Whether you're looking for some variety in your morning beverage of choice, or simply trying to cut back on your caffeine intake for the sake of a better night's sleep, here are a few alternatives to your daily cup of joe.
Maté––a traditional South American herbal tea made from the leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant––is usually consumed from a gourd container and sipped through a metal straw. It's said to have a higher level of antioxidants than green tea, can boost energy and improve focus, and may help boost your metabolism. While it does contain caffeine, Maté is said to offer a stimulating effect without the jitters of coffee.
2. Golden (Turmeric) Latte
The latest coffee substitute craze to give Matcha a run for its money is the golden (Turmeric) milk latté— made from a combination of turmeric juice and almond, cashew, or coconut milk. They've become staples in trendy coffee shops and were popularized by health-conscious bloggers. Turmeric is said to help with inflammation, complexion, and mental clarity.
3. Dandy Blend
Many cite Dandy Blend as their favorite coffee alternative. It's made of roasted barley, rye, chicory, and dandelion root. The preparation process is similar to an instant coffee blend, coming in the form of a powder you scoop into hot water and stir. It's naturally caffeine free and has an earthy taste that mimics the flavor of coffee. Dandy Blend can reduce inflammation in the body (thanks to dandelion root) and regulate digestion (courtesy of barley and chicory root).
4. Chicory Root "Coffee"
This natural coffee alternative is made from Chicory root instead of roasted coffee beans. It has much of the same rich, dark, roasted flavor of coffee, without the caffeine. In fact, chicory root contains many health-boosting nutrients and fibers like inulin, manganese and vitamin B6. Chicory coffee is said to help improve digestive health, reduce inflammation, and decrease blood sugar.
5. Maca Root powder
Maca Root has become something of a cult favorite among health gurus for its newfound status as a superfood. The powder is rich in antioxidants and is said to enhance energy, mood, and memory, making it a good alternative to put into your smoothies and other A.M. beverages.
Postum is a roasted-grain beverage sold in powder form that's been sold as a healthful alternative to coffee since 1895. With a rich history as America's coffee substitute, his coffee substitute combines roasted wheat and molasses, plus its naturally caffeine free.
Kombucha––a sweet and slightly tart, fizzy, probiotic drink––is a fermented tea with a number of health benefits. It's become widely popular and retails for about $4.00 a bottle. Its benefits range from improving gut health to promoting weight loss to providing a natural sense of energy. It won't give you the same buzz as a Starbuck cold brew, but it may give you a pep in your step.
Hopefully, this list provided enough coffee substitutes to keep you satisfied the next time your caffeine cravings attack.