If you’re a big breakfast person, you know how important that first meal of the day can be. In fact, you may even find breakfast suitable for all times of the day (which it is, but that’s beside the point).
But if you’ve been going through the motions of the same breakfast routine every day, it may be time to change it up a little bit and switch some parts of your breakfast out. While a cup of black coffee and half a grapefruit or a slice of toast might be what you’re used to, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s what’s good for you.
Here are a few small changes you can make to change up your same old daily breakfast routine.
Try Cutting the Coffee
Take a deep breath, we promise you’ll be okay. Notice we said “try,” right? Believe it or not, your body is scientifically capable of surviving 24 hours without coffee in your bloodstream. Seems pretty crazy, right? But people have done it before.
Try swapping out your trusty old cup of coffee for a different drink that’s lower in caffeine. Why, might you ask, would we ever ask such a thing of you?
Caffeine can actually have a lot of negative effects on your overall health and wellness. Though it tastes delicious and is great for a quick boost of energy in the morning, it is a stimulant that can dehydrate you and cause you to crash a few hours after the initial rush wears off.
Coffee itself can cause inflammation and a lot of digestive and gut health complications. The high level of acidity found in drip coffee can exacerbate the issues of those of us with acid reflux problems.
Even in those of us without any previous digestive issues, coffee causes bloating, gas, and even abdominal cramping. If you notice that you can’t seem to get rid of that gross bloated feeling you get from your coffee, it may be time to find a better solution.
Alternatives to Coffee
Luckily, there are quite a few alternatives out there that can save you from your toxic relationship with coffee. Here are a few things to add to your new breakfast routine.
Cacao, not hot cocoa (sorry but that sugar wasn’t going to help you feel better anyway). The cacao plant offers a bitter, rich flavor similar to coffee, and does contain some caffeine if you’re really missing that caffeine kick. You can simply mix cacao with warm water and drink that, or you can find one of the many new coffee alternatives out there that have this ingredient listed on the labels.
If you are one of those people who need caffeine to stay in your life, you may consider switching to a nice tea instead. Tea has the heat and earthy quality that coffee has with less digestive distress and heart issues. If you eventually decide to transition your way out of caffeine, you can slowly wean yourself off the drug by purchasing different teas with less and less caffeine.
Coffee Alternative Beverage
There are actually a few products out there that are marketing specifically as replacements for coffee. These are crafted with coffee addicts in mind and contain herbs and roots mixed together for a concoction that will entice you away from your old habits.
Give Yourself a Reason to Wake Up Early
Though it can seem daunting to know you’re waking up tomorrow without the comfort of coffee, it can end up being the healthier choice to make for yourself in the long run. Switch up your breakfast routine by switching out your coffee tomorrow morning.