If you're like me and have a love-hate relationship with coffee, you'll know how hard it is to give it up, even when you're sick of the jittery side effects it brings. Organic teas and herbal coffee alternatives can make the perfect replacement for your daily coffee habit, so I've put together this guide to the best natural coffee alternatives to help you curb your caffeine addiction.
So many of us rely on that daily hit of caffeine to get us energised and ready for the day, especially on those busy mornings when we need that instant burst of energy. But once you start needing cup after cup of coffee throughout the day, your body can actually become addicted to the rush of adrenaline it brings, and practically demand it if you go without it! Organic teas and herbal coffee alternatives are designed to deliver naturally energising vitamins and nutrients without the jittery side effects of coffee, making them a great alternative if you're looking to limit your coffee consumption or even cut it out altogether, if you're brave enough.
What happens when you stop drinking coffee?
If you're a caffeine addict, needing three or more cups per day, you might experience withdrawals if you quit coffee altogether and go completely cold turkey. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and moodiness as your body adapts to not getting the caffeine it's so used to receiving every day.1 Withdrawals can last for a week or so, but if you make it through this weaning period you'll probably notice that you're sleeping better, feeling more energetic and maybe even less anxious or stressed than usual. But if you really love the taste of coffee and don't want to give it up completely, it can actually be a lot easier to limit yourself to just one coffee per day, and then replace the others with herbal or naturally derived alternatives which deliver those same feelings of comfort and energy, like a warming cup of Cacao Tea or a Matcha or Turmeric Latte, yet have a much lower or even no caffeine content.
Best natural coffee alternatives
Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder
A delicious coffee alternative for those who don't want to give up the caffeine hit, the Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder makes a smooth cup of rich Matcha Green Tea which has up to 10 times the nutritional content of regular Green Tea. Packed with antioxidants, Matcha also contains amino acids, such as L-theanine, which may help aid concentration and alertness and provide a more sustained release of energy without the jittery shakes of coffee. To use, blend half a teaspoon into hot water or add to your daily smoothie or juice.
Nutra Organics Golden Latte
When combined with your favourite choice of milk, the Nura Organics Golden Latte powder becomes an earthy, bright-golden latte with honey chai notes. It is an absolutely delicious alternative to coffee that offers all the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of Tumeric and Mauka Honey. With a slight sweetness and providing a sense of wellness, this is a must try!
Pukka Tea - Ginseng Matcha Green
An energising herbal tea, the Pukka Tea - Ginseng Matcha Green is a great option to go for when you're craving that afternoon coffee. Combining the well known energising properties of Ginseng and caffeine-rich Matcha, this blend also includes zesty Lemongrass, Lemon Tulsi and Ginger to really wake up those taste buds too. This botanical blend can aid focus and support energy levels without the temporary adrenaline rush of coffee.
Pukka Tea - Revitalise
Providing a delicious burst of warming organic cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, the Pukka Tea - Revitalise will leave you feeling boosted, revitalised and invigorated. Also including other organic ingredients such as Green Tea and Elderflower, this tea is an excellent coffee alternative that is ideal to drink throughout the day. Made in the UK using biodegradable teabags, certified organic, Vegan and Wheat and Gluten-Free.
Source: 1Women's Health.