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5 healthy vegan coffee alternatives to add to your morning ritual

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Trying to cut back on your caffeine? These 5 healthy and vegan coffee alternatives can keep your morning ritual alive, without getting the jitters.

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Is coffee healthy?

Why cut back on caffeine?

5 healthy vegan coffee alternatives

BONUS: 3 vegan smoothie recipes

Is coffee healthy?

Coffee smells great, it tastes great...heck, it even looks great. But is it healthy?

It depends.

Coffee has plenty of nutrients, from several B vitamins to manganese and potassium. It's also been touted as the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet - though it's important to consider that folks are getting more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables simply because the Standard American Diet doesn't consist of all that many fruits and vegetables.

That said, coffee can be a healthy beverage. It's may lower risk for several diseases, like type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more.

Why cut back on caffeine

So if coffee has all these health benefits, why cut back?

  • Coffee can increase stress in the body because it increases catecholamines (stress hormones).
  • Too much coffee can lead to overstimulation and anxiety.
  • Some people with a specific variant of they CYP1A2 gene metabolize coffee more slowly than others. This makes coffee's affect more intense and can cause jitters and anxiety even in low doses.
  • Coffee is pretty acidic and can cause or worsen heart burn and other GI issues (it's a natural laxative).
  • Drinking coffee can mess with our Seratonin levels, which are important for our sleep, mood, bowel functions, and energy levels.
  • Coffee can affect estrogen levels in women.

5 healthy and vegan coffee alternatives to kickstart your day

Whether you're trying to reduce anxiety by cutting back on caffeine, or you're simply up for something new, here are 5 healthy vegan coffee alternatives to make at home.

1. Vegan Turmeric Latte

turmeric latte

Whether you're trying to ease off caffeine or satiate that latte craving (without suffering sugar spikes and dairy bloat), this turmeric latte recipe is the perfect dairy-free beverage. Kick start your morning or cap off an evening with this naturally anti-inflammatory beverage (thank you turmeric!).

2. Healthy Vegan Hot Cocoa

vegan hot cocoa

This vegan hot cocoa recipe is thick, rich, and creamy -- with no refined sugar!

3. Dandelion Root Tea Latte

With a similar color and strong taste like coffee, dandelion root tea is a herbal healthy alternative to your morning cup. It's especially beneficial for liver support and female hormonal balance. This gluten-free blend has extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root, and sugar beet.

To make a dandelion root tea latte, mix:

1 cup hot water

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 TBSP dandy blend or other dandelion root tea

1/2-1 tsp of date syrup or other whole food plant-based sweetener of choice

Pour heated mixture in your favorite mug and use an immersion blender to foam. Alternatively you can foam the almond milk before you combine.

4. Matcha latte

green tea latte

 

Matcha is a wellness trend worth the hype. It is powdered green tea - whole leaves of tea milled into fine powder. Like green tea, it's super high in antioxidants and while it does still have caffeine, it's a gentler caffeinated beverage than coffee.

We love this vegan matcha latte recipe from Minimalist Baker because it's just 4 ingredients. She calls for homemade macadamia milk, which sounds delicious but if you're looking for something a little easier, really any non-dairy milk will do.

5. Warm lemon water

lemon water

Keep things simple. If drinking coffee is about "waking up" for you, swap out your cup of Joe for warm lemon water once in a while. The antioxidants in the lemons can give you a nice energy boost, plus this immunity-boosting and hydrating drink is great for your digestion, your skin, and weight management.

Bonus: try a vegan smoothie instead!

vegan smoothie

While we love cozying up early in the morning with a warm cup, sometimes you want something cold to sip on. If iced coffee was your go-to and you're looking to expand your morning beverage horizons, try a healthy vegan smoothie instead. You still get the satisfying "ritual" of making your smoothie and there are endless combos to try.

Here are 3 easy vegan smoothie recipes:

1. Creamy Vegan Green Smoothie

2. Dairy-Free Mango Summer Smoothie

3. Antioxidant Blueberry Smoothie

Or get all your smoothie ingredients delivered!

Grab our MamaSezz Breakfast Smoothie. It’s rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. And antioxidants! It’s completely plant-based and ready to blend — just add your favorite liquid and you’re good to go.

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Key Takeaways

  • Coffee can be a healthy part of your plant-based diet. It's got lots of B vitamins, antioxidants, and may even reduce risk for certain diseases, including cancer.
  • Too much caffeine can increase stress hormones and anxiety, trigger GI issues, mess with Seratonin levels and mood, and affect female hormones. 
  • There are plenty of healthy vegan coffee alternatives. Try vegan turmeric lattes, healthy hot chocolate, dandelion root tea, matcha, or warm lemon water.
  • Smoothies are also a great way to kickstart the day

 

By Ali Brown

Ali is a mom, wife, and nutrition and lifestyle writer and editor. She has her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

 

 

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