Coffee is basically one of the wonders of the world, but for people with celiac or gluten sensitivity, it can sometimes cause more issues than it solves. Coffee can be processed with gluten-containing ingredients and wind up contaminated.
There’s no use in starting your daily wake-up routine with a beverage that makes you sick! Here are some alternatives to coffee that will energize you in the morning and ensure that you can enjoy the rest of your day and feel your best!
1. Green Tea
Green tea is an easy transition for coffee lovers, since it’s full of caffeine. It can be a great first step toward living caffeine-free, though, since it’s slightly less caffeinated than coffee. It’s also full of antioxidants and there’s even some evidence to suggest it might help with weight loss.
Try some certified gluten-free Choice Organic Green Tea for $21.38 per 6-pack. As one Amazon reviewer said, “It has a good strong, crisp green tea flavor with a hint of jasmine. Just right, not too much jasmine. It smells heavenly, too.”
Never tried kombucha in the morning? Well, it can be an excellent coffee replacement and a refreshing way to start the day. Since kombucha also contains caffeine, it can be an easy change for coffee fans. Kombucha can act as a detoxifyer and even as a digestive aid.
3. Yerba Mate
As another source of caffeine, yerba mate tea is widely lauded as a coffee replacement. Yerba mate is delicious, and it’s also purported to help soothe inflammation and even help fight cancer. With antioxidants like green tea’s, yerba mate can be a great alternative for anyone looking for a less bitter tea to start the day.
Try Guyaki Traditional Mate Tea in the morning for $1.41/ounce. As Diana D. says on Amazon, “I want the caffeine but I get anxiety with tea or coffee and I am very sensitive to caffeine. This product doesn’t give me the “jitters” the way coffee or other black or green teas do.”
Chai tea is hard not to love – it’s got the warmth of coffee with the added bonus of some delicious spices! Usually made with black tea, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, it’s full of both caffeine and the health benefits of the flavorful spices. Anti-inflammatory? Check. Anti-viral? Check. Undeniably yummy? Double check.
5. Coconut Water
Coconut water doesn’t contain any caffeine, so coffee fans may need to try a few other steps before giving it a shot in the morning. However, it’s a refreshing, hydrating, low-fat drink. Coconut water may even help prevent diabetes – why not give it a try?
Vita Coco Coconut Water can be found for $18.33 per 12 pack. One reviewer said, “We (my wife and I) have done blind taste tests on 6 different brands of coco water, and Vita Coco wins. It’s clearly the freshest tasting, with no weird aftertaste. Love it.”
6. Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is chock full of an active ingredient called curcumin, which is known to help reduce inflammation in the body. Not only is turmeric tea a warm, comforting way to start the day, it’s also a great way to get a daily dose of the immune-boosting, Alzhheimer’s-treating spice.
Try Alvita Organic Herbal Turmeric Tea for $7.02 per box. As one reviewer says, “I combine Ginger Root, Tumeric Root and Peppermint together for a powerhouse cup of tea. It is helping me with my diet and I feel great. High quality teas!”
7. Reishi Mushroom Tea
Reishi tea can be another calming, tasty way to start the day. Believed to lower blood pressure and support the immune system, reishi tea is a great option for everyone in need of a health boost. Try mixing in a little cacao for some extra deliciousness.
8. Hot Lemon Water
This one may seem almost too simple, but hot lemon water has been proven to settle that all-too-common early morning upset stomach. Flush the toxins out of your body in the morning and give your digestive system a kick-start. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also set you on a path to hydration for the rest of the day.
9. Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil may not be the first thing you think of when contemplating cutting coffee out of your diet, but over time it could become your new favorite supplement. Chock full of Omega-3s, flaxseed oil is an easy addition to your morning routine that can help digestion, heart health, and even skin health! Take that, coffee!
10. Sparkling Water
Sparkling waters are all the rage right now, and for good reason – they’re refreshing no matter when you drink them. They can help you hydrate early in the morning while still letting you feel like you’re drinking more than just water, and the bubbles can actually keep you fuller longer.
If you want suggestions for other ways to use the beverages above, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, available for both Android and iPhone with free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions!
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