Are you breaking a coffee addiction? Or maybe you gave up lattes for Lent? If you're starting to feel that 3 p.m. slump, only to look up and realize that it's actually 11 a.m., then stay with us — we have some alternatives to get you going in the morning, without a cup of that stuff we won't mention anymore.
Heat Up Some Lemon Water
At both hot and room temperatures, lemon water has been said to be a natural energizer. The scent and flavor of lemons are known to be natural mood boosters, and research has shown that lemon oil can regulate energy stores.
Apples and Bananas
With carbohydrates, natural sugar, and soluble fiber, eating an apple first thing in the morning can give you as much energy as a cup of coffee, without the addictive caffeine. And while bananas can be high in sugar, they're a great natural source of energy. When paired with healthy fats like coconut oil, almond butter, or peanut butter (hellooooo, PB banana toast!), they make an awesome and quick morning meal choice.
Squeeze In a Morning Workout
For an endorphins boost and positive energy rush, look no further than a quick morning workout. Not only will you wake up your brain and get ready for the day, but the more you exercise, the more energy you'll have. It can even be as short as five minutes, and you'll be ready to take on the day caffeine-free.
Related: How I Learned to Love Morning Workouts
Sip On Some Kombucha
Swap your standard morning beverage with an ice-cold kombucha, which is loaded with iron and helps your body absorb iron better, providing a source of energy and renewal. Your lack of energy may have nothing to do with caffeine at all and may be due to a lack of this essential mineral.
Green tea has powerful health benefits, including metabolism-boosting capabilities. With significantly lower caffeine content than a cup of joe, you'll enjoy sustained energy benefits without the crash.
Drink More Water
When all else fails, reach for a glass of water when you're craving caffeine. Dehydration can often be a source of fatigue, so mitigate this by staying extra hydrated.