Replace coffee: 9 alternatives with or without caffeine

Insomnia, heartburn, heart palpitations can be side effects of coffee consumption. There are also tasty and energizing drinks that do not produce an arousal effect. In the case of pregnancy, high blood pressure, insomnia or heart problems, it is often advisable to reduce coffee consumption, which can be replaced by one of the following substitutes.

chicory

Chicory root can be roasted, ground, and brewed into a hot beverage. It tastes similar to coffee but contains no caffeine. It’s also a rich source of inulin, which may aid in digestion and promote a healthy gut by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.

Just brew it like regular coffee. Use 2 tablespoons per 180ml of water. Be careful, chicory root can cause bloating.

Matcha tea

Matcha is a green tea made by steaming, drying, and crushing the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis to a fine powder. Unlike infusion green tea, the whole leaf is consumed through pulverization, resulting in even greater antioxidant consumption. In Japan, Matcha is often drunk at the famous tea ceremony, in the West it is known in the form of “Matcha Latte”, i.e. mixed with a vegetable drink or milk.

Traditional Preparation: Prepare 2 bamboo spoons or half a teaspoon of powder all mixed at 70-80 ml of water heated to 80°C. Sift the matcha powder into a bowl using a fine sieve to avoid lumps when beating. Cover the powder with cool to lukewarm water. It’s easier to unravel that way. Now whip the powder, making quick movements from right to left with the whisk, until obtaining foam and a homogeneous green paste. Pour this paste in hot water and enjoy.

Also read: Matcha: health benefits of Japanese green tea

barley coffee

For coffee addicts, barley coffee is a viable alternative due to its similar taste and appearance while being caffeine free. With a taste of bread or toasted hazelnuts, this local drink owes its lingering flavors to the crushed and roasted barley grains that make it up. It is a real source of vitamins and fiber, valuable aids for a good transit.

Bring water from a saucepan or kettle to a boil. Pour 3 tablespoons of barley into the bottom of a cup and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

golden milk

Golden milk (or golden milk) does not contain caffeine. This soothing hot drink contains spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper, cardamom, vanilla or honey. In addition to a beautiful golden color, it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks in particular to the synergy of turmeric and black pepper.

In a saucepan, heat 200ml plant-based milk with ½ teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of ginger and a pinch of pepper over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until it boils. Leave on low heat for about ten minutes. Filter the preparation by pouring it into a cup. Add a spoonful of honey and mix. Serve your golden milk in a glass. You can decorate your drink by sprinkling some cinnamon on top.

lemon water

Lemon water is a great way to start the day. This drink contains no calories or caffeine and provides the body with a good dose of vitamin C. As an antioxidant, vitamin C strengthens the immune system and protects the skin from the sun. It is possible to add other fruits and herbs to this drink to vary the taste: cucumber slices, mint leaves, pieces of watermelon or basil, raspberries, etc.

Rinse a quarter of a lemon and squeeze it straight into your glass of water using your hands or a citrus press.

Yerba buddy

Yerba Mate is a naturally caffeinated herbal tea made from the dried leaves of the South American holly tree, Ilex paraguriensis. It is rich in beneficial plant compounds that act as antioxidants. This beverage also contains several minerals and vitamins, including riboflavin, thiamine, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and vitamins C and E. However, yerba mate should be consumed in moderation as it contains caffeine and can cause digestive problems in high doses.

Add 4 teaspoons or 4 infusions of Mate to 1 liter of boiling water. Let steep between 5 and 8 minutes and filter. Let the preparation cool down. You can then add lemon juice, honey, and sugar to your liking.

chai tea

Chai tea is a black tea mixed with herbs and spices (cinnamon, star anise, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves…), often served with milk or a herbal drink (almond, oats…). Please note that black tea contains theine, so it can be considered a stimulant, consumed in moderation and avoided after 5pm.

Both black and green tea are made from the Camellia sinensis plant, but black tea goes through a fermentation process that changes its chemical composition. Nonetheless, both types of tea appear to have powerful antioxidant properties.

First, heat the water with sugar, tea and spices. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then add the cold milk and bring to the boil again. Taste and add spices or sugar (or honey) if needed, or thin with more milk. At the first broth with the milk, remove from the heat and filter through a sieve, pour into the cup and allow to froth.

Also read: 5 misconceptions about tea

rooibos tea

Rooibos, or red tea, is a caffeine-free drink that originated in South Africa. Unlike coffee and other teas, rooibos is low in antioxidant tannins. However, red tea provides a significant amount of other antioxidants. Note that rooibos has a longer steeping time than most teas. This tea has a slightly sweet and fruity taste.

Pour the rooibos into a basket in a teapot. Pour the simmering, almost boiling water into the teapot and add the rooibos. Close the teapot and let it steep for at least 5 minutes, with an additional 2 minutes to taste. Serve the tea and let it cool for a few moments before tasting.

kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink made from black tea, yeast and sugar. The fermentation process creates a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called Scoby. After fermentation, kombucha contains probiotics, acetic acid, and antioxidants, all of which may have health benefits. Warning, alcohol is a natural by-product of kombucha fermentation.

Prepare a sweet tea. Add a kombucha nut and let it ferment. The fermentation jar is kept at room temperature and covered with a fabric that allows the kombucha to breathe while protecting it from contaminants (dust and insects). During this time (10 to 15 days) yeast and bacteria turn the sweetened tea into kombucha. The more time goes by, the less sweet it is and the more sour it is. The kombucha is bottled and stored at room temperature for a few days. This is when the sparkling wine is made.

How to stop drinking coffee

If you’re a regular drinker, quitting coffee doesn’t have to happen overnight. In fact, it is advisable to reduce the amounts gradually, otherwise you may experience withdrawal symptoms: headaches, dizziness, insomnia, mood swings, etc. You can then start drinking coffee again or even take caffeinated medications to alleviate the symptoms.

To successfully reduce your caffeine intake, you can:

  • Gradually reduce the amount of coffee you drink: for example, go from 3 cups a day to 2 for a few days, and then to 1 cup before stopping completely.
  • Limit your consumption of tea and carbonated drinks and energy drinks (like low-fat cola or not etc.);
  • Replace cold caffeinated drinks with water. Water is a healthy choice that naturally removes caffeine from your body while keeping you hydrated.
  • Gradually replace regular coffee with decaf (preferably choose organic to avoid toxic solvents).

What to replace coffee with during pregnancy?

If you want to reduce the consumption of coffee and stimulants during pregnancy, you can opt for hot water with honey, lemon water, chicory or barley coffee. Don’t forget the herbal teas that will let you enjoy the benefits of plants, such as chamomile or lavender with calming properties, ideal especially if you suffer from insomnia.

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