Healthy Coffee Alternatives

Many of us start our day with a cup of joe, but the brown stuff can be highly addictive and in some cases detrimental to your health. If you’re looking to make a switch then these are the healthy coffee alternatives you’ll love.

The day just started. What’s your first thought? If a smooth cup of hot coffee is your go-to beverage first thing, relying on it to function is pretty common. Whether you like it straight and black, or milky and foamy, you’re still getting a good hit of caffeine. It’s true that coffee is rich in antioxidants but it also has its downsides. If you suffer from gastritis, hypertension or anxiety and insomnia, coffee is a no go. The addictive nature of coffee can also make you feel fatigued if you aren’t able to find your daily fix. You’re looking for a healthy option, but what are the alternatives?

Dandelion coffee 

If you’re not ready to switch to a herbal tea, dandelion coffee is excellent. You can either buy it or make it yourself. You can pick up dandelion roots between June and August. Simply rinse them and let them dry in the sun. After that, put them in the oven to roast at a low temperature. Once cooled you can grind them, and your homemade dandelion coffee is ready. One spoon per litre of boiling water is enough, just let it rest a few minutes, and it’s ready. It’s a great option if you miss the consistency of coffee, and it also helps to purify your liver and intestine. 

Dandelion Coffee Compound, £6.89, Symingtons at Holland and Barrett

healthy coffee alternatives dandelion coffee

Green Coffee

Green coffee is derived from unroasted, raw coffee beans. This extract is rich in antioxidants but contains less caffeine, which is released more gradually. It doesn’t have the same kick of immediate energy, but it will last for longer. Additionally it has a lower PH, and so is more delicate on your gut. Perfect if the idea of cutting coffee is still too uncomfortable, you can prepare it the same way you would use a teabag. 

Organic Crushed Green Bean Coffee Bags, £6.99, Feel Good

healthy coffee alternatives maca powder


Also known as Peruvian ginseng, it’s a perfect natural substitute for coffee. Maca powder can be added to your morning smoothie, saving you the time of making a cup of it too. The flavour is lovely, and it helps to energise you while releasing tension at the same time. Avoiding a mug of coffee when you’re feeling anxious is a smart choice, especially when the alternative is this delicious. 

Maca Powder, £4, Naturya


Yerba Mate

Not for the faint of heart! Mate is really potent, so we suggest that you eat your breakfast first. It’s perfect for recharging, and is as easy to make as a herbal tea. If you’re having a hard time concentrating and need a boost of energy then this is a good one to try. After meals, it also aids digestion. This substitute for caffeine also comes in 100% natural energy drinks: Virtue made the perfect option for hot summer afternoons. 

Strawberry & Lime Yerba Mate, £1.60, Virtue 


Comforting cacao powder, especially if raw, maintains all of its uplifting properties. You can use it for making a caffeine-free cappuccino, or a homemade chocolate beverage. Our trick for an extra boost of energy? Add some ginger powder. This spicy note will make it the perfect combination to start the day with a zing.

Organic Raw Cacao Powder, £2.40, Wholefoods

healthy coffee alternatives cacao powder

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