Let’s face it; most of us don’t get enough sleep at night OR enough essential vitamins in our diets. As a result, many former coffee lovers like myself have transitioned into no sugar, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly energy/vitamin drinks. After all, when it comes to energy, we want it to be for the long haul, not just for the moment. Below are some of my favorites and healthy options to sustain balanced energy as an alternative to coffee.
This one is my current favorite and tastes excellent. It helps me sustain energy all day, and I usually only drink one. I love it because of the vitamins and metabolism burning! As I jokingly say, it helps me stay kind of skinny while I live a busy lifestyle. This drink is sold at select 7-Eleven stores, Vitamin Shoppe, and most health food stores.
This one is delicious! 7-Eleven has its own brand of energy drinks, one being “Quake”, loaded with B vitamins, electrolytes, branched-chain amino acids and 250 milligrams of caffeine in each 12-ounce can. The citrus flavor has a delicious vanilla notes in it, and I love that it didn’t make me feel jittery.
Whether homemade or store-bought, plant-based herbal teas are the healthiest option for natural caffeine. Some of the best herbs for energy, endurance, and efficiency are:
-Green Tea (ranges from jasmine, to sencha, or traditional green). Green pairs well with mint, citrus/fruit flavors, even florals like hibiscus. Green tea is also widely used for burning belly fat, and who doesn’t want that?
-Black Tea is a higher level of caffeine than green, and slightly more bitter. Much like coffee, it can be flavored to taste with a cream or milk and sweetener. It’s rich in antioxidants, and can help with regulating blood pressure and cholesterol.
-Oolong Tea not only has caffeine, but its another metabolism booster!
-White Tea has the least amount of caffeine on the list and is the mildest in taste. It’s very healthy and full of antioxidants
Read ALL ingredients, do your research, and choose at your discretion. If you are caffeine sensitive, check the levels of caffeine first. And always, always, always consult with a licensed health practitioner or nutritionist if you are unsure. Happy Healthy Energizing!