7 Healthier Alternatives to Coffee

Step away from the latte...

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We've all had those mornings (read: every damn day) where we wake up feeling less than well-rested and reach straight for a coffee to hurtle us into the day. No judgement, we're not saying coffee is the devil, but I think we're all well aware it's not the best if used in excess.

Next time you're sluggishly pouring yourself out of bed and walking round like a zombie before you can get your hands on some of that sweet black nectar, try one of these options. Who knows, you may feel like you can give up your coffee fix forever (promise we're not crazy)!

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KOMBUCHA

No we haven't gone all hippy on you…this fizzy (yet healthy) drink works wonders for your digestive system, which can easily make you feel sluggish if it's not balanced. Not only will kombucha improve your gut health thanks to probiotics, it will boost your energy long term.

ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

Find yourself constantly reaching for another cup around 3pm? Try a hit of protein smoothie instead. Use almond milk to elevate blood sugar levels and get a burst of energy without a sugary snack or a third latte.

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LIQUORICE TEA

So we know the flavour of liquorice isn't for everyone but if you're quite partial, this may be your favourite new treat. It's got no caffeine but supports our adrenal glands to increase energy.

MATCHA TEA

While still containing caffeine, this delicious green treat also contains L-theanine which is a natural relaxant which will give you a nice steady stream of energy, instead of a hyper burst then a crash. It also improves concentration while calming the mind, which sounds pretty ideal to us!

POMEGRANATE JUICE

Packed to the brim with antioxidants, this super charged juice will give you a serious energy boost plus it's anti-inflammatory effects can reduce your chances of developing heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.

CHIA FRESCA

Basically the health world's alternative to bubble tea. Flavour your water however you like and add around a ¼ cup of chia seeds, which are PACKED with protein, omega 3 and antioxidants. They will not only keep you energised but also full – winner! Make sure you allow to soak for 20 minutes before you dig in.

CHAI TEA

This creamy tea is a great way to trick yourself into thinking you're drinking coffee, if your coffee hit is more ritual, less addiction. You'll be significantly reducing your caffeine intake but still getting energised thanks to cinnamon, ginger and cardamom spices.

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