5 Coffee Alternatives to Get You Through the Day

October 4, 2019 9:27 am
5 Coffee Alternatives to Get You Through the Day

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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

Mental Exercises

  • 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

Energy Drinks

  • 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.

Physical Exercise

  • 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.

Other Beverages

  • 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