Here Are 26 Morning Pick-Me-Ups That Aren’t Coffee

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Aloe water is not only refreshing, but it also has tons of good effects, ranging from detoxification and alkalization of the body to providing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This drink also has immunity-boosting qualities that may help you resist catching a cold. Drinking a glass of it in the morning can invigorate you.


To begin with, carob tannins contain gallic acid, whose benefits include analgesic, antiseptic, and antioxidant qualities; it’s also an anti-allergic, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. It’s low in calories, caffeine-free, and has the carbohydrates your muscles and brain require to kick-start your day, which is why you should consider including it in your next morning smoothie.


This Indian tea is rich in antioxidants and contains a plethora of spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and ginger, and it’s sure to awaken all of your senses in the morning. Chai’s smooth, creamy flavor imitates the mouthfeel of a cup of coffee, but it doesn’t have as much caffeine.


Plants aren’t the only organisms that can reap the benefits of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll makes plants green and allows them to absorb energy from the sun, but it’s been known to oxygenate humans’ blood and boost hemoglobin levels. Take a shot of it alone or add some to your water for increased focus, energy, and clarity.


Coconut water is Mother Nature’s perfect drink.It has an abundance of electrolytes and micronutrients and is also low in both fat and sugar. By having some coconut water in the morning, you’re helping to keep your body energized and hydrated.


Dandelion tea has long been considered a great source of energy. The leaves and roots of dandelion plants contain vital micronutrients as well as the pigment beta-carotene, a known antioxidant which works to lower blood pressure and increase liver function.


“Similar to yerba mate, guayusa is an all-natural energy supplement derived from a plant,”says The Daily Meal special contributor Fabiana Santana. “Indigenous cultures in Ecuador and Colombia traditionally drank guayusa from a gourd as part of an early morning ritual. Guayusa has as much caffeine as coffee, but it is also rich in antioxidants and chlorogenic acids, which benefit the heart.”


We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a glass of hot apple cider in the morning may prove to be a healthy habit as well. If you’re looking for a way to get energy and stay healthy through the power of antioxidants and phytochemicals, try this hot apple cider recipe.


Make an irresistible cup of hot cocoa with raw or organic cacao powder. Cacao powder has a low level of caffeine and plenty of antioxidants. If you’re sensitive to cow’s milk, try adding one of these dairy alternatives into your morning cup of hot chocolate.


Kombucha has increased in popularity over the past few years, and this can be attributed to the fact that the digestion-friendly, fermented tea has many beneficial properties. High in B vitamins and iron (which help your body produce energy) but low in caffeine, kombucha may be your new favorite, fizzy way to start your morning.


The sweet-yet-spicy taste of licorice tea isn’t quite as potent as Dubbel Zoute, but it will still wake you up and open your eyes. Licorice is known as being a tonic for the adrenals, so look to it in order to healthily increase your energy in the morning.


As The Daily Meal’s special contributor Nikkitha Bakshani says, “If you need a boost of energy, opt for maca powder.” Not only does this cruciferous Andean herb provide energy, but it also helps with easing anxiety as well as increasing your metabolism and libido. Try adding it into a smoothie or a breakfast bowl.


This special form of green tea is steadily increasing in popularity in American tea and health circles. Matcha has caffeine to help you get going, and its l-theanine content allows you to feel alertly calm. This could help to prevent the scary experience of a midday crash and adrenal fatigue. You can incorporate this wonder tea into your diet in many ways.

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SOURCE: The Daily Meal – Christian Kogler