When you’ve got a latte going on, it can be hard to stay away from drinking endless amounts of coffee. While starting you day with a of a cup of java is perfectly acceptable, refilling your mug throughout the day may come with some alarming consequences; one study found drinking coffee as much as 6 hours before bed can still disrupt your sleep. Don’t worry, we’ve got some healthier alternatives to help you stay perky and avoid overloading your body with caffeine.
This super food alternative to conventional hot chocolate is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to give you a healthy boost of energy. Simply mix a tablespoon of raw cacao powder with a cup of milk, a hand full of cacao liquor buttons, a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey. Place the mixture over the hob until it’s melted into a decadently gooey hot chocolate and enjoy!
Matcha Green Tea
Another antioxidant powerhouse that should be on the top of your shopping list is matcha green tea. This brightly coloured powered green tea is a traditional Japanese drink that has been described as “the ultimate mental and medical remedy that has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
Kombucha is a fizzy fermented tea made using a culture known as SCBY; symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Whilst that may not sound too appetising, this wonderful drink has many fantastic probiotic, antioxidant and energy boosting properties.
Green smoothies are not only a good way to stay hydrated; they are also great way to load up on essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to keep your energy levels sky high. Simply whizz together spinach, banana, orange and coconut water for a revitalising vitamin boost that’ll give your energy levels a healthy kick up the backside!
Many people use dandelion root to help soothe a bad tummy, however, studies have found this common weed to have many of the same benefits as coffee. Dandelion root is rich in vitamins A, C, D, B-complex and minerals such as Iron, Potassium and Zinc, all of which support a healthy immune system and maintain focus and energy levels.