I'm in the one percent of the population that doesn't like coffee. I know, I know. Believe it or not, some people just can't stand the taste of it. But that doesn't mean non-coffee drinkers have to live in a constant state of sleepiness. We just have to get our caffeine fix from other types of drinks, like tea or smoothies.
To make your life easier, here is a list of some of the best non-coffee wake-up drinks that will give you energy to start the day and get you caffeinated in a way that pleases your tastebuds.
Kombucha is one of the newer drinks to hit scene. But since its arrival, it has taken off. Known for its many health benefits, this black tea and sugar concoction will be sure to give you the energy you need to start your day.
Another drink that is sure to shake you from your sleepy state is chai. This Indian-based tea has the perfect balance of black tea to give you your much needed caffeine and a well-crafted blend of spices to awaken your senses. A few sips of chai, and you'll be ready to go.
3. Green Smoothies
This delicious green drink will be sure to wash your morning blues away. Full of healthy ingredients, this smoothie will help you prepare to take on the day. If you're worried about making such a healthy drink taste good, here's an awesome recipe that'll tell you how to create a nutritious and delicious green smoothie.
4. Lemon Water
Stepping away from teas for a minute, another effective wake-up drink is lemon water. This easy-to-make drink, in addition to having a bunch of health benefits, also helps hydrate your body after a long night's sleep. To ensure you feel your best all day, drink a refreshing glass of lemon water to start your day off right.
5. Green Tea
One of the most popular teas around, green tea is the perfect beverage to wake you up. With just a splash of caffeine to awaken your body and clear your mind, this drink is the perfect way to jump-start your morning. It doesn't hurt that it's chock-full of nutritional benefits, as well as being extremely delicious.
6. Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate is a South African tea that's almost as popular as green tea. This drink will caffeinate you up without giving you the coffee jitters. In addition to waking you up, it will also greatly improve your overall health.
7. Hot Chocolate
As the days begin to get cooler, all you want to do is stay in bed. The next best thing is a warm beverage. With coffee off the table, hot chocolate is the perfect substitute. Warm and soothing, it'll be sure to start your morning off right and prepare you for the day ahead. You can even sip on the hot chocolate they made in The Polar Express.
We may not all have been lucky enough to inherit the coffee-loving gene, but even us non-coffee drinkers still have drink options that will help us to wake up and take on the day. In fact, these drinks are so good, they make early morning wake-ups almost worth it.