Have you ever noticed that no matter how many cups of coffee you drink, the crash just gets stronger, especially if you’re drinking something sugary? Does this sound like your typical day: it’s mid afternoon and you find yourself grabbing that 4th cup thinking it’ll stop the caffeine crash for hopefully another 2 measly hours or so. Along this vicious cycle, you totally forget to mix in some water or liquids with any nutritious content at all. This dehydration furthers the headaches and the caffeine crashes. Aka adrenal fatigue showing its true colors.
To make matters worse, excessive caffeine causes more problems than just the rollercoaster of mood and energy – leaving you with jittery feelings, restlessness, irritability and even insomnia. *Cue hacking your energy levels by syncing up your hot beverages to the time of the day.* By incorporating various types of energizing liquids into your daily diet, you can start to ween off the 4 or 5 cups of coffee and the various negative side effects that come along with it. It’ll be a nice variety of flavors throughout the day and you will actually start to feel and perform better!
For most of the world, coffee is a crutch and the only saving grace to make it through our days full of energy, or lack thereof. We enjoy our fair share of coffee like the rest of the world but we always try to give our adrenals a little break when we can. Rather than pumping your body with caffeine from endless cups of coffee throughout the day, try pairing these beverages with specific times of the day to hack your energy levels and function at full potential all day long.
Here’s our go-to lineup:
Morning Bulletproof Latte
Make a bulletproof latte in the AM for a burst of energy to get you through your morning. You get all the added benefits of energy boosts without the negative side effects of the ever so inevitable caffeine crash.
Perfect to pair this with intermittent fasting, as it is full of calories from healthy fats that will keep you satiated both physically and mentally.
- 2 tbsp Grass-fed pasteurized unsalted butter or ghee.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1-2 cups Hot Coffee
- 2 tbsp -Brain Octane Oil or MCT oil
- 1 tbsp collagen powder
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy. Try not to over-blend as it can lessen the effects of the collagen. Transfer to a cup and enjoy!
Organic Green Tea Leaf
Our mid-morning, early afternoon pick me up of choice is Green tea. Green Tea should be included in your daily diet for all of its health benefits primarily due to its antioxidant properties that come from its caffeine, polyphenols and Theanine. Green tea compounds can improve brain function due to the properties in L-Theanine, which promotes relaxation and boosts levels of GABA, dopamine and serotonin – creating an anti-anxiety like effect.
Green tea boosts immunity and when drank daily, it helps fight against common bacterial and viral infections. Many studies have also proven that green tea has anticancer properties. It’s rich in polyphenols that help in eliminating free radicals and induce cell death in cancerous cells.
Not only does it have amazing benefits, it also contains some caffeine but at a much lower dose, leaving you with more stable energy compared to coffee.
— When choosing green tea, always try to opt for organic. Loose-leaf tea has more medicinal and stronger taste effects, however it takes longer to steep and prepare.
Late afternoon energizer: Matcha Tea or Latte
Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea but contains even more caffeine and antioxidants. Even more, it has a calming effect on the body. The L-Theanine content allows for healthy brain function and enhances mood and mental clarity. Head over to our recent post for more benefits of matcha tea.
- 1 tsp matcha powder (ceremonial grade)
- 3 tbsp water – heated to about 165 °
Place matcha powder in a small drinkable bowl. Pour in the heated water and stir until completely mixed. Enjoy 🙂
— If you’d like to make a latte, froth up ½ cup almond milk and add to the matcha tea.
Warm Anti-Inflammatory “Night Cap”
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to all that we endure. From injuries to fighting off infections. We are in luck though, certain foods have anti-inflammatory effects. One easy way to incorporate these foods into our daily diet is through various spices. We have concocted an anti-inflammatory cocktail that is perfect for an after-dinner treat or right before bed. This aids in better digestion allowing for a restful sleep.
- Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat infections, colds, wounds, etc. The curcumin in turmeric may reduce inflammation in the body.
- Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are used to treat headaches, upset stomachs and infections
- Cinnamon is packed with polyphenols that can help fight infections and repair tissue damage as well as lowering blood sugar levels
- Coconut oil contains high levels of antioxidants to reduce inflammation and healing autoimmune diseases as well as adds healthy fats to your diet.
- 8 oz almond milk
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp turmeric
- tsp ginger
- Cinnamon to taste (usually a lot)
Put all 5 ingredients into a small saucepan on low, stirring occasionally until heated.
Do you have a daily line-up? Have you given any of these beverages a try? We want to know, leave us a comment 🙂