5 morning energy-boosting drinks to make you forget about coffee

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These days, it seems like everyone is either trying to find the perfect cup of artisanal coffee or cut back on their java intake altogether.

If you fall into the latter group, but know for a fact that you'll really miss the warm, comforting ritual of sipping a hot beverage from your favorite mug and fall back into your courtship with coffee, we got you.

Here are five delicious, healthy alternatives to coffee from forward-thinking food blogs. Each easy recipe delivers an energy boost and lets you keep your morning me-time ritual. (Sorry, cute cat not included.) —Jamie McKillop

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(Photo: Insonnetskitchen.com)Yerba Mate Chai

The leaves from the South American yerba mate plant deliver a decent dose of caffeine (80 mg) to keep withdrawal headaches at bay but without the jitters that coffee (100-200 mg) can cause. This recipe from In Sonnet's Kitchen blends chai spices and frothy almond milk for a seriously rejuvenating morning brew. Coffee? What coffee?

Visit In Sonnet's Kitchen for the recipe.

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Turmeric Tea

Trendy turmeric has become a wellness insider fave thanks to the spice's serious inflammation-reducing and antioxidant properties. While you can buy it in supplement or elixir form at pretty much any health store or juice bar, whip up your own tea with this simple honey-sweetened, black-pepper tea from 101 Cookbooks.

Visit 101 Cookbooks for the recipe.

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Skinny Bites Green Tea Latte

Green tea's been a best friend of the healthy set for its often-studied antioxidant, which are said to boost your wellness and longevity, and even make those under-eye circles disappear. Excellent PR aside, it can be too drying for some. But this "skinny latte" version from fashion blogger Peace Love Shea, complete with matcha, almond milk, and Stevia, makes sipping it a pleasure.

Visit Peace Love Shea for the recipe.

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(Photo: Housefullofjays.com)Vanilla Rooibos Latte

Red rooibos tea offers more of a black tea flavor, and this vegan, vanilla-laced version adds a touch of sweetness. Plus, the recipe is penned by blogger House Full Of Jays, a mother of six, so you can expect short prep time, as you're dashing out the door for work.

Visit House Full Of Jays for the recipe.

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(Photo: Dandelion Root Coffee)Dandelion Root Coffee

Dandelion greens are finally getting farmer's market attention for their natural detoxing properties. (Kale can kinda hog the spotlight.) But don't let the root go to waste. Healthy food gurus like Elana Amsterdam say they've got a solid track record in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a liver cleanser to blood-sugar balancer. And unlike coffee which can give you the shakes, this tea will help you keep your cool.

Visit Elana's Pantry for the recipe.

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  1. March 20th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Yeah,I like grean tea,Cos It make my mouse fresh and more energy.

  2. March 30th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    The best alternative to coffee is dark cocoa drink mixed with water ONLY(to sweeten it use honey, because sugar kills all it’s values). Not only gives you a lot energy, but also you feel happier just after few sips. Believe it, I’ve tried it and it became my new addiction. Healthy and tasteful!

  3. September 27th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Seems like unsound advice. Yerba Mate is associated with higher cancer risk. See mayo clinic article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/yerba-mate/faq-20058343

  4. October 27th, 2014 at 2:06 am

    pls send me details of engry drink

  5. Dr. Amit Kumar
    April 4th, 2015 at 2:10 am

    We’ve got a lot of drinks ideas for summer. More options may include : Banana shake, apply smoothie, lemon water, coconut water, orange flax shake, mango smoothie etc.

  6. August 5th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yerba Mate is as healthy as having a cigarette — it contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This is a common known fact, I thought.

  7. October 12th, 2015 at 12:23 am

    It is important to try many teas because they will react with our bodies each differently. Each has different compounds, just like our own bodies. . The level of caffeine is not always what matters, it is the chi (or energy) that matters, which is why a green Pu’er is probably best. I think the best is from http://www.mistypeakteas.com because it is organic and the chi is very smooth.

    These teas we all drink require careful attention to watch how they affect our bodies.

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