We all need a little pick-me-up. Even if you get a full night’s rest and you spend the day thinking mindfully, chances are you will still hit a little bit of a slump. Of course, you could always enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee, but chances are you will be tempted to add sugar, which gives your body not only the caffeine jolt but the slight sugar high (and dependence). Since sugar is more addictive than cocaine, this can lead you down a slippery slope.
Instead of giving into the temptation of sugary coffee, try these healthier ways to give yourself a little boost:
- Flavored herbal energy tea
There are lots of energy teas out there that will promise unlimited energy without jitters, however, not all of them deliver on their promise and you find yourself wanting to dump sugar into them just like you would coffee. However, if you get a tea flavored with fruit that contains energy as well, like Zest Tea or Teavana’s Rev Up Wellness Tea (loose leaf), not only will you taste natural sweetness of fruits, but you can also control exactly how much and how strong you want your tea to be. These sweet teas deliver all of the energy of a cup of coffee without the crash (and sugar).
- Maca Powder
Maca powder is a root from Peru that is known to boost energy and elevate your mood. It also is known to balance hormones and can relieve symptoms of PMS as well as increase fertility in men. It can be easily added to juices, smoothies and desserts. It is also great to add into breakfast foods because it will help boost your mood and keep you going all day.
- Pineapple Ginger Juice
Get your energy from natural sources with this yummy recipe. The enzymes in this juice will also help your digestion and keep your family’s tummies on track. Not only does the natural sweetness keep you from adding sugar, but it is also very refreshing and gives you enough of an energy boost that you won’t need the coffee.