Education, Nutrition
The smell of freshly brewed coffee is enough to get us out of bed in the morning, but sometimes we need another little kick after lunch. Instead of grabbing that second cup of joe when the afternoon slump hits, give one of these 4 alternatives a try! 1. Yerba Mate  First things first, let's give a shout-out to yerba mate, the ancient South American stimulant sourced from a tree in the rain forest. This unique tasting beverage was first popularized by US-based Guayaki, and you can now find it in lots of other teas including Wild Leaf's Charge. According to Guayaki, "Yerba Mate has the 'strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate' all in one beverage." 2. Guayusa Next we have guayusa. Sourced from the Amazonian regions and popularized by Runa, guayusa was something that tribes would consume as a natural source of caffeine while the people of the tribes used this time to slow down and connect with one another. Its leaves are gathered from small trees in the rainforest and then dried and steeped with water to make a hot or cold beverage. Guayusa contains less caffeine per cup than coffee, but more caffeine per cup than green tea or yerba mate. 3. Matcha  Another ancient beverage known for its caffeine content and high antioxidant levels is matcha, which stems from Japan and China. Roughly ten times more potent than regular green tea, the process of grinding the whole leaf into a super fine powder yields a higher concentration of nutrients and a stronger flavor profile.  4. Maca  MacaLast but not least, maca, an antioxidant native to Peru, has been used for centuries for its stimulating and therapeutic effects. Part of a rare group of plants called adaptogens, maca builds resilience and balances the body's delicate endocrine system, supporting natural energy and vitality. It's wonderful consumed alone or with a splash of milk and sugar.   Remember: coffee is not the only way to get a natural boost!   Special thanks to Delicious Living for helping us put this article together.