There is lot of debate about whether or not coffee is good or bad for us. Some studies note that it's good for our metabolism and our cardiovascular system, while other studies show that it produces anxiety and insomnia and is too acidic for our bodies. Regardless of where you think coffee lands on this spectrum, perhaps you are interested in some healthy coffee alternatives to help you cut back on caffeine in your life, or maybe you want an after-dinner alternative. Either way, these healthy coffee alternatives are sure to make you happy!
1. Herbal Coffee
There are lots of brands of herbal coffee on the market. Pero, Caffix, Teeccino and Dandy Blend are some of the popular versions that you might find in your local health food store. These are a great addition to your healthy pantry, because they are not only a delicious, caffeine-free alternative to coffee, but most of them have heaps of health benefits. Teeccino and Dandy Blend are made with chicory and dandelion, both of which are easy on the digestive system, non-acidic and offer helpful pre-biotics for our gut flora. They have a rich, malty flavor and dark color that is reminiscent of coffee. Teeccino needs to be brewed in a French press or coffee maker, but Dandy Blend is instant and can be blended into smoothies, water or even desserts.
2. Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate might seem like a kid's drink, but since I've quit coffee and tea I've been drinking it more than ever! Chocolate has a teeny bit of caffeine and contains theobromine which gives our bodies a little boost of energy. In the afternoons I've been sipping on hot chocolate mixed with cinnamon and honey for a healthy, sweet afternoon treat.
Maca is a superfood supplement that has a caramel-like flavor that pairs wonderfully with chocolate and coffee. It's a powder made from a Peruvian root, and it helps our body in multiple ways. Maca is an adaptogen, which means that it actually helps our body adapt better to stress, and heal from the effect of stress on our body. It also is purported to increase energy, libido and mental focus. I like to stir 1 teaspoon into a mug of herbal coffee or my hot chocolate for a little extra boost. In pinch I will just stir into water and drink as is!
4. Herbal Chai
Chai is great: spicy, rich and comforting. Traditional Indian Chai is a mix of black tea and cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, and other spices, but there are lots of herbal alternatives. Try a red tea chai or an all herbal chai (like Yogi Tea brand or a homemade yogi tea).
What's your favorite coffee-free drink?