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These coffee alternatives are perfect if you're trying to limit your caffeine intake

We all have our own coffee rituals, whether you’re brewing a cup at home or buying one on your way to work. But, in a world where we’re focusing on our wellness and making better choices for our bodies, coffee can have long-term side effects. Caffeine consumption can potentially raise your blood pressure, contribute to heightened anxiety and worsen your insomnia. A new year can be a start to trying new wellness trends and adding it to your routine.

Matcha latte

If you’ve not seen this swirly green drink across your Instagram feeds, where have you been? The matcha latte can be enjoyed iced or hot, and it’s derived from speciality processed green tea leaves. Yes, it does contain caffeine, almost as much as a cup of coffee but it gives a continuous energy boost throughout the day. However, it’s definitely an acquired taste. But, regardless of the taste, matcha lattes have still been one of the most popular food trends of the last decade.

Mushroom coffee

Yes, you read that correctly. If you head over to any health food shop, chances are you’ll find a bag of chaga or reishi mushroom coffee. The benefits of said fungus as coffee? Mushrooms are an adaptogen, meaning it can help reduce stress, fatigue and anxiety. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immune system. Again, the taste is something to acquire - but it’s worth a try.

Green tea

A coffee alternative with origins in China, green tea has been touted globally for all its health benefits. Green tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is named one of the healthiest beverages to enjoy in the morning. The high levels of antioxidants in green tea assist in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as possibly lowering high blood pressure. This was the simplest switch-over for me, easy to find and make.

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