Coffee is probably the most popular remedy for tiredness and an indispensable part of our everyday life. There are plenty of alternatives that you should definitely try.
Coffee is valued for its fine taste and stimulating effect. In the current home office situation in particular, however, we often drink one or two cups too much. An alternative to coffee brings variety. We present 10 coffee alternatives to give you the energy boost you need.
Green tea is particularly gentle on the stomach and, thanks to its caffeine content, has a stimulating effect on circulation and metabolism. The caffeine content is lower than in coffee, but thanks to the many healthy ingredients such as polyphenols, which are supposed to have cancer-preventing and anti-inflammatory effects, the effect is gentler but lasts longer. Important during preparation: Do not pour boiling water over the leaves and only let the tea steep for two to a maximum of three minutes, otherwise it will quickly taste bitter.
The powder made from green tea leaves is mostly prepared as a matcha latte, brewed tea, or matcha smoothie. Matcha contains healthy and invigorating ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The unique combination of caffeine, the amino acid theanine, and the tannin make green tea from Japan a real stimulant - the effect of which lasts for several hours. Pour the concentrated powder with warm water and then beat it with a bamboo whisk until frothy. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considers a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine per day to be safe for adults - which corresponds to a maximum of six cups of matcha tea. Nevertheless: enjoy in moderation!
The plant, which comes from South America, is a popular ingredient in all energy drinks due to its high caffeine content. Three grams of guarana contain as much caffeine as three cups of coffee - but the energy booster is still gentler on the stomach. The contained caffeine takes some time to develop its effect and an overdose of the powder can lead to sleep problems, palpitations, and headaches.
Mate tea is known as a pick-me-up in South America. The leaves of the mate bushes are dried, cut into small pieces, then poured with boiling water, and processed into a stomach-friendly tea. The longer you let the powder steep, the stronger your stimulant will work. Despite its high caffeine content, the tea is more digestible thanks to the minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins it contains and leads to fewer stomach aches and headaches. The energy supplier offers further advantages: It has an appetite suppressant and stimulates digestion.
The caffeine in black tea is weaker than in coffee, but it is long-lasting. The famous drowsiness that coffee often leads us into as soon as the effects of the caffeine wear off does not occur with black tea. Rich in vitamin B and potassium, the coffee substitute stimulates circulation and has a calming effect on the stomach. Turks are definitely a delightful nation!
The so-called Chaga mushroom has been used in Finnish and Russian medicine for many years. The concentration-promoting and immune-strengthening effect can be achieved with a mushroom coffee without caffeine.
The local superfood can either be pressed yourself or bought as a ready-made powder. Wheatgrass takes some getting used to in terms of taste - but is rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B1, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system, the ginseng plant is said to relieve chronic fatigue and stress and is ideal for those who have difficulty concentrating. Ginseng is available as a tea for brewing or as a powder for smoothies and thus supplies the body with vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. However, caution is also required: if you are pregnant, suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, preparations made from ginseng may only be taken after consulting a doctor. The ingredients from the root can change blood clotting, which is why people who take anticoagulant medication must definitely consult a doctor. The tuber enhances the effects that coffee and other caffeinated beverages have on the body. In general: buy natural products and always pay attention to the quality of the tea.
Sour makes fun - or provides a sufficient portion of energy. Citrus fruits provide the body with plenty of vitamin C, which is not only important for our immune system but also has an invigorating effect on the body - similar to caffeine. The sour fruits stimulate our norepinephrine production and thus also the metabolism and concentration. So in the morning, it is best to grab lemon water or a tangerine instead of your daily cup of coffee - the circulation is stimulated and you will immediately feel more alert.
Turmeric is a real energy booster - without any caffeine. The spice is extracted from the bulb of the turmeric plant. Particularly efficient: Consumption in the form of turmeric shots in the morning after getting up or as golden milk.