11 Coffee Substitutes to Boost Your Energy

There’s nothing like waking up to your morning cup o’ Joe. So many of us need a taste of that sweet nectar before we can even think of shaving or putting on our faces. It’s not just part of our routine, it’s become something we can’t do without — an integral part of our ability to function as normal, responsible adults.

We cannot be held responsible for what might happen or what we might do if we don’t get our fix. Snap at our kids for asking what there is for breakfast? Sure. Fall asleep at our desk? Of course. Eat someone else’s lunch at work by accident, even though you never brought your lunch? (You were too tired because of no coffee.) Who hasn’t?

Here’s the thing, though.

All that coffee isn’t great for you. Caffeine is a drug known to contribute to mood disorders, sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. If your body is accustomed to having caffeine regularly, the withdrawal symptoms can be pretty nasty, with headaches, irritability, and sleep issues all being common side effects of kicking a coffee habit. We won’t even touch on the health effects of all the sugar and cream that many people put in their cups.

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Here, then, are 11 substitutes for coffee that will help you get on with your day without the need for caffeine. Unlike coffee, withdrawal symptoms from these will most likely not cause you to punch your boss in the face. I’m not talking about just having decaf, either. Because then, what’s the point?

Roots


Roasting and brewing roots is a great way to a coffee-like taste and the energy boost you need to get going. Chicory and dandelion roots have a great mix of minerals and vitamins that provide you with the energy you used to get from caffeine. In the case of dandelion, it’s also good incentive to make sure to pull them out right at the root when you’re working in your yard. Dandelion can also help with any, ahem, digestive issues, since it’s considered a mild laxative, too.

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Herbal Tea


While there may be a little bit of caffeine in some herbal teas, there still isn’t the amount that you’d find in coffee. The minerals found in the herbs used for these teas provide an extra boost. As well, certain teas, such as green tea, can provide strong antioxidants to provide extra health benefits. Many herbal teas are also great at aiding the digestive process, which is a euphemism for keeping you regular, which is a euphemism for pooping.

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Wheat Grass


Kick your day in the grass. Wheat grass juice is a super healthy way to replace your morning coffee and provide a host of other health benefits. Nutrients in wheat grass include vitamins A, C, and E, plus iron and magnesium. Many health-conscious people take a shot of wheat grass every morning to get their day started. Wheat grass will also help your bowel move regularly, like just about everything else on this list.

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