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Energy Boosters That Aren't Coffee

Breaking Up With Coffee? Try This

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.

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Try ACV

Apple cider vinegar doesn't just help with weight loss; it also gives you a burst of energy. Try this three-ingredient fizzy drink for a sweet and tangy morning elixer that'll add a pep to your step.

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.

Go Green

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.

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