No worries, I've got a whole list of healthy alternatives to coffee here for you!
(Scroll down if you just want the list.)
Coffee elicits passionate responses in people like few other topics. If you've given it up, maybe due to health reasons, then you can probably list some reasons coffee isn't good for us and you'll want to check out the healthy alternatives to coffee below — they could make it easier for you to give it up if needed! If you have no health issues, you enjoy the taste and aroma, and plan to continue your cup-a-day habit, oh… like myself perhaps, then instead you probably want to focus on the health benefits of coffee and how coffee is a traditional beverage, after all. (Just for the record, I'm not talking about those nasty $4 cups of coffee loaded with sugar, or fake sugar, and fake creamers, those are baaaaad.)
First, here are a few of my favorite coffee memes…
No matter where you're at with all of this, you may want to think about healthy alternatives to coffee if you plan to give it up, OR if you plan to continue drinking coffee, there still may be times when you'd like to enjoy another hot beverage now and then.
The following is a reader question I received a while back…
Hi Kelly –
I am getting ready to tackle the Eat Fat Lose Fat diet, and am slowly integrating changes. However, I remember reading from you that Sally Fallon recommended a herbal replacement for drinking coffee. I am not a coffee drinker, but more of a tea drinker, with caffeine, black English or Irish Breakfast are my favorites! I would like to cut out caffeine to control the adrenal cycles. Seems to me you said that the replacement herbal drink is something you can drink hot and is also an energy booster. When I went to Whole Foods the other day, the only suggestions they had for herbal replacements for coffee had caffeine, ugh.
I remembered you joking about your coffee and saying, “Don’t tell Sally Fallon”. Can you tell me what is a good coffee replacement she recommends?
Paula in Omaha, NE
Healthy Alternatives to Coffee:
- The short answer as to what Sally Fallon once recommended I drink instead of coffee is, “Dandy Blend“, and it happens to be my favorite and pretty good when it comes to healthy alternatives to coffee, because it really does somewhat resemble coffee in flavor and aroma. I mostly drink this on those afternoons when I feel like a hot beverage, but I've already had enough coffee that day. If I drink it right after a cup of coffee, then it doesn't taste so good to me, but if I drink it later on its own, then I love it. It's actually good for you with antioxidants and other health benefits, too.
- Here's a good coffee alternative that my friend Jill loves and recommends: Chaga Tea has a mild taste and also has health benefits.
- I also love a good hot (or cold) cup of tea now and then — find good ones here.
- Teeccino has been recommended by a lot of people as another in the list of healthy alternatives to coffee, and some have gone totally off of coffee with it, but this one didn't do it for me.
- A friend suggested I try Raja's Cup (“authentic ayurvedic herbal formula”), and like the Dandy Blend, it has antioxidents, but I like the taste of Dandy Blend much better.
- At a Weston Price conference once, they served Chicory root “coffee”, and I didn't care for it at all; however, it may have just been too strong. If I'd had hot water handy I would've tried diluting it down a bit and then it may have been fine.
- Stanley reminded me in the comments that homemade bone broth is a super delicious and nutritious hot beverage, so nowadays I love to season it well (sea salt and garlic powder), and sip on that!
Do you have any good alternatives to coffee that you recommend? Let us know in the comments!
More you might like:
- Did you read my post about all the nasty plastic or styrofoam ‘chemical cups' that many drink coffee from every day, not to mention the little plastic k-cups used in those Keurig coffee makers? Check out my post: A cup of coffee without the plastic toxins please!