I love coffee. I love energy, and I love productivity. That is the long, and the short of it, really. But, more recently I've found myself gravitating toward tea. Why? I have no idea. Blame it on three years straight of espresso on my fragile tummy, or my need to work from home sometimes, but either way it seems that my every day cup of joe has been for the time replaced. The good news is: giving up coffee doesn't mean giving up my morning burst of energy and productivity-- in fact, research suggests that tea is actually more beneficial as a whole.
BUT WHY, WHY TEA?
The National Institutes of Health reports that Tea naturally contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which, at certain doses, has been shown to improve cognitive clarity and have a relaxing effect on the brain without grogginess. Plus tea is packed full of antioxidants, which protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
Some other benefits to swapping out coffee for tea are: decreased inflammation (polyphenols in tea help fight inflammation), hydration (tea is comprised mostly of H20), improved insulin sensitivity and has been proven to help decrease stress levels!
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a good cup of coffee here and there, but I am also glad to share that I've found a couple teas that pack the same caffeine punch (if not more) than your average espresso. PROTIP: I usually drink half in the morning and half in the evening for sustained energy.
GUAYAKI YERBA MATE (UNSWEETENED)
-- 16floz --
Real talk: while I have my moments, I'm not usually tryna put a ton of sugar and carbs into my body while drinking tea. So, in light of that I would have to say that GUAYAKI's Yerba Mate is my go-to morning tea. They have a couple different unsweetened flavors, but my personal favorite is the Hibiscus Lime. protip: I usually drink 1/2 in the moring and half in the evening for sustained energy.
& HoNEST TEA (Assam Black Tea)
-- 16floz --
This black tea, or breakfast tea, by HONEST TEA is for when I am looking for something with a little sweetness to it. The flavor is amazing,and is sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic maple syrup.
When it comes to kickstarting your day you might consider that two shots of espresso weigh in at 69mg of caffeine vs the 100+ of these teas. With the added cognitive and digestive health benefits of tea why not spice up your morning and give these bad boys a shot?