Kick Your Coffee Habit With These Energizing Alternatives

Are you ready to kick your coffee fix? Get your morning energy boost with these healing, herb-laced alternatives.
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Turmeric powder

Turmeric powder.

Turmeric-Orange Fire Cider

Serves 2

Think superfood mimosa — this immune-boosting turmeric combines with energizing vitamin C in this fiery, bubbly morning blend.

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • orange slices for garnish

Combine orange juice, vinegar, turmeric, ginger and black pepper in a jar. Screw lid on tightly and shake vigorously. Pour into 2 glasses, add sparkling water, garnish with orange slices and serve immediately.

maca powder

Maca powder.

Maca-Ginseng Latte

Serves 2

Adaptogenic herbs — ginseng and maca — make a creamy, foamy latte that will infuse you with lasting stamina.

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ginseng extract

Heat almond milk to almost boiling. Add maca, honey or agave, vanilla and ginseng and whisk until its foamy. Pour into mugs and serve immediately.

cacao powder

Raw cacao powder.

Mushroom Mocha

Serves 2

Infused with medicinal mushrooms and medium-chain triglycerides for long-lasting energy, coconut milk and energizing raw cacao make a rich, smooth latte.

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil
  • 1 teaspoon powdered chaga or other mushroom, or mushroom “coffee” powder
  • cacao nibs for garnish

Combine coconut milk, cacao powder and coconut sugar and heat to almost boiling. Whisk in MCT oil and mushroom powder. Pour into a mug, garnish with cacao nibs and serve immediately.

cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon sticks.

Iced Yerba Mate Chai

Serves 2

The kick of caffeine from this potent herbal tea helps improve focus and alertness without coffee jitters.

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-inch piece of ginger root, thinly sliced
  • 10 whole cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 tablespoons yerba mate tea
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ground cinnamon for garnish

Combine cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and vanilla bean with 1.5 cups water in a small pot. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add yerba mate and let stand 3 to 4 minutes. Strain into a blender and add almond milk and a handful of ice cubes. Puree until thick and creamy. Pour into glasses, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

rosemary

Rosemary. 

Rosemary-Mint Brain Tonic

Serves 2

Rosemary and mint have been shown to improve long-term memory. Infused with brain-boosting herbs and adaptogens, this minty herbal tea will keep you sharp all day long.

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 10 drops astragalus extract
  • 10 drops ashwagandha extract
  • 10 drops rhodiola extract
  • 10 drops ginkgo
  • honey, agave or stevia (optional)
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Simmer rosemary sprig in 2 cups water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add mint leaves and let stand 3 minutes. Strain into a small teapot and add astragalus, ashwagandha, rhodiola and ginkgo. Sweeten to taste, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.

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