Hate The Taste of Coffee? Try These Alternatives To Boost Your Energy

March 16, 2016  |  
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Starbucks may literally be everywhere, but not everyone is a fan of a coffee buzz. Even with milk, sugar, and mocha, the bitter taste of coffee is just not everyone’s cup of…tea. But that doesn’t mean those same individuals don’t need a boost of energy every now and again. Work is long. Mondays are hard, and everyone suffers from an afternoon slump whether they flock around the office’s communal coffee pot or not.

Luckily, you’ve got more options than a piping hot cup of coffee, a walk in the sun and a nap at your desk. These energy-boosting alternatives to coffee will give you an all-day energy boost without the taste or the jitters of a cup of Joe. From vitamin boosts to dark chocolate snacks, whatever your tastes are, we’ve got you covered. Try one or more of these alternatives and you’ll have enough energy to make it through that last afternoon meeting, all the way to bedtime.

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Apples

Did you know that a single apple has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee?

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Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is relatively low in calories and high in caffeine. A few squares of a chocolate bar with around 70 percent cacao after lunch can keep you from the dangers of an afternoon energy slump.

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A Nutty Smoothie

Stop by your local smoothie spot instead of Starbucks for a protein boost. Nuts (like an almond butter) give you long-lasting energy. Need extra motivation? Get an energy shot to kick things up a notch.

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Black Tea

Iced tea is a popular dinner drink, but did you know that it has 1/3 of the caffeine of a cup of coffee? Fill your work thermos with your favorite flavor and you can keep your energy levels up all day.

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Caffeinated Gum

For gum and energy lovers, caffeinated gum is the perfect solution for all-day chewing and an all-day buzz.

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Energy Water

Energy water usually features guarana, a natural source of caffeine with none of the unpleasant coffee taste.

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Excedrin

Not that we recommend nursing a Monday morning hangover at work, but if you are, two Excedrin migraine tablets have just about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, and they’ll cure that headache too!

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Vitamin B12

You’ll find this supplement listed on almost every energy drink on the market. Not only does it give you energy during the day, but it also helps you produce melatonin that helps you get to sleep at night.

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Ginkgo Biloba

There’s a reason it’s been used for thousands of years. Not only does Ginkgo Biloba give you energy, it boosts creativity and concentration, making it perfect for a long day at work. And it’s available in tea and supplement form for enjoying on the go.

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Peppermint Tea

Just the smell of peppermint is enough to perk you up any time of day. And it has a calming effect on your stomach in case your lunchtime street meat treat doesn’t agree with your belly.

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Prune Juice

It’s an old-school drink with a lot of new-school energy. Prune juice helps regulate your electrolyte levels to give you increased stamina without caffeine. If your taste buds are too modern for the flavor, try mixing it with juice.

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Ginseng

Like coffee, it has a stimulating effect. But more than coffee, ginseng is associated with reducing depression and stress. And if you don’t love the taste of ginseng tea, this herb is also available in supplement form.

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A Shot Of Wheatgrass

If you’re willing to pucker up and take a chance on getting used to the taste, a wheatgrass shot in the morning is a popular natural energy supplement. Just can’t take the taste? Add the shot to your morning smoothie.

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Black Licorice

People usually either hate or love black licorice. If you fall in with the latter, snacking on this treat can give you all-day energy without a caffeine buzz.

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