We don’t have anything against coffee. Never fails to get the job done, and studies have shown that it’s got its share of health benefits. However, we’re also of the opinion that a hardcore habit of triple espressos, shooting boiling water through plastic pods and drinking six or more cups a day is probably a tad much (according to a recent study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, five is the ideal limit for heart health).
Whether you’re looking to cut back, or merely swap out a mug or two a day, here are five alternatives that will offer a proportional energy boost, with some added physiological perks to boot.
- Familiar: Berries, plain yogurt, leafy greens and nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
- New: Beets, canned sardines, Brussels sprouts and chia pudding
- Try swapping out 3 big meals per day for 5-6 servings of superfoods
- Effective, free and available anytime, anywhere
- At your desk: Actively breathe by inhaling deeply, holding the breath for a few seconds, releasing, then repeating
- Away from your desk: Meditation apps (Headspace), expert techniques (Wim Hof) or a 20-minute power nap
- Added nutrients like B vitamins riboflavin, B-6 and B-12
- Ounce for ounce, Monster Energy contains half the caffeine of standard coffee-shop coffee
- Endless flavor, numerous sugar and sugar free options with caffeine. Love coffee? There’s the Java Monster line. Hate it? Go Original. Cutting calories? Try the Zero Ultra line.
- Squeeze in a workout (or even a brisk walk to get the heart rate up) during lunch and you’re golden
- Lunges, crunches, calf raises and push-ups can be done right at your desk
- No time to leave the office? Take stretch breaks.
- Tea: Hot or iced, various caffeination levels
- Fresh-pressed juice: Easily digestible for faster energy. Choose leafy greens like spinach, kale and chard.
- Kombucha: The fermented hippie favorite is more accessible than ever