March 27th, 2019
Lots of people rely on caffeine (guilty! We even have an espresso maker onsite), a substance that’s absorbed quickly, primarily to provide a much-needed energy boost. However, some people are sensitive to caffeine or don’t want to include it in their diet, and therefore, seek caffeine alternatives. Fortunately, other nutrients, foods, and drinks out there can spike energy levels and provide caffeine alternatives to coffee, tea, or soda. The team at Driven Fit + Sponaugle Wellness Studio share several below…
Chicory root “coffee”: When roasted, chicory root gives off a similar aroma and flavor to coffee, making it an excellent coffee alternative (if purely based on taste).
The downside is that it doesn’t specifically provide an energy boost (it’s more placebo effect than anything). The upside is that it provides beneficial digestion properties, as well as antihyperglycemic benefits.
Carob: This age-old ingredient has been used for thousands of years and is most commonly known as a chocolate alternative.
It is incredibly nutritious and includes protein, vitamins A and B, and carbohydrates, along with some healthy minerals. Carob contains high amounts of pinitol, which has an insulin-like effect that works together with the minerals to give an energized feeling. It also offers major digestive benefits!
Water: Did you know that dehydration causes fatigue? Now you do, so drink more water! If you’re not a fan of plain old water, add a slice of lemon or some muddled berries for natural flavor. Water will make you feel more alert all day every day, as long as you’re drinking enough.
Maca: Here’s another caffeine alternative that has been around for centuries. Maca is commonly used to boost adrenal function and help improve mental focus while reducing fatigue. Add a few scoops to your smoothie or make it hot with plant-based milk to jump-start your morning.
Cordyceps: This powder-based elixir (made from fungi) has been shown to improve aerobic performance and endurance while also helping to increase energy levels in those who are fatigued – making it a favorite amongst athletes. It’s a perfect addition to your morning or afternoon smoothie!
Ginseng: Used in traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is an energy-replenishing tonic that is known to improve mental clarity. It’s best in tea form, but also available in a capsule. Be cautious with dosages, and always read the labels on the packaging.
Rhodiola: This caffeine alternative is a flowering plant used to increase energy and stamina and improve attention and memory. Find this supplement at your local health food store.
Berries: Naturally sweet and nutrient-dense foods are the perfect snack if you are in need of an energy boost! This especially goes for blueberries, which are high in fiber and help you feel energized longer.
B Vitamins: Foods rich in vitamin B such as lean meats, nuts, seeds, and fortified grains have been known to improve moods, mental clarity, and fatigue. Make sure to include this healthy nutrient as a part of your well-balanced diet!
Nuts: This nutrient-dense snack is a balanced food that contains carbs, fat, and protein. Because of this, they balance carbohydrate fuel with the blood-sugar-balancing effects of fat and protein – keeping you energized longer throughout the day.
Each type of nut has its own benefits, although one nut seems to offer more star power in terms of nutrition – the walnut. Studies show that walnuts have beneficial effects on memory and learning skills and contain almost twice the antioxidants as other common nuts!
At Driven Fit + Sponaugle Wellness in South Tampa, we offer a whole body approach to fitness and wellness. Our licensed professionals are here to help you create a healthier lifestyle. For more information on our South Tampa studio and services, please contact our team!
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