Coffee is probably the most common beverage people reach for in the morning to get them ready for their day. For some, the thought of going without their morning pick-me-up is unfathomable, and it may even lead to irritation and put them in a bad mood.
While caffeine does have the ability to perk you up and help you feel more energized, drinking too much coffee and other beverages will stain your teeth. We aren't suggesting you cut caffeine out completely - we still want you to be happy - but we also want you to feel and look good.
If you're looking for a way to reduce your caffeine and/or coffee consumption, then you are probably looking for some healthy alternatives to coffee. You want something that tastes good, gives you a boost of energy and keeps your teeth as white as possible. Here is a list of some drinks you should try.
It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people don't take the time to eat anything before they leave the house. Smoothies are a great option when it comes to meeting your nutritional needs and giving yourself a boost of energy.
The ingredients you add to your smoothie will directly impact how much energy you have throughout the day. The protein you get from the yogurt or by adding protein powder can keep you focused and energized. You'll also be getting a serving of fruits and/or vegetables, fiber, carbohydrates and antioxidants when you consume a smoothie in the morning, which is the fuel your body needs to keep moving.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking apple cider vinegar straight away in the morning is a great way to boost your energy levels without consuming caffeine. It is made from fermented apples and contains ingredients that naturally wake you up. The amino acids in apple cider vinegar help reduce lactic acid build-up, which relieves muscle pain and fatigue.
Although apple cider vinegar is a healthy alternative to coffee, it can be hard to swallow - literally. It has a bit of a sour taste to it. If you don't want to drink it straight, you can add a couple of teaspoons to water. Not only can you drink apple cider vinegar in the morning, but since it doesn't contain caffeine, you can drink it any time during the day when you need a pick-me-up.
This beverage gets its name because the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and pinch of black pepper turn milk a yellow color. If you can't have dairy, you can make this drink with a non-dairy alternative. If you prefer, you can even add honey for some added sweetness. You then warm the beverage and enjoy.
Golden milk can boost your energy level by reducing fatigue. It has also been found that the spices reduce inflammation, increase brain function, reduce cell damage and improve your mood. It's a tasty, natural way to get ready for your day without having to rely on caffeine.
Lemon or Coconut Water
One of the easiest beverages to make that can increase your energy levels and is a healthy alternative to coffee is lemon water. The great part about this option is that it also has zero calories, and it can help keep you hydrated.
Lemon water contains vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system. To get the most out of this beverage, you'll want to squeeze half a lemon into one cup of cold water (ideally in an insulated water bottle to keep it cold longer). If you are using lemon juice, this is approximately one tablespoon.
Coconut water has the same impact on your body as lemon water, but it has a sweeter flavor. You get to decide if you prefer tart or sweet flavors for starting your day without having to rely on caffeine. If you decide to go with sweet, you can buy coconut water from a variety of different stores or online.
Taking Coffee Out of Your Daily Routine
Making the decision to ditch coffee can be incredibly beneficial to your health. There are many healthy alternatives to coffee that will still give you a boost of energy in the morning and keep you focused throughout the day - and you won't have to worry about developing an addiction to caffeine.
If one of the reasons why you are deciding to take coffee out of your daily routine is because of the stains on your teeth, you are probably looking for ways to brighten your smile. An at-home whitening product may be something you want to try, so you might be asking: How does at-home teeth whitening work?
At GLO Science, we have the simplest, most effective at-home teeth whitening products you can find. Whether you use our GLO Vials, the GLO Lit device or the GLO Brilliant device, you'll be able to remove coffee stains and make your teeth up to five or more shades lighter in one treatment, which is only five to seven days.
Browse our selection of products today to find the whiteners that will make you look dazzling!