Kick Your Caffeine Habit With These 4 Coffee Alternatives During Ramadan

With an increasing number of daily coffee drinkers each year, it’s safe to say Malaysian sure love coffee. And if you’re one of those individuals that’s trying to cut down on your caffeine intake but can’t sacrifice the energy boost, it can be hard to put that cup down. 

But instead of trying to cut out coffee completely, you might want to consider some coffee alternatives that will still wake you up—especially during this tiring, fasting time. 

1. Matcha Tea 

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Matcha contains caffeine along with L-theanine, an amino acid that relaxes the mind without drowsiness. Recent studies also suggest L-theanine might work with caffeine to produce positive effects on cognition and mood. 

This might explain why many people report that the energy they get from green tea is a more relaxed energy that doesn’t create a jittery feeling. The entire leaf of the matcha tea plant is ground up for the tea, you’re able to get a small dose of fiber to start your day.

2. Green Tea

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Green tea is minimally processed and has the greatest health benefits of all available teas. Multiple studies have shown that people who drink green tea are much less likely to get bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers. 

In addition, research indicates that green tea helps reduce type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The caffeine in green tea helps to improve mental acuity as well as [increased] metabolism.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar can serve as an energy boost and be your replacement for coffee in the mornings. “This is a non-caffeinated drink made from fermented apples, and includes a compound called acetic acid. 

Though, apple cider vinegar can give you energy and provide other health benefits, we suggest always taking it with a swig of water, as the acidity from the apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth if taken directly.

4. Kombucha

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Kombucha isn’t just a fun trend that’s been picking up everywhere, it’s also another potential coffee replacement for those trying to cut down. Kombucha uses tea as its fermentation medium, so drinkers get the benefits of L-theanine working along with the caffeine to create a more even energy without jitters. 

5. Smoothies

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There are a lot of natural ingredients that can boost your energy in place of coffee, so it makes sense to combine those in a smoothie to have at the beginning of your day. Adding a protein, such as yogurt, will help fill you up. Smoothies are a great start to the day with carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants and protein.