I generally feel pretty good about what I put into my body but as you already know, one habit that I didn’t feel great about was my daily coffee habit, or shall I say my old coffee habit. While some people are completely fine drinking coffee, I found that my daily caffeine jolt was starting to interfere with my sleep. Not good. Since I’m a huge proponent of getting at least 7 quality hours of sleep a night to stay healthy (and avoid the flu that’s been spreading like wildfire), I was getting really concerned. So, I decided to quit coffee for a while and see how I felt. But I knew it wouldn’t be easy, so I did a bit of research and enlisted a couple of assistants to make my transition to a coffee-free life a little bit easier. Since I know I’m not alone when it comes to quitting or reducing coffee intake, I’m hopeful that some of these old and new favorites will help you out!
1. Teeccino – I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but since I’ve been drinking coffee daily since high school, I knew I would really miss the taste. To avoid falling back into my old habits, I bought a box of this dandelion-based herbal tea in December. It does a pretty good job of replicating the taste of the coffee. Right now, my favorite flavor is French Mocha. Oh, and it’s actually really good for you too – dandelion root tea is well-known for supporting your liver function and is full of antioxidants. So its the perfect option for those of you who want to reward your liver for working so hard on the weekends (…and/or weeknights).
2. Matcha Green Tea – This is an amazing way to still get your caffeine fix, albeit at a much-reduced scale. Also, it doesn’t hurt that matcha green tea is ridiculously good for you. Like all types of green tea, matcha is filled with a ton of antioxidants with benefits that range from fat loss to preventing cancer. But since you are actually consuming the entire tea leaf, as opposed to simply steeping the leaves in hot water, your body is getting much more of these health benefits. Matcha does have a bit of caffeine, so I still feel energized throughout my day, but not to the point where I have issues falling asleep. I personally love David’s Tea Grand Cru Matcha.
3. Choffy – A 100% cacao bean beverage. Choffy is so rich and delicious that you might feel like you are having dessert! But it is completely guilt-free; like Teeccino and matcha green tea, Choffy is filled with a ton of antioxidants. According to their website, there are more antioxidants in a cup of Choffy than 2 servings of blueberries, so drink up and enjoy the natural chocolatey goodness.