6 Healthy and Energizing Drinks That Aren’t Coffee

Coffee has a lot going for it as a healthy drink: It’s high in antioxidants, gives you an energy jolt, and makes a super summer refresher when it’s cold brewed. Plus, regular coffee drinkers appear to have a lower risk of diabetes and some cancers.

But coffee’s downsides send many people searching for a coffee alternative. Coffee can cause an upset stomach, interrupted sleep, and overwhelming anxiousness—not to mention load you up with excess calories if you sip a sugary coffee drink.

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If you’re looking for a coffee alternative that offers all the good stuff java delivers without the negative effects, check out our expert-backed list of healthy sips below.

Matcha green tea

A cup of matcha tea is regular green tea—but with the actual tea leaves (which are usually discarded) ground down into a powder and added to the hot water. The presence of the leaves boosts the caffeine level to about the same as a cup of coffee. “But instead of a jittery stimulation with a sudden subsequent energy slump when the caffeine wears off, matcha provides a more calming sense thanks to the amino acid L-theanine,” Ilana Muhlstein, RD, tells Health. Additionally, the powder is high in antioxidants, especially one subtype called polyphenols.

Wheatgrass juice

“Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids,” nutritionist and author Maggie Moon tells Health. In place of caffeine, these natural ingredients can give you a similar surge in energy. “Moreover, preliminary studies suggest that wheatgrass may also have a role in providing benefits for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, obesity, and oxidative stress” Appetite for Health co-founder Julie Upton, RD, explains to Health.

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Ginseng tea

Coffee can help you focus, which is exactly what the ingredients in ginseng tea appear to do as well. “There is emerging evidence that panax ginseng [one type of the ginseng plant], though not in tea form, can improve mental performance in abstract thinking, reaction times, and mental math,” says Moon. “It may also reduce the risk of getting a cold or flu. Coffee lovers may be attracted to its naturally bitter flavor.”

Pomegranate juice

The rich red color of the pomegranate fruit is a tip-off that it is packed with antioxidants, which can help power your energy level. “Pomegranate juice is known for its antioxidant potency, and its polyphenols are being studied for muscle strength recovery, cognition, and more,” says Moon. She suggests adding it to sparkling water for an afternoon fuel source.

Yerba mate tea

The popular South American tea beverage is made from the native mate plant. “Like coffee, yerba mate contains caffeine, and there is some evidence that [it] may help lower LDL cholesterol, control blood sugar for people with diabetes, and help with weight loss,” Appetite for Health co-founder Katherine Booking, RD, tells Health. 

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Water

There’s no better way to fight energy-zapping dehydration than with a cool glass of agua. (And with summer right around the corner, dehydration season is upon us.) “If you’re dehydrated, water can boost cognitive and gastrointestinal function along with physical performance,” Booking says. “So before going for coffee, drink a few glasses of water—this may help you feel more energized.” 

White Wine Slushies Are Going to Be Everywhere This Summer

Temperatures are climbing, and so is our thirst for a cool summer drink. What’s more fun than a spiked childhood favorite? Thanks to these food and beverage bloggers, we’ve rounded up a few of the most popular white wine slushie recipies on Pinterest. They’re fruity, boozy, and bound to be your new favorite  sip this summer.

Strawberry White Wine Slushie

Remember those strawberry lemonade slushie cups we devoured as kids? See this adult iteration of them from The Suburban Mom.

Peach Wine Slushies

After a sweaty day, you’ll feel just peachy devouring this slushie from Just a Taste.

Strawberry Peach White Wine Slushie

The pretty color combination screams summer, but the intense flavor of strawberry and peach is our favorite part of this slushie recipe from The Happy Housie.

Watermelon Lime Slushie

Put the watermelon-eating contest in a glass with this watermelon and lime slushie from Cook the Story.

Pineapple White Wine Slushie

This tropical recipe from The Salty Marshmallow is like taking a trip to Hawaii without ever leaving your backyard.

Raspberry Lime White Wine Slushie

You’ll be berry excited to try this refreshing recipe from Happy Mothering.

Summer Fruit Wine Slush

Get your serving of fruit (and Moscato!) with this summery wine slush from Modernly Morgan.

Are you drooling as much as we are right now? All it takes is some summer fruit, a bottle of wine, and a blender—and maybe a beach, pool, or breezy backyard to get your sip on.

Here’s the Recipe for Ginger Berry Crumble Meghan Markle Shared With Us

Just like you, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the important details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials—what will be one of the most-watched events across the globe this year—for the last few weeks, which will finally take place this Saturday, May 19.

And to celebrate, we’re dusting off a 2014 post that contains a rich little nugget for all foodies who are a fan of the bride-to-be: one of Meghan Markle’s favorite recipes, and one she developed herself.

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Back before global news wires rushed to cover Markle’s every move, the actress was living in Toronto and starring as Rachel Zane on the television series Suits. Acting wasn’t Markle’s only passion, however—she first started her career by working within the U. S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, participating in global USO tours to thank troops, and with UN Women to bring awareness to social issues across the globe.

And when she wasn’t doing all of that, Markle had a passion for, you guessed it, cooking. Before she ever dreamed of joining the storied House of Windsor, Markle had launched a lifestyle website of her own called “The Tig,” which she shut down in April 2017, shortly after headlines about a budding relationship with Prince Harry were confirmed.

Markle shared her love for cooking—and baking in particular—with Cooking Light just after she launched The Tig, which served as an outlet for her forays into cuisine and experiments in her tiny kitchen in Toronto.

“I love baking that lets you play and experiment, the less precise stuff is right up my alley,” she told us. “That’s how I came up with The TIG Ginger Berry Crumble—it has a relatively healthy bent and a great kick of fresh ginger.”

Markle’s Ginger Berry Crumble is healthier than many sugary-sweet baked treats. Her recipe swaps sugar for natural maple syrup and involves a good amount of heart-healthy flax seeds.

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While you’re unable to peruse the recipes and posts about Markle’s adventures in the kitchen anymore, there are a few tricks up our sleeves (ahem, Wayback Machine) to explore The Tig’s archived web pages.

The recipe is a deliciously sweet option for any royal wedding party you’re planning to throw on Saturday morning, and it’s probably one of the only recipes you’ll find that truly captures the spirit of the bride-to-be.

Ginger Berry Crumble

Active Time: 10 Mins, Total Time: 50 mins, Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: one slice).

Ingredients Needed for the crumble’s filling:

2 cups blueberries
2 cups blackberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Ingredients needed for the crumble’s topping:

2 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
5 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 tablespoons almond flour (or regular flour)
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 tablespoons coconut oil (cold-pressed and at room temperature)
1 teaspoon flax seeds (optional)

How to Make It:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Rinse all berries and place in a baking dish. Add vanilla, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, and toss well.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, start mixing oats, almond flour, walnuts, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and flax seeds. Mix well before adding maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix until combined.

Step 3: Pour the crumble mixture evenly over baking dish containing berries. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the fruit juices are bubbling around the edges and lightly browned.

If you follow Markle’s recipe exactly, each serving of her crumble won’t cost you many calories—just 280. But the ample amount of coconut oil—which was considered an healthier swap at the time—means that each serving is also loaded with 8g of saturated fat and just 1.2g of unsaturated fat.

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Given that Markle developed the recipe back in 2014, we’re not surprised that she leaned so heavily on coconut oil—but if you swap coconut oil for canola oil, which won’t affect taste whatsoever, this better-for-you dessert is something to cheer about: a manageable 290 calories with just 1g of saturated fat and a better 6g of unsaturated fats.