If You're Trying to Cut the Coffee...
Let's start by getting one thing straight: I’m not here to tell you that coffee is the enemy and you should avoid it at all costs. A cup of organic, freshly ground coffee a day is not necessarily a problem when it comes to most people's health and wellbeing. The issue comes from drinking too much coffee or sabotaging the quality of your cup of joe. Thanks to large corporations like Starbucks, coffee has become not only something tempting you every hour of the day on every street corner, but also a guilty pleasure that you should probably be calling it dessert. Flavors, syrups, sweeteners, creams, sugar free vanilla macchiatos with an extra shot of espresso and 2 pumps of caramel syrup...
The Sakara Life advice is simple: if you are going to have a cup of coffee as a sacred part of your morning ritual, then ensure it is the very best quality you can find, keep it pure (what ever happened to a classic cup of black coffee?), stick to just one small cup, and savor every single sip. Thank you, coffee for helping me turn my #thoughtstothings on a daily basis.
But wait, before you take that next sip and start uttering your words of gratitude — the one caveat we have to the whole coffee dilemma is for those of us that are super caffeine-sensitive. Although a cup of coffee can be dreamy, cozy, and soul-satiating, for some of us it's actually harmful, depleting the adrenals by forcing them to secrete too much cortisol. The result? An increase in anxiety, a racing heart, the jitters, and a massive energy crash once that initial buzz wares off. Not to mention when cortisol is running high, it can lead to increased body fat, decreased muscle mass, a sluggish metabolism, poor sleep and even premature skin aging.
If you happen to be one of these people, many recommend (and we do as well) that you get off this fight-or-flight rollercoaster ride to ensure that you are not causing long term damage to your body. Easier said than done, we totally get it. But take your time, be compassionate with yourself, and understand that weaning off is a journey, not a sudden social media declaration.
Below are our go-to drinks (hot or iced!) we turn to when we're trying to lessen the amount of coffee we drink, or get off altogether. We're can't promise that any of them will taste or feel like coffee. But we can promise that one day you will be able to get to a place where that morning cup of tea does provide as much joy, love, and inspiration as that morning cup of joe...
~ Organic Green Tea. Yes, green tea contains some caffeine too, but way less than coffee and the health benefits it provides can be far superior. Let us share with you why Yogi green tea is a staple in Sakara HQ: First off, it is packed with potent antioxidants that combat free radicals in the body preventing cellular damage and pre-mature aging. Green tea has this lovely effect where it makes you mentally sharp and laser focused, yet calm and relaxed at the same time. How delicious is that? Green tea has been enjoyed for almost 5,000 years as a traditional healing tonic in traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, treating everything and anything from blood sugar regulation to enhanced digestion. Now that's our kind of morning pick me up!
~ Matcha. Matcha contains more antioxidants than any other variety of green tea, and has a deeply earthy yet subtly sweet flavor. Matcha is basically green tea leaves ground into a fine powder that can be enjoyed by simply adding warm water or turning it into one of those ever so popular Matcha green tea lattes. It’s a natural weight loss aid, helps to reduce stress and has wonderful detoxification properties.
~ Chai. Are you a fan of Chai? Chai is made from a mix of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper, which aids digestion and reduces bloating (hooray!). The Indians created this drink to energize the body, stabilize blood sugar levels, boost the immune system and provide a hit of powerful antioxidants. Make a chai tea or chai latte by adding hot water, your plant-based mylk of choice and an optional teaspoon of raw honey.
~ Dandy Blend. Ever heard of Dandy Blend? Dandy Blend is completely caffeine free and almost tastes like coffee (just almost). It’s made from all natural ingredients including the extracts of roasted dandelion and chicory roots, giving it a full-bodied flavor that’s naturally sweet with no acidity or bitterness. There are over 50 trace minerals in each cup and it provides your liver with a little extra detox support! Simply add to hot water with a dash of your favorite mylk to make this drink your a favorite morning ritual.
So there you have it, some great alternatives to coffee with way more health benefits to enjoy. Nothing beats starting your day the right way with some Beauty Water, a nourishing Sakara Life breakfast, and adrenal-loving tea wash it down.