Updated: Jan 23
Coffee and dinking coffee during the day is typically an everyday habit that, if not in despair, is terribly difficult for many to give up. At the same time, I believe, that banning something will never lead to results. As then our instinctive resistance comes into play, as we feel they want to take away from us something that is good for us that we love, and if we fail to give it up despite all our efforts, then we feel guilty.
So what's the solution? It is that we take the search for alternatives seriously and boldly experiment with them. You need to know that I am not belonging to the anti-coffee camp, I am just a believer in a varied diet. Sometimes I also drink coffee, but not in significant quantities, and not in the morning, especially not on an empty stomach. So one aspect is the quantity, and the other is our health status. If you have low or normal blood pressure, no reflux or other illness, a little coffee will fit.
But let’s look at what alternatives are available to us and why you might want to try them:
1. One of my big favorites is green tea. It also contains caffeine, so only consume it in moderation. I only recommend the clean, non-filtered version. A cup a day of different flavors of green teas can be an interesting solution for those who need a small energy booster to start their day, but white tea is also a good choice.
2. If we think about it, consuming our morning drink could have become even a small ceremony in our lives, and our short rest during the day with a cup of coffee is often no longer just about black or its taste. Maybe that’s why matcha has become one of the different types of tea for me, a refresher that gives a very special experience, and that’s why I often recommend it as a coffee alternative. Matcha was first only a drink for monks and rulers in Japan, but is fortunately now available in Europe as well. We only get it from a reliable source, because unfortunately it can be contaminated, so we only consume certified organic species. The secret of this tea lies in the fact that it contains L-theanine, which supports the healthy functioning of the nervous system. It refreshes when we need to and soothes when we need it, so it also helps us to sleep well, for example. Of course, we can drink not only in the morning, but also during the day, but in the late afternoon we should choose another drink instead. Matcha also helps the immune system and fat metabolism to function properly. The latter means that it can be used with confidence even in the case of obesity. Of course, without sugar, it is clearly worth drinking.
3. For those looking for a less exotic experience, but want to start the morning with a delicious drink, I recommend cocoa, a sugar- and sweetener-free version, of course. We can make an exciting drink out of it if we go crazy with different spices, because that way we can achieve a really special taste harmony. For those for whom cocoa is not a solution either due to intolerance or other reasons, I tend to recommend one of my big favorites, vegan milk mixed with different spices. In the drink we can mix a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, very tiny pepper, anise, ginger and cardamom. You can buy this compilation ready-made as Golden milk, but you can also make it yourself. This breakfast drink is a particularly good choice in winter as it has a warming effect due to the added spices. Of course, if we don’t have milk sensitivity, we can make it with animal milk as well. Goat milk has a more beneficial effect than cow’s milk, but it also depends on how pure it is. We had a goat as a child and I remember I didn’t really like the taste of goat’s milk, but over time I got used to it and I’ve been happy to drink ever since. It is worth experimenting with it because it works wonders for our body, it is full of minerals, trace elements and enzymes.
4. The St. John’s bread, also called carob, is a perfect choice instead of cocoa. Unfortunately, his consumption was now supplanted by cocoa, even though it grows in Europe, and my father told me that this was the only sweet that was easily available as a child. I have many guests who struggle with intolerance, I also like to recommend the carob to them. This “cocoa substitute” is gluten- and lactose-free, naturally sweet, and more affordable than matcha tea. It can also be consumed by children, but also by those who suffer from cardiovascular disease or need to avoid caffeine for some other reason. No side effects are known and clear. What is interesting about the carob tree is that it owes its name to St. John, whom, according to legend, the carob kept alive during his wilderness wanderings.
5. Chicory or malt may be known to many because it is also a native plant in Europe and has been used for a long time. If we are looking not only for an alternative, but also for the sake of maintaining our health, be sure to consume it from time to time because it is decaffeinated and has a healing effect. And if we can only slowly change our habits, use a blend at first to gradually reduce the coffee and increase the amount of chicory. Pay attention to the sugar content because you can rarely get a sugar-free version. Pure chicory coffee can contribute to the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and due to its alkalizing effect, it is also beneficial to consume in case of reflux.
All in all, then, we should not give up the joy of drinking coffee, but we should not become addicted to it either. I hope I have been able to show you some really subtle alternatives above, but of course there are many other solutions. I suggest you try different flavors, feel free to experiment with what goes well in the morning and during the day instead of coffee. It’s worth embarking on a journey of discovery because there are plenty of options on the palette of drinks that will recharge your energy during the day, and none of them are worth missing out on. I also whisper to you that if you choose chicory or carob, you are testing not only for yourself but also for our environment, as these plants are not mass-produced and are not transported to our country from so far away. Need more motivation than that?
If you got the urge to try one of the coffee alternatives above, contact me for more information.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE I am Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, the developer of the Begonia Wellness Method and a nutrition therapist, wellness coach known as Bernadett Begonia. In my work, I represent natural solutions and see food, as one of the foundations of maintaining health and key to healing. For the past 15 years, I have attended various trainings on wellness, nutrition and coaching. In my work, I also build on Eastern and Western methods, including traditional Chinese medicine and the detection of food intolerances and allergies.
This article has been published in original language in: https://www.impulzivmagazin.hu/5-jol-bevalt-alternativa-a-kave-helyett-meg-annak-is-aki-nehezen-mond-le-rola/ and with different photoes.