The famous “morning coffee” has billions of people around the world relying on it's caffeinated affects to get them through their morning. What if I told you there were a multitude of foods you could consume that would give you more energy than your standard cup of coffee? Would you believe me? There is an abundance of options that you can choose from that will give you a little kick start in the morning, and they are not coffee, take a look!
These nutrient packed smoothies are an awesome way to get your morning started the right way. Kale, Spinach, and Arugula smoothies are not only loaded with vitamins and minerals but they are also loaded with healthy anti-oxidants which in turns helps you have more energy throughout the day. An example of a green smoothie:
Green Smoothie| Serves 2
- 3 Cups of Packed Baby Spinach, Kale, or Arugula
- 1 ½ ripe bananas
- 2 mandarin oranges
- 6 oz. of fresh strawberries
- 1 cup of frozen ice
- 1 cup of either coconut water, or regular water
Blend and enjoy!
This one may not be for everyone, but it sure does have a good track record to keeping your gut healthy, and your energy levels up. If you are not familiar with Kombucha, it is simply fermented tea and it is sold in many grocery stores around the country. This fermented tea is high in Vitamin B, which will in turn help your body product natural energy.
Say what? Yes, pomegranate juice is a wonderful way to kick start your morning and boost your energy all day long. It’s powerful antioxidant properties have been shown to do a number on your energy, and productivity throughout the day. Check out this yummy pomegranate drink recipe:
Pomegranate Energy Drink | Serves 1
- ½ cup of chilled pomegranate juice
- ½ cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
Blend and enjoy!
This may scare some people, but it has been known to work wonders for the body’s overall heath and wellness. One tiny ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to over two pounds of vegetables! Talk about the quick surge of vitamins and minerals you are getting on a daily basis when you take a wheatgrass shot. Because of the energy-enhancing chlorophyll you will be fighting off many toxins in your body as well as boosting your energy. Unsure of how to get your hands on a wheatgrass shot? Go to a natural market or a smoothie place and they can make it for you!
Ginseng tea is known for its ability to help you focus, fight off fatigue, and stimulate your brain. All of those qualities would benefit everyone early in the morning; I don’t care who you are or what you do for a living! By switching your morning coffee out for Ginseng Tea, you will be doing your body and mind a favor all day long.
Whether you are willing to give up your morning coffee or not these are good alternatives to keep you energized in the morning. Try one or two of them out this week and see if it makes a difference in your daily routine! There is always a coffee shop around the corner, if you get desperate that is!