Yerba Mate & Coffee Alternatives

One of the nicest things about wintertime, is waking up to a hot cup of Joe in the morning. For many of us, it’s the only thing that gets us out of bed!

Though one to two cups a day is alright for most folks, some of us can tend to overdo it on our caffeine consumption. That’s when you might experience headaches, tremor…s, palpitations, and insomnia. If you’re trying to wean yourself off caffeine, or at least cut down, here’s some suggestions for alternatives :

•Blended powders of barley, rye, chicory, beet root, and dandelion root are tasty and nutritious, without any caffeine.
•Herbal Teas – almost always caffeine-free. The variety of these is endless!
•Green Tea, including Matcha – lower in caffeine than coffee, and full of antioxidants
•Black Tea – from the same plant as Green Tea, it also provides healthful antioxidants and is lower in caffeine than coffee
•Yerba Mate – from South America, this herbal beverage has about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as coffee. It’s drunk traditionally from a gourd (similar to the one shown in the picture) made from the hollowed fruit of the calabash vine, and sipped through a silver straw.

For those who simply can’t resist the delectable flavor and aroma of coffee, there’s always decaf!

Let’s have a little poll: Are you a die-hard coffee drinker, or more of a tea-totaller?

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