5 Morning Coffee Alternatives to Get You Out of Bed


Cutting out caffeine? Try these alternatives.: Photo Credit: pixelfit/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

Whether you’re embarking on a month-long elimination diet, Whole30 style, trying to save a little cash by cutting out that daily latte, or simply taking a break from caffeine, here are some alternatives to drinking a cup of coffee to start your day:

Lemon Water

For those in the market for a minimum effort, maximum results morning beverage, it doesn’t get better than lemon water. Simply squeeze half of the citrus into a glass of warm or room temperature water and get ready to see all sorts of benefits that wellness celebs and lifestyle gurus have been talking up for ages.

Fans of this morning refresher tout clearer skin, improved digestion and strengthening of immune systems after a couple weeks of lemon juicing. The magic of this concoction lies in its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidant properties, plus a little extra hydration never hurts anyone.

Matcha

Vibrate green tea lattes have been brightening up social media accounts for a while now — and with good reason. The visual appeal of this darling of the Japanese tea family is only the beginning of its appeal. Matcha’s caffeine content is balanced with theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation, making for a boost that’s never jittery. With more antioxidants than blueberries, this frothy green tea boasts superfood status, which makes perfect sense since it’s really just a bunch of ground up green leaves.

Mushroom Tea

Made with a genus of fungi known as cordyceps, this earthy brew is a staple among professional athletes and has recently made its way into the mass market. These funky looking mushrooms bring multiple positives, ranging from skin rejuvenation to heart and respiratory system benefits. For those looking to add a bit more boost, check out mushroom coffee, a blend of instant java and good for you ‘shrooms.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Taken straight in a shot or mellowed out with a cup of warm water, this astringent eye opener is sure to get your day going. While it might seem counter-intuitive, this particular vinegar is chock full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, both of which help with gut health, digestion and hunger cravings. If the flavor is a bit off-putting, just think of it as kombucha’s more wallet friendly cousin.

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Although it may have come from can of concentrate or a cardboard carton, there’s a reason that your mom served you a glass of orange juice every morning of your childhood. When freshly pressed from the fruit in front of your eyes at EVEN Hotels’ Cork & Kale Market and Bar, pulpy orange juice is a vitamin powerhouse packed with vitamins A and B, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Not to mention, all of that pulp provides a healthy dose of beneficial fiber.

About the Author

Caroline RussockCaroline Russock is a local editor for Zagat. Past gigs include vetting thousands of recipes for Serious Eats, bartending in rural Sicily, and running a French bistro in San Diego.