Tea and coffee drinkers might lead the race when it comes to the morning drinks market, but actually, what if they were simply missing out on the secrets of us non-conformers? There’s so much more to morning life than tea and coffee for those who don’t like the taste.
From a delectable range of smoothies to matcha tea, choices of morning beverage are more exciting than ever! A more connected world has ignited a thirst for discovery and provided us with a wide variety of ideas and ingredients–let’s walk through some of the best picks to consider on your journey to a more enlightening morning beverage experience.
Matcha tea is said to have been drunk by Samurais before battle, and is often a staple of Buddhist monks. The Japanese green tea is ground and whisked through hot water to create a creamy, frothy, green drink, overflowing with antioxidants. Drinking matcha instead of coffee is believed to be able to help with oral health while also reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease and increasing liver function. If caffeine is the key to starting your day productively, one cup of matcha also boasts as much caffeine as an espresso, but this caffeine is slowly released, meaning you avoid the slump which can result from coffee consumption.
Simple as well as refreshing, tasty, and healthy–consider lemon water. Lemons are an abundant source of vitamin C, and combined with their antioxidant values, your body will be sure to thank you for waking up to this. Simply mix lemon juice with water (cold or hot) to start your day with a hydration hit. If you want to get fancy and spruce it up a bit, add other citrus fruits, ginger, honey, or herbs.
A smoothie might be the easiest way in the world to stay healthy and get a dose of raw food goodness. Want to sneak some veggies into your diet? Grab the blender and make that healthy smoothie. Just take a liquid ingredient base, such as fruit juice or milk, and add your favorite fruits or veggies along with a handful of chia seeds or some raw kale.
Kombucha seems to suddenly be everywhere–the result of an exponential growth in popularity. Probiotics and antioxidants are highly present in Kombucha, and it can be flavored in a myriad of ways. As a relative newcomer on the beverage scene, its supposed health benefits are anecdotal thus far, but it might provide a tasty alternative to traditional iced tea.
Additionally, some kombucha flavors come packed with natural caffeine content, as well, for a perfect morning or midday boost.
Rooibos and Herbal Tea
Herbal teas are infusions of herbs and spices, without a microgram of caffeine in sight. Eastern cultures have brewed tea for centuries, using natural ingredients infused with hot water to provide warmth, vitamins, and minerals to the body during cold winters. A good local health food shop will be able to source the herbs and spices needed which you can mix and match to create your perfect, healthy combination.
As you seek the perfect alternative to tea and coffee, we hope these ideas give you inspiration. With choices like match and kombucha on the market, there is no reason to worry about your dislike for coffee and tea–simply turn it into a healthier, tastier advantage.
Planning to keep up a daily coffee habit, instead? Check out our recent post on Nespresso Vertuo pods versus originals.