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7 Coffee Alternatives That’ll Still Energize Your Morning

7 Coffee Alternatives That’ll Still Energize Your Morning
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Oct 24, 2022

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If you’re trying to avoid coffee — whether it’s because of the dreaded midday crash, you don’t prefer the taste, or you’re not a fan of the coffee jitters — we hear ya, and you’re not alone. Cutting down (or cutting out) your morning brew might seem like a challenge, especially if you’re a regular coffee drinker and need a lil’ morning boost. But we’ve rounded up some coffee alternatives that’ll help you get up and get going. From easy-to-make matcha to naturally caffeinated energy drinks, here are some morning drinks that’ll have you feeling energized.

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Pre-ground matcha powder you can use to prepare a hot or cold beverage…

It takes less than three minutes to make. All you have to do is blend in water, and pour over your hot or cold plant-based or dairy milk. The original flavor is an HQ’r fave — it’s rich in flavor and slightly sweetened — but if you’re looking for a sugar-free option or one with added benefits like collagen, they’ve got that too. Use a matcha whisk to blend the powder evenly, or shake it up in a blender bottle to take it on the go. ($9.95+, Amazon)

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And a device that prepares freshly ground whole matcha leaf in a special way…

If the pre-ground powders aren’t for you, look no further than this machine and starter kit for the true matcha enthusiast. It comes with everything you need to make authentic matcha at the press of a button, and can store, grind, and whisk. Just pour in your matcha leaf, select your preferred strength, push to start, and enjoy. This kit comes with three matcha leaf packets of different blends and a booklet with instructions and recipes. Psst…it also makes for a great gift for any matcha lover. ($299, Cuzen Matcha)

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A turmeric supplement formulated with natural ingredients…

Like black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and so much more. It tastes like a chai latte and is vegan and keto-friendly. Plus, it’s free of GMO additives, sugars, or sweeteners. Psst…if you need help getting some Zzz’s, try the super sleep flavor with chamomile and melatonin. ($14.38+, Amazon)

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A naturally caffeinated energy drink made from yerba mate…

With 150 milligrams of caffeine per can — 50 milligrams more than what’s found in a standard cup of coffee — this tea- and juice-infused drink will have you up and at ’em in no time. It’s organic, B-Corp certified, made with fair trade ingredients, kosher, vegan, and gluten-free. Try either flavor in a pack of four or 12. ($10.36+, Amazon

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Sparkling energy water made with organic caffeine…

These come in four flavors — clementine twist, blueberry lemonade, ginger berry, tropical pineapple — plus a variety pack, and clock in at 60 calories per can. With 60 milligrams of caffeine, they’ve also got vitamin B12 to help boost energy levels and electrolytes to keep you hydrated. Feelin’ good. ($29.99+/12 pack, Amazon

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A mushroom coffee alternative meant to help avoid the energy crash…

Since it has a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee, you may find yourself feeling focused and refreshed minus the jitters or midday yawns. It’s made with 100% organic masala chai, Lion’s mane, chaga and reishi, cordyceps, turmeric, cinnamon, and cacao — with no sweeteners or sugars added (and it’s only 20 calories per serving). Just add a tablespoon of it to water or milk and mix with a spoon, frother, or blender and you’re good to go. This starter kit includes a 30-serving tin plus a USB-rechargeable frother, guidebook, creamer and sweetener samples, and stickers. Let’s do this. ($40+, Mudwtr)

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