We know that the morning cup of coffee is a sacred thing. But if you want to cut down on your caffeine intake or find a new cup of coffee-free happiness to drink in the morning, we have prepared four ideas with the recipes. Did we catch your attention? Cool, see the recipes below.
1. Chicory coffee
Not really coffee at all, chicory “coffee” is made from roasted chicory roots as opposed to coffee beans. It does not contain caffeine, so there is much less noise around it. Its nutty, earthy taste is also closest to the traditional taste of coffee, making it a good choice for coffee lovers looking to reduce their caffeine intake. This infusion provides all the benefits of chicory root, including prebiotic fiber, vitamin B-6 and anti-inflammatory properties. Chicory root is excellent for gut health thanks to its inulin fiber content, which aids bowel function, reduces constipation and helps maintain a balance of healthy gut bacteria.
To make chicory coffee, mix 2 tablespoons of ground, roasted chicory root in 1 cup of hot water and wait 10 minutes before drinking.
2. Turmeric golden milk
Anti-inflammatory golden milk is so nicknamed because of the yellow, sun-kissed hue from ground turmeric. Turmeric, “the golden spice”, really does it all. This powerful spice has been shown to provide benefits ranging from pain relief to reducing symptoms of depression. This is thanks to the compound curcumin, which gives turmeric its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Pepper improves the bioavailability of turmeric, making the spice more effective in small doses, making it a great addition to your cup.
To prepare a delicious cup of golden milk, combine half a teaspoon of ground turmeric with 1 cup of milk of your choice. Add 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, honey to taste (optional) and a pinch of cinnamon and black pepper. Heat on the stove until the milk is frothy and serve.
3. Yerba mate
Yerba mate, a tea-like mixture made from the Ilex paraguariensis tree, has been used both medicinally and socially for centuries. And now it can become your new favorite coffee-free swap. Yerba mate contains more antioxidants than any other tea-like beverage (yes, including green tea!) and a host of therapeutic benefits. This is due to the abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants found in the plant. Green tea also contains caffeine, which is great for people who want to get off the coffee but not the buzz. This is not only good news for energy levels, but also for increased stamina, healthy weight control and more.
To make a cup of yerba mate, steep the leaves in hot water as you would a tea and strain it, or use a traditional mate straw (bombilla) and cup.
4. Mushroom tea
To replace his coffee with a highly nutritious drink, sip on a mushroom-filled infusion. A mushroom tea is packed with antioxidants to fight oxidative stress and powerful prebiotics to support digestive health. With all the antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of mushrooms, there’s more than one reason to try this earthy brew. For a serious natural energy boost, try Cordyceps mushrooms.
Although you can buy already brewed mushroom coffee, it is also easy to make your own mushroom tea at home. To do this, mix a teaspoon of mushroom powder with a cup of warm water.
It turns out that chia seeds are a pretty awesome drink to swap with your cup of coffee. It’s logic. Although these seeds are small, they pack a mighty punch of fiber, antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients. Small but mighty chia seeds have been shown to reduce both inflammation and blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels. And as studies of athletes have shown, chia seeds can be a great source of long-lasting energy and increased endurance.
To make this simple two-ingredient drink, mix a tablespoon of chia seeds with a cup of water and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Personalize the chia drink by adding a touch of honey or agave, a squeeze of lemon or fruit juice.
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