Ditch the Coffee Addiction: 9 Awesome-For-Your-Health Morning Beverages


Often times it’s not the caffeine that makes giving up that coffee addiction so difficult, but the place it holds in our culture. Coffee is the American ritual - a treat for getting out of bed in the morning and starting your day. While coffee in moderation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, drinking more than one cup per day can dehydrate you, tax your adrenals, and make you jittery. This is especially true for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

So why not consider starting your day with a beverage that does nothing but nourish your body and soul? Warm or cold, try one of these super healthy treats and change up your morning ritual:

1. Matcha Green Tea

With a little bit of caffeine, this green tea powder is a great way to transition away from other more potent morning beverages. Sourced from the Camellia sinensis bush, the leaves are stone ground into a fine powder. The tea has high concentrations of antioxidants and polyphenols that fight the free radicals that damage your DNA and cells, according to Dr. Weil.

Read more about the health benefits of tea

2. Dandelion and Chicory Root Tea

Dandelion and chicory roots are a match made in health heaven. Dandelion roots are blood purifiers that help both the liver and kidneys remove impurities. Chicory is good for digestion and cleansing the urinary tract and liver. The tea looks like coffee and has a rich taste without the caffeine.

3. Filtered Water and Lemon

It may not be the most exciting combination in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. Filtered water and lemon rehydrates and helps your body with elimination. It also helps rid the liver of toxins.

4. Teeccino

Teeccino is an amazing invention because it tastes like coffee but it’s made of herbs, grains, fruits, and nuts, all roasted together in a similar preparation to coffee, according to Dr. Oz. And it’s caffeine-free, so for those in love with the taste of coffee that are sensitive to caffeine, it’s a good choice.

5. Peppermint Tea

This caffeine free tea rejuvenates your body without the jolt. It’s known as a natural healer that can soothe a sour stomach and relieve heartburn. If you’re starting to get a cold, it can even help loosen phlegm.

6. Fresh Pressed Juice

Juicing is a great way to pack a serious nutrient punch into a single cup of juice. You’ll feel awake after starting your morning with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Try this sunrise special:

Morning Glory

  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 small apple
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 small lemon

Directions
Juice and enjoy.

7. Green Goddess Smoothie

While fresh juices pack more fruits and vegetables into a smaller space, smoothies are loaded with nutrients and fiber. The Green Goddess Smoothie combines coconut milk, bananas, fruits, and kale into a nutrient-rich smoothie.

Green Goddess Smoothie

  • 1 cup plain coconut milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup seasonal fruit (like blueberries, peaches, pears, etc.)
  • 2 leaves kale
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina (in powder form)

Directions
Add to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

8. Licorice Tea

Licorice Tea has the warming bold taste of coffee but without the caffeine. Licorice has been used in food for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It’s used to treat canker sores, ulcers, eczema, upper respiratory infections, and for weight loss. It’s also known to support adrenal health.

Read more about herbs that help fight fatigue

9. Carob

Raw carob is an alkaline forming food rather than an acid forming food like coffee. Carob is a member of the legume family and it tastes like a mix of coffee and chocolate. Carob comes from an evergreen flowering shrub and it’s loaded with protein, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, magnesium, and potassium among a host of other nutrients. Try this hot carob beverage:

Hot Carob

  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • Raw organic sugar to taste

Directions
Heat up in a sauce pan until smooth and free of lumps.

Image: Jellaluna


By Sara Novak| March 05, 2015
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatFood and Drink

About the Author

Sara Novak

Sara Novak

Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger, HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.

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