What word has six letters and the power to get your attention any time of the day? Coffee! If you’re a fellow coffee addict, it seems almost impossible to imagine your day without a cup of your favourite beans. Besides making you feel fresh, it has a few health benefits, too. However, the risks outweigh the benefits. Coffee is the leading cause of anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, high blood pressure, and fatigue.
Luckily for us, we have some healthy substitutes for coffee.
1. Rooibos Tea
Rooibos has been consumed in the southern region of the African continent for centuries. It is known for being flavourful, caffeine-free and a good alternative to tea or coffee, and is soothing when served with milk and honey.
Preparation: Add one teaspoon of Rooibos tea leaves for 250ml of boiling hot water. It has a longer steeping time than most teas, anywhere between 4 to 10 minutes. However, the longer you soak the more number of antioxidants and nutrients are released in the tea.
Health Benefits: Improves heart health and helps relieve kidney problems.
2. Bulletproof Coffee
This is a calorie-rich beverage that replaces breakfast and comes from Tibet and Nepal, where black tea or coffee is made with yak butter. It tastes richer and creamier than regular coffee and works well for a ketogenic diet. However, it should be avoided when cholesterol levels are high.
Preparation: Brew a cupof coffee using filtered water with 2 1/2 teaspoons of bulletproof coffee beans. Add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter or ghee. Toss everything in a blender for half a minute. This mixture will make you the creamiest and most pleasing cup of coffee.
Health Benefits: The combination of caffeine and fats increases energy. It also helps you stay sharp and improves focus.
3. Kombucha Tea
Originating in East Asia, it is a fermented black or green tea. During the fermentation process, it forms a mushroom-like layer on the surface (which is why it is also known as mushroom tea), and is healthy to drink. It is a fizzy drink with an impressive variety of smells and flavours.
Preparation: The most essential ingredient to make Kombucha Tea is scoby, which transforms the sugary tea to a fizzy sour concoction. It is slippery and rubbery, with brown fibrous bits hanging from it. Preparing scoby takes 1 to 4 weeks with two rounds of fermentation. After that, it takes 6 to 10 days to make the actual kombucha and 3 to 10 days to carbonate it.
Health Benefits: Potential source of probiotics, helps with managing cholesterol.
4. Matcha TeaMatcha is the purest form of green tea and has properties that slow down and extend the release of caffeine, keeping it in your system longer. Hence, you tend to consume less tea during the day. Commonly known as matcha green tea latte or matcha latte, it has a fresh aroma with a sweet umami flavour.
Preparation: Matcha lattes taste great and are very easy to make. Soak green tea leaves in a quarter cup of boiling water. Use a bamboo whisk to blend a teaspoon of matcha powder, then pour milk and honey.
Health Benefits: Improves attention, memory and overall brain function.
Preparation: In a small saucepan over medium to high heat, mix milk with other spices and tea leaves of your choice. Keep stirring until the mixture is very hot. Serve with maple syrup.
Health Benefits: Reduce blood pressure and sugar levels. Improves digestion and reduces nausea.