You won’t have a problem finding coffee shops in Irvine, CA. They’re everywhere. Coffee pleases millions of Americans every morning and sometimes throughout their day. It provides a burst of energy from the caffeine and does have some nutrients, which include vitamins B1, B2 and B3, magnesium, niacin and potassium. However, for some people, it can cause jitters and prevent a sound sleep. Whether you’re one of the people who experience side effects or just want a change of pace, there are also healthy coffee alternatives you can substitute.
Consider water, it doesn’t have to be drab.
Water can be a great alternative to coffee, especially if you’re looking for a pick-me-up. Sometimes people reach for coffee when they’re feeling tired, believing caffeine provides all the energy. It may not be caffeine, but the extra fluid to the body. Sometimes, mild dehydration can leave you physically and mentally drained. In that case, any liquid will do and what’s better than a tall glass of water? If plain water doesn’t have the same appeal as a cup of Joe, try infused water.
Herbal and fruit teas are also great substitutes.
Herbal teas have been used for centuries to aid health issues, but some are just consumed because they taste good. Fruit teas, like peach, raspberry and lemon tea, are favorites and can provide health benefits, too. The benefit can vary, depending on the fruit. They can soothe mucus membranes; help prevent colds or boost the immune system. Herbal teas have their own unique flavors and benefits. Many blends of both fruit and herbs are on the market, so you don’t have to create them at home. Ginger tea, for instance, is known to be good for digestion and stomach issues, but it also has been used to combat inflammation.
The obvious alternative to coffee is traditional tea.
Most people think of black tea immediately when they hear tea, but there are other types of tea and each has its own unique flavor. White tea, green tea—which include Macha, sencha, gyokuro and bancha, black tea, puerh and oolong all vary in not only flavor, but health benefits. Green and white have the mildest flavor, while puerh has the strongest earthy flavor. The health benefits range from reducing the risk of cancer to helping fight weight gain or lowering cholesterol.
- If want more antioxidants than green tea provides, try Yerba mate. It has 25% less caffeine than coffee and more antioxidants than green tea, plus seven of the nine essential amino acids and a host of vitamins and minerals.
- Drink tea made from flowers for a good night’s sleep or extra calcium. Chamomile tea can help you relax, while hibiscus tea has antiviral and cardiovascular benefits. It may also help lower blood pressure.
- Make a healthy smoothie for your drink or your lunch! Add greens, fruit and other veggies. You can even boost your protein intake by adding a supplement or milk.
- If you love the taste, smell and looks of coffee, you can trick your senses and boost your amino acid intake at the same time by drinking capomo. It’s one of the best plant sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
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