Coffee alternatives to banish your mid-afternoon slump
August 15, 2021
joke about 3.30-itis, but that doesn’t make the period any less significant or
real. We’ve all felt the effects a few hours post-lunch: the yawns set in. Our
eyes start to droop; eyelids close without any instruction. Welcome to the
too-often unproductive hours of the mid-afternoon.
many of us reach for another mug of coffee to reinvigorate for the remainder of
the day. We turn to caffeine to boost our concentration levels and motivate us
once again. Information varies on the subject, but most health experts
recommend pausing the coffee intake by around 2 pm or 3 pm to prevent any sleep
disturbances. Besides that, the hard-hitting caffeine (not to mention the extra
milk) can cause jitters, a racing heart, stomach troubles or headaches. So here
are some reviving alternatives to have in your arsenal instead.
Try a colourful coffee alternative
Milk is a delicious and healthy combination of anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and a milk base (ideally nut or oat) promise
to lift the soul and keep you going for longer. So grab a mug, purchase a
pre-made mix or, even better, create your own to heat over the stovetop. Add
your milk of choice and a little coconut oil, then sip the afternoon away –
is another vibrant option, reflecting a deep green hue. Matcha itself is higher
in caffeine than regular green tea but generally contains less than a cup of
coffee. The powder derives from the whole leaf of Camellia sinensis, so it offers a concentrated dose of
antioxidants, along with a much-needed mind revival. Many recommend this as an
excellent alternative to a second coffee as matcha contains L-theanine – an
amino acid that relaxes the mind without causing drowsiness. Receive a burst of
energy without the uncomfortable jitters.
Turn to tea
might not have the “cool kid” attitude of coffee, but there are myriad benefits
to reap with so many options available.
tea is a wonderful caffeine-free option for those steering clear of caffeine
altogether. Reportedly, it supports brain oxygen concentration to increase
alertness. It also assists in soothing any head- or stomachache symptoms. Go
for loose-leaf, bags, or simply pick a few leaves from the garden and steep in
hot water for a beautifully fresh brew.
the other hand, chai does contain caffeine, however, in much lower quantities
than coffee. The aromatic mix of spices will help energise, increase mental
alertness and also support blood sugar levels. Similarly, green tea contains
caffeine but comes with great health and mind-boosting benefits. Research
states that consuming the beverage regularly helps reduce the risk of Type 2
diabetes and heart disease and the likelihood of certain cancers.
Indulge in herbal coffee
the flavourful benefits of coffee without the ensuing tremors and insomnia.
Herbal coffee, otherwise known as chicory coffee, is made from chicory root and
other natural ingredients. The beverage can be brewed just like regular coffee,
whether in a press or espresso machine and many claim it tastes astonishingly
coffee is the new kid on the block and promises to offer a cleaner,
long-lasting energy source. Typically, a mug of mushroom coffee contains half
the caffeine, suitable for morning and afternoon consumption. With Chaga, Lions
Mane, or Cordyceps mushrooms, the drink boosts brain function, improves focus
and assists memory function. Consume like coffee, add to a smoothie, or stir in water.
If you’re after something you can munch on
we need more than a beverage to keep us going. Sugar-laden treats only lead to
short bursts of energy (followed by even greater slumps), so opt for an
enduring option instead.
handful of nuts will keep you feeling full and energised due to their
nutrient-dense nature. If you’re after something sweeter, berries are a great
source of healthy energy. They will pick you up and satisfy afternoon cravings.
Similarly, apples offer a natural boost of slow-releasing sugars, avoiding the
rollercoaster of alert peaks and weary troughs. Protein balls are a great mix
of natural sugars and nuts – all it takes are a few mouthfuls for the stamina
to pick back up.
slumps are a thing of the past with these coffee substitutes. Perk up, and rest
well at night too.
Hannah Cole is a freelance writer and digital marketer based on the NSW South Coast. With interest in fashion, sustainability, health and beauty, Hannah has produced content for a wide range of clients and publications. In her spare time, she likes to reset in the kitchen with nourishing meals and unashamedly catch up on reality TV with her rescue greyhound.