Find a Substitute for Coffee to Help Curb Cravings

There are a variety of reasons someone might want to remove coffee from their daily chopping block. For one thing, it's expensive.

Have you calculated how much you spend on a coffee per week?

We don't know you like that – so we won't tell you. However, we can guarantee that you will be surprised by the number.

Second, you get a nervous level of caffeine that kicks in right when you're scrolling through Instagram.

It's a scattered haze of IG stories and various polls, pictures of people you didn't know doing yoga in Bali, and other ways people glorify a stay at home order.

You want to do something like that! You keep scrolling and promise only five more minutes. You get out, sign up online to start your day, and that caffeine drive has turned into an excited haze.

Later in the day, pour another cup to push you from project to project, hit a deadline, or just to feel something. And when you lie in bed sleepless from the caffeine jam, you think – this is it.

I cut out coffee. But at least we forget that a cup of joe gives a cozy feeling of well-being when you crawl from your warm bed into a cold room?

Is there a way to replace coffee with real coffee this time?

The trick is to find a way to reproduce the comforting warmth of the coffee, its specific viscosity and / or its characteristic taste (so either the taste of coffee or cream and sugar with a side of coffee – no judgment).

Here is the tea (s)

Here is the tea

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Tea is the first step here. If it's a hot drink that you're missing out on, tea makes an excellent substitute.

If you're an overflowing person (again, no judgment), tea can repeat a similar ritual. Making a perfect cup of tea can be just as precise and demanding as measuring your freshly grained beans.

Keep in mind that transitioning from caffeine can be difficult for some people. Our bodies rely on the stuff, so it's good that it can be obtained from other alternatives.

The average cup of coffee, 8 ounces, contains around 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine per serving. It takes about three cups of green tea to achieve the same consumption.

Okay, so adjust our perspective – it takes three cups to get the same buzz, but that means you can get more hot drink all day without crashing.

And realistically, your body will adjust to the decrease in caffeine. For example, green tea is rich in antioxidants that help flush out your system, keep the body hydrated, and increase the vitality of the mind. Without the afternoon accident where you grabbed another cup of joe.

If green tea in itself is a little too much like drinking water and you want to enjoy the spectacle of the morning cup ritual, invest in high quality matcha tea.

If you've never eaten matcha before, it may take some time to get used to the taste. It's very earthy and grassy in nature, but like kombucha, this stuff will grow on you.

Matcha is the perfect replacement for your daily latte with the right tools. It's frothy and thick and reaches a coffee-like viscosity. You can sweeten it with various sweeteners – honey, agave, vanilla, or even maple syrup (how?).

As you get creative with your added milk, the texture and taste can change. You can get roughly 40 milligrams of clean, long-lasting caffeine from a single cup.

It takes a little time, effort, and a lot of heart to leave coffee behind. What used to be a daily convenience can be replaced, and at the end of the day you will be grateful for it. It is only a small step to create a wave of changes in your daily life. Start with coffee.

About the author:

Mike is a health editor with a degree in journalism and social communication who is currently writing for several publications in the US and UK. He specializes in articles on health tips, exercise plans, and other nutrition-related topics. Its main goal is to help health organizations raise awareness of campaigns about misunderstood or often misdiagnosed conditions.

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