Sure, mornings are hard. Who wants to get up early, go to work, and focus all day? Nobody! What’s worse is when you’re trying to work while tired. Instead of reaching for that sugary energy drink that drives you to crash, try some of these healthier alternatives.
Coffee and Tea
If you can stomach it, plain black coffee and tea are healthy sources of caffeine. Not only do they have lower sugar contents than all energy drinks, but they also have a healthy amount of caffeine that (most likely) is not going to leave you a nervous, anxious mess. If you’re more of a java person, rejoice–coffee is full of healthy antioxidants while also being calorie-free. If you prefer tea, you also get a full serving of antioxidants with a lower caffeine level to boot. Tea also can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke, according to scientists and experts.
Taking your tea and coffee black is the preferred way to drink them if you’re watching your calories. If you’re a little bit more relaxed about counting calories, try asking for sugar-free sweetener or a sugar-free flavor in your coffee or honey in your tea. These are both healthy sources of sweetness that won’t leave you in a sugar coma! If you prefer milk in your coffee or tea, try a bit of skim milk (and stay away from the heavy half-and-half). Skim milk is low on calories, but still delivers the same cooling effect.
Hiball Sparkling Energy Water
Customers have always known the Hiball brand for their fizzy energy drinks, but did you know their sparkling water energy drinks have zero grams of sugar? With zero calories, one gram of carbs, and no sugar, this is a guilt-free pick-me-up to get you through the end of the day. However, the 160 grams of caffeine in this drink might cause shakiness and nerves in even the most seasoned of caffeine veterans.
This concoction is more like a conventional energy drink than anything else on this list. While it’s got similar ingredients like Guarana seed extract, it’s also got a few premium ingredients. The ginger in the Celsius line of drinks helps burn fat, making for an all-around healthy drink that might leave you feeling refreshed and lighter.
Did you know? V8 sells more than tomato juice! Their new energy drinks contain 80 milligrams of caffeine, about as much as a cup of coffee. In addition to the boost the caffeine can give you, the juice also includes a full serving of fruits and veggies. In case you needed more of a reason to buy a pack for your fridge, they’re less than a dollar per drink when you buy a 24-pack. They also come in a range of flavors, for anyone looking to get more taste than your generic coffee or tea flavors. Some of the options include Orange Pineapple or Peach Mango, with a few diet options available for anyone counting calories.
Marketed as a “workout drink,” this energy drink packs a knockout punch with 300 milligrams of caffeine per can. The caffeine limit for an average adult is 400 milligrams per day, allowing you to chug down 75% of your overall allowance within minutes. With zero grams of sugar and zero calories, that caffeine content almost can’t be beaten. However, if you’re avoiding sugar substitutes, avoid Bang drinks, too. Despite claiming to be zero calories, Bang packs a lot of sucrose, a sugar substitute, into their drink. While this is not going to add any calories, it sure isn’t ideal for your health.
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