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Ditch the Caffeine: 6 Healthy Morning Pick Me Ups

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If you’re trying to wean yourself off of that morning latte run, then take a look at our healthy morning pick me ups to help you get started. While an occasional cup of coffee isn’t going to hurt anyone, sometimes our bodies become addicted to the caffeine, or we succumb to the sugary toppings and fattening pastries that are sold right alongside that cup of joe. Our list of alternatives will not only energize you, but provide you with lots of additional health benefits to keep you on track with your weight loss goals! 

Green Tea

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This is probably one of the easiest ways to transition away from coffee since it gives you that nice warm feeling inside that many coffee drinkers love. And it has a mild amount of caffeine so you won’t have intense caffeine withdrawal symptoms like headaches. But you might want to try some just because recent studies are showing green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat cells and increase physical activity. That’s a boost we’re looking for! And it’s also full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. So whether you enjoy it hot in the morning, or iced at lunch, green tea should definitely be added to your beverage list!

Carob Powder

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This chocolate substitute is not only lower in fat and calories than chocolate, which is beneficial if you are trying to lose weight, it is also a lot lower in caffeine. And it has the carbohydrates your muscles and brain require to kick-start your day, which is why you should consider including it in your next morning smoothie. Besides being a great way to start your day, carob also contains gallic acid, whose benefits include analgesic, antiseptic, and antioxidant qualities to help boost your immune system.

Green smoothie

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Go green and supercharge your day with a glass full of veggies! Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and arugula help to alkalize your body and are full of energy-boosting antioxidants. This is a great caffeine-free way to start your day that will have you full until lunchtime with all of the added fiber from those green vegetables. Try our recipe for blueberry burst smoothie that adds antioxidant powerhouse blueberries to this healthy breakfast drink!

Water

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Sound boring? Well after reading the benefits of drinking a glass of water in the morning, you’ll be jumping out of bed to enjoy nature’s energy drink. Besides being a natural metabolism booster, drinking water in the morning helps improve digestion, clear up your skin, fights infection, and helps rid your body of unwanted toxins. We’ll take all of it!

 

Wheatgrass

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You’ll see this popular health drink at your local juice bar, sold in health food stores, or even at your gym because it has amazing health benefits. Wheatgrass is a sprouted green grass that provides your body with increased energy levels. Just an ounce of wheatgrass provides the vitamin and mineral equivalent to over two pounds of fresh vegetables. Wow! And it also has chlorophyll, which enhances energy and prevents cancer. Don’t think you can stomach the bitter taste? Try mixing it with some fresh squeezed orange juice for a great way to start your morning.

So instead of heading to your favorite cafe for that morning espresso, try some of these coffee alternatives. We guarantee you’ll be feeling so good, you won’t miss that cup of joe!




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