World over, people begin their day with a refreshing beverage like coffee or tea. The caffeine boost in the morning banishes grogginess, revs up your brain and gets your limbs working. But it also has a dark side. It can be addictive and gives you a false feeling of energy. It has also been liked to high BP, cardiovascular problems, weight gain, mineral deficiency, low energy and anxiety disorders. If it is a morning boost that you want, here are four drinks that are much healthier than coffee or tea.
Banana smoothie: Bananas are replete in sugars such as glucose and fructose, which can energise you in the morning. If preparing a smoothie is too tedious, you can eat the whole fruit instead.
Apple smoothie: Like the banana, a high content of natural sugars like fructose in the apple can be a better pick-me-up than coffee in the morning.
Coconut water: A wholesome beverage, coconut water i s a hydrating drink full of electrolytes. Let alone coffee, the drink also surpasses most sports drinks when it comes to energy.
Probiotics: Send your greetings to the good bacteria in your gut with a generous swig of probiotics. A yoghurt-based drink, blended with some berries or a glass of kombucha can get the job done.
Water: Your body is dehydrated in the morning after the 8-hour sleep. Be good to yourself and have a bottle of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.