For many, a daily coffee is an uplifting ritual and a non-negotiable start to the day. However, whilst a little of the strong stuff is perfectly ok, when the need for a warm and cosy pick-me-up hits after you’ve already consumed your morning brew, it’s time to reach for something a little more nourishing. Below, we’ve rounded up our favourite healthy coffee alternatives that we’ve been sipping on this season.
Providing an excellent source of clean energy without the spike and dip that caffeine and sugary energy drinks induce, BLOOM ULTRA CLEANSE Matcha Green Tea powder is the key ingredient in our daily almond milk matcha lattes. A high source of antioxidants and fibre, this Hip & Healthy staple is additionally boosted with liver supporting yerba mate and milk thistle for an added nutritional punch.
Whilst drinking mushrooms might not appeal to the masses, we’re here to change your mind. Cordyceps mushroom is an adaptogen, not a stimulant, which means unlike coffee, it helps you to maintain constant energy levels throughout the day by activating the body’s own natural energy production cells. Naturally sweetened with liquorice root, rose hip and stevia, the result is surprisingly tasty especially if its the bitterness of coffee that you crave.
One of our all-time favourite natural and nutritious energy boosters, cacao contains a powerhouse of components that help stimulate the secretion of endorphins to leave you with that feel-good buzz. Containing high levels of magnesium that helps balance brain chemistry, PEA aka the ‘love drug’ and Theobromine, a well known serotonin booster – who needs coffee! Get the recipe for Delicously Ella’s deceivingly healthy hot chocolate here.
Maca & Honey
An ancient powerhouse of fatigue fighting and stress relieving essential nutrients, maca is yet another staple in the Hip & Healthy kitchen. Warming, nutty and earthy with the most delicious caramel undertones to boot, we’ve been enjoying this as an alternative to our beloved matcha. Simply blend a teaspoon of maca with your favourite plant based milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey to taste. Heat on the stove and voila! An autumnal-warmer to cosy up your afternoon.
Containing the same type of antioxidants as green tea but in a much greater quantity, the antioxidants found within white tea have many health promoting properties including boosting cardiovascular health, helping to lower cholesterol and increasing metabolic rate. We’ve been enjoying a strong cup of white tea alongside our brekkie for an energising and antioxidant rich start to the day.
Words Zsa Zsa Vella