4 Healthy Alternatives to Your Coffee Pick-Me-Up

4 Healthy Alternatives to Your Coffee Pick-Me-Up

Lisa Kilgour, Nutritionist

Our morning cup of coffee is a bit of a ritual for many of us. The smell of it brewing, the warm mug in your hand. It’s all so lovely….until it’s not.

There are times when our beautiful cup of coffee no longer makes our body feel so happy. Maybe the caffeine no longer gives you that boost? Or you might feel a tad nauseated after a few sips?

Or, more commonly, we just drink too much.

One (sometimes 2) cups in the morning isn’t so bad health-wise. It can provide the body with antioxidants and may even reduce the risk of developing dementia [1].

But more than 2 cups a day can start to drain the body, keeping you in a constant state of stress. For many it can be the #1 cause of poor sleep…and without a good night’s sleep we just want more coffee the next day.

The good news is, there are AMAZING coffee alternatives available. Replace a few highly caffeinated mugs with one of these warm and lovely drinks and you may find yourself feeling significantly better.

I’ve seen my clients feel calmer, more relaxed, and actually have more energy when they drink less coffee. Some even get a noticeable reduction in their anxiety symptoms…so it’s definitely something to try out.

  1. Golden Mylk
    This is a traditional way to enjoy all of the anti-inflammatory goodness of turmeric…and it’s delicious! Like, amazingly so. And it’s also super easy to make. Botanica has done all the work for you by putting together all of the ingredients in one handy-dandy package.
    To use – just warm up some coconut or almond milk and whisk in 1 tsp of the powder.My extra easy method is I boil some water and fill my mug to about 1/3. I add a tsp of the golden mylk powder and then fill the mug with my favourite coconut milk right out of the fridge. I’ll froth it up with my frother if I’m feeling extra fancy.
    Healthy Alternatives to Coffee golden mylk
  2. Matcha Green Tea
    This is a perfect solution if you need a kick but you want to dial back on the caffeine. This is a powdered tea so it needs a little bit of work to mix it properly, but it’s definitely worth the effort. All green tea is lightly caffeinated and matcha gives you an extra boost caffeine and antioxidants compared to a normal mug of green tea.
    Whisk a tsp of matcha tea into some hot water or warmed coconut milk. Start with a small amount of liquid and add more as the matcha is incorporated. It creates a foamy latte kind of drink.
  3. Hot Apple Cider
    This is a caffeine-free warm and lovely drink that you can have at any time of the day. The apple juice gives a bit of sweetness and energy to help you mid-day, and it’s full of amazing flavours and spices. It’s not your kid’s apple juicebox!
    Check out this great recipe…and remember that the spiced rum is optional. It might be something to add after you’re home from work 🙂
  4. Immune-Boosting Mocktail
    I love this recipe because it’s tasty and medicinal. It contains Botanica’s Daily Anti-Inflammatory Shot, so it helps the gut and can calm your achy joints.Healthy Alternatives to Coffee - apple cider with turmeric ginger
    You can enjoy this warm (substitute water for the carbonated water) or cold depending on how you feel. And you can use any extra apple cider you may have on-hand from the recipe in #3.Ingredients
    1 cup (250 mL) pure apple cider
    1 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
    4 tsp (20 mL) Botanica’s Daily Anti-Inflammatory Shot
    1 tsp (5 mL) raw honey
    Ice cubes
    Naturally carbonated water
    Licorice sticks, for stirring
    Apple slices and watermelon radish, for garnish

Cutting down on caffeine can be hard at first, but with these delicious alternatives, you may not miss it at all!




[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182054

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Lisa Kilgour, Nutritionist

Lisa Kilgour, Nutritionist

Lisa is on a mission to teach people how to heal themselves, to restore balance to body and well-being through whole food. A specialist in...

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