Love caffeinated beverages but can’t have any more caffeine? Here are three healthy caffeine-free drinks you can make at home as alternatives to coffee, tea, and energy drinks
Drinking caffeinated coffee and tea everyday is perfectly safe behavior for most people, but the key is moderation. Drink any more than three to five cups of coffee a day, for example, and you may begin to experience uncomfortable side effects like shakiness, headaches, and a racing heartbeat. But drinking caffeinated drinks everyday and depending on them to perform daily activities can also lead to caffeine addiction if you’re not being careful.
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This addiction can result in withdrawal symptoms, with some of the most common being headaches, decreased energy and alertness, drowsiness, a depressed mood, and difficulty concentrating. In any case, whether you want to put a stop to your post-caffeine jitteriness or cut back on caffeine to prevent a dependency, this list of caffeine-free drinks is for you.
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Despite its name, chicory coffee is completely caffeine-free and is a beverage made from dried, roasted, ground, and brewed chicory root. This drink is less bitter than the traditional coffee you could be used to drinking, and it tastes nuttier and sweeter, too. While not exactly the energy boost you’re looking for, chicory is a good substitute for coffee and is said to be healthy for your gut since it’s rich in inulin.
You can prepare this drink at home as you would a traditional coffee as pre-ground and roasted chicory root can be found in grocery stores.
Ginger turmeric shots
Turmeric is caffeine-free but is also said to naturally boost energy levels, making turmeric shots another great substitute for caffeinated beverages like coffee and energy drinks. The ginger used in this recipe is also beneficial since it’s said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. But it is important to note that you should only drink ginger turmeric shots once every morning since, like coffee, drinking over moderation can cause discomfort.
To make this online favorite, all you’ll need are ginger, turmeric, oranges, and lemons. After all the peeling, slicing, and blending with water and black pepper is done, strain the mix and take it like a shot for the proper coffee kick you need to wake up.
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Another ginger and turmeric recipe on this list is golden milk. Golden milk is a warm caffeine-free alternative to coffee and it owes its hue to its healthy mix of spices. This drink is particularly noteworthy as it’s known to promote health, especially among malnourished communities since even a turmeric-fortified soya milk drink has high protein, iron, zinc, TPC, and antioxidant content.
Golden milk is simple to make. All you’ll need to do is stir this mixture over low to medium heat: milk (preferably whole milk), ground turmeric, cinnamon, ground ginger, a pinch of black pepper, and some honey or vanilla to sweeten it.