What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? For many of us, the answer will be “make a coffee” – and while this go-to morning wake-up-call does have health benefits when drunk in moderation, too much coffee is not a good thing for the brain, body or stress levels.

So whether you are having a full caffeine detox or just trying to reduce your coffee intake for a healthier lifestyle, here are our favourite coffee alternatives that will give you the kick-start without the drawbacks.

Green Tea or Matcha: Green tea and matcha (a type of green tea) both contain less caffeine than coffee, however they still have enough to improve mental acuity. These healthy alternatives also pack a nutrient dense punch thanks to a high quantity of natural antioxidants known to boost energy. Reputed as the healthiest tea around, studies show that green tea drinkers have reduced risks of getting cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Lemon Water: It may not sound as satisfying as your creamy cup of coffee, but lemon water is an effective drink to wake you and help you feel energised. Full of the antioxidant Vitamin C, this calorie- and caffeine-free drink will boost the immune system, aid digestion and protect the skin by creating collagen and fighting free radicals.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Lauded as one of the hottest new superfoods, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can also offer you that much needed energy boost in the mornings, thanks to its high levels of acetic acid – a compound known to be beneficial for insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels. ACV has also been linked to helping with weight loss, but don’t drink it undiluted as the acid can damage your teeth.

Hot Turmeric or Raw Cacao: Forget hot chocolate before bed, whisking a spoonful of raw cacao or turmeric powder into your hot milk in the morning will give you that delicious rich flavour and milky creaminess you crave, while also providing a filling and healthy alternative to caffeine. Raw cacao is packed full of powerful antioxidants and nutrients, while turmeric is rich in curcumin which is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Add honey or maple syrup if you need a touch of sweetness.

 Wheatgrass Juice: As part of our menu of freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies, our Prinos Fresh Bar offers super healthy freshly pressed wheatgrass juice – an excellent natural energiser that will kick start your day with a boost of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and nutrients.

Include some of these alternatives on your weekly Prinos shopping list to start your mornings the right way. And of course – never forget the incredible superpowers of plain, simple water – natures greatest hydrator, and an impressively powerful energy boosting wake up call first thing in the morning.


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