That first sip of coffee in the morning, it’s what makes the morning bearable, and keeps us going throughout the day. The thought of dropping the java habit is downright unsettling, especially when there seem to be new, comfortable and homey coffee shops popping up on every corner.
It might be because of the jitters, agitation, or staying up all night there are times when a hot cup of joe is a habit we are forced, or we choose to break. The good news is that several great replacements would make even the Gilmore Gals want to break the coffee habit.
Let’s start with Chicory Root ‘coffee’
Chicory Root has been used since the early 19th century as a replacement for coffee and offers many health benefits including a source of B6 and manganese as well as supplying inulin which is a type of fiber that aids in gut health and weight loss.
It also reduces blood sugar levels and inflammation. Many describe the aroma to be remarkably similar to coffee, and that it has a nutty or wood type flavoring.
Kombucha is also sometimes used as an alternative to carbonated beverages. This fantastic alternative has been known to aid in memory loss, helps regulate the digestive system, can help lower blood pressure, some even say that it helps with hair loss.
While this sounds like a perfect substitute, it is essential to understand that Kombucha comes from fermented yeast, sugar, and black tea. So there is an ever so slight alcohol content so it may not be a viable choice if you are expecting or if you are trying to steer clear of alcoholic beverages.
Teeccino Herbal Teas
We can’t talk about coffee replacements without the mention of Teeccino herbal teas. Teecchino comes in several different flavors, can be bought in the traditional tea bag option or as a brew just like coffee.
With so many variations it’s easy to find one that suits even the pickiest of palates and health benefits.
Speaking of teas, trying Matcha tea is a must when searching for your ideal replacement. Matcha is powdered tea that dissolves into a cup of hot water, and it will give you that all too familiar caffeine fix.
The great thing about Matcha is that it packs amino acids and antioxidants of tea.
Hot Apple Cider
A few other ideas are a sweet cup of hot apple cider, which offers several health benefits like lowering risks for cardiovascular disease, staves off some forms of cancer and helps with some chronic diseases.
Probiotic drinks are another quick and easy thing to grab when the cravings set in. Probiotics are used to aid with digestive issues, as an immunity boost, and depending on which flavor you choose could offer several other health benefits.
Finally, if you can’t kick the coffee habit try an organic single origin coffee, like Java Planet coffee. These roasts contain significantly lower mold counts than low-quality roasts and will help sustain rainforests.