those people that are looking to cut back on coffee or that don’t like it, but still want and need that boost of energy to get through the day, there are so many alternatives that can help. Here are a few:

Tea is one of the most popular alternatives to coffee. Not only is it healthier, but it also has the caffeine that so many people crave in the mornings. For those looking to cut back on caffeine, tea also comes in non caffeinated packs. There are so many choices, each with a different health benefit to it. It can even be sweetened with honey, my personal favorite, or sugar. The choice is all yours.

Another alternative drink, or drinks, that help get the most energy out of your mind and body is making infused water. For those that don’t know, infused water is taking fruit slices and putting them inside of your water bottle, about 16 ounces to start . Place your water (the fruit slices should already be inside) in the refrigerator overnight and the next morning you will have delicious energy water to drink. Some of my favorites include cucumber, strawberries and mint. There are also apple slices and cinnamon or lemon and lime with some some mint. The combinations are endless and there are so many more ideas you can find online. Not only will infused water bring you energy, but it will also detoxify your system. In order to add an extra dose of energy, add chia seeds to your drink.  

Smoothies are one of my favorite alternatives. Although preparing and making a smoothie can become time consuming, especially if you’re in a rush, preparing fruits and vegetables in a bag and sticking them in the freezer until the time comes to use them is a great way to prepare your smoothie when time is slim. Another tip is to prepare your smoothie the night before and place it in the refrigerator overnight. This can become tedious when the days are long and you just want to get to bed, but it saves time in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious, healthy drink. You can also add chia seeds to your smoothie for that extra boost. My personal favorite morning smoothie recipe is a peanut butter and banana smoothie, there are so many great recipes out there to try.

The alternatives for coffee are endless. While to some, coffee is the reason the world functions everyday, to others it’s not. Don’t be confined by coffee and go out and live your best life from your newfound morning energy By.

 By: Katya Villegas

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