No Coffee, No Problem

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Drinking coffee is second nature to some: one cup turns into two, and sometimes even three a day. The shaky hands, upset stomach, increased heart rate, and the “coffee crash” sometimes just isn’t worth it.

Valley sat down with Karen Jensen, a certified health coach and owner of TakeOver Health, to see what can be substituted for coffee in the morning.

Warm Water with Lemon and Honey

This simple and quick drink will leave you feeling refreshed and naturally energized. Add 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar for the ultimate health drink!

Decaffeinated Teas

This includes green, black, and rooibos teas. Try a decaf Chai tea with almond milk and honey as a step away from coffee.

Herbal Teas

Try Yogi Tea, Traditional Medicinals, and Tazo for a great variety of naturally caffeine-free, and tasty teas.

Hot Chocolate

Try making your own with unsweetened cocoa powder and honey or stevia for sweetness. Avoid packaged cocoa containing hydrogenated oils and loads of sugar. If you’re milk sensitive, use almond, cashew, or oat milk. New milk alternatives are hitting the shelves so experiment to find the one you like!

Smoothies

Start your day with a protein-rich smoothie that has healthy fat and tons of fiber. Try a handful of almonds or cashews, water or almond milk, frozen banana, 2 tbsp. almond butter, cocoa powder, and a protein mix of your choice. Blend and enjoy!

My advice is to [drink] caffeine sparingly and only when no other option will work. You will be surprised at how much better it is received by your body and mind,” Jensen says. “Always consume coffee after food and water, never first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.”

Jensen also says to use exercise, good nutrition, and lots of sleep to regulate your energy naturally. “You will find more energy and reduce the reliance on caffeine in everyday life.”

With these new beverage options, kick caffeine — and the caffeine addiction — to the curb.