9 Energy Boosting Drinks That Aren't Coffee

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You may love the energy kick from coffee, but too much can be a bad thing. Try some of these cleaner-burning 'fuels' that will wake you up, nourish your body, and keep you going longer.

Some research shows coffee in moderation is good for you. It contains antioxidants and gives a good energy boost, but too much coffee can have unpleasant side effects. Insomnia, depression, and anxiety have all been linked to too much caffeine, and the quantity of sugar that many people consume along with their coffee isn’t good either. The best thing is not to overdo it. There are plenty of other great energy boosters to get you going without taxing your body in the process. Here are some ideas.

1. Tea

Just like coffee, the caffeine in white, green, and black teas can perk you up when you're feeling sluggish, but it's not the only ingredient helping you sustain an energy buzz. Brews of these types of tea also contain other compounds, such as the amino acid L-theanine, that help you feel both mentally alert and relaxed. With tea, you might not crash as fast or hard, and you won’t get jittery.

2. Matcha Latte

When you drink matcha, you ingest the entire ground-up tea leaf, as opposed to steeped leaves, which means that you get a bigger nutritional punch per cup. Matcha has been linked to lower cancer rates. Whisk it into a latte for an espresso-like drink that’s warm and satisfying.

3. Green Smoothies

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Get nutrition, hydration, vitamins, and energy all in one shot. Blend a smoothie using fruits, ice, and spinach to make a delicious, antioxidant-filled drink that’s guaranteed to wake you up. You can even give your smoothie an extra caffeine boost with the addition of green or black tea.

4. Chia Smoothies

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Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, particularly protein, and are becoming a popular choice for athletes to replenish their bodies post-workout. A chia-peanut butter smoothie makes a great recovery snack – or a dozy afternoon wake-up call!

5. Ginseng & Licorice Root Tea

This drink is wonderful first thing in the morning. Here's a simple recipe:

1 handful small tendril rootlets of white ginseng roots (ren shen)
10 long slices of licorice root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis or G. glabra (gan cao))

Put the ginseng and licorice together in a thermos or a large teapot and add 4 cups of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes, then pour off the liquid into a separate container. Add 4 more cups boiling water to the ginseng and licorice and steep 20 minutes more. You may repeat this process with the same roots up to 5 times. Strain the tea and drink it throughout the day.

6. Oil of Oregano infusion

Fatigue is sometimes caused by dormant viruses in the body, which can be fought with the powerful, antioxidant-laden oil of oregano. It will also boost digestion and immune system functioning. Add 1-2 drops to an 8-oz. glass of water and drink once daily. The flavor has a burning intensity, so stick to just a few drops.

7. Kombucha

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Kombucha is a fizzy, almost vinegary-tasting drink made of fermented black or green tea. It's loaded with microorganisms, and its ability to reinvigorate is attributed to the iron that comes from the tea.

8. Beetroot Juice

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Beetroot juice has been found to extend athletic stamina, according to a study from the University of Exeter in the UK. It also has the ability to reduce blood pressure. Juice it raw, along with other vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, celery, etc.) to dilute its potency, or mix it into a fruit smoothie.

9. Water

You’ve heard it a million times before, but water is essential to maintaining energy throughout the day. Water should always be the first option before turning to anything else. All too often people look to fancy energy drinks, laden with sugar, caffeine, and other additives to get themselves through the day, when all they need is better hydration. So keep that water bottle filled!

As with all herbs and natural remedies, check with your health care provider before starting any new regimen.

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