A few of us here at the studio are cutting down on our coffee intake. As you fellow coffee lovers will know, it’s not easy to do! We love our morning coffees and have come to rely on them too.

Here’s the thing: coffee is hard on the adrenals. With every cup, it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. This is a great built-in mechanism for fight-or-flight responses, but our adrenals become stressed when they’re activated every day simply due to coffee intake.

The adrenals are an important part of our immune system, so if they are taxed, we are less able to fight off cold and flu bugs, especially in the winter! Over time this can also cause inflammation and other issues we simply don’t need.

So here’s the plan – not to say goodbye to coffee forever, but simply cut down by introducing stimulating and delicious alternatives into our routine. Here are some ideas…

Spicy Chai Tea or Latte

Did you know that chai tea can be just as delicious without the black tea? It can be made with rooibos tea, or without any tea at all. There are tons of awesome recipes out there for making your own chai tea, or you can buy a tea blend or concentrate. We love to add in some Pau d’Arco for its anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a home-made chai recipe to try out. We love to make a big batch of the tea concentrate and keep it in jars in the fridge for chai on-demand.

  • 2 tablespoons dried Pau D’Arco
  • 1/4 cup cardamom seeds
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 cup grated ginger
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds

Grind the spices in a grinder or blender, or with a mortar and pestle, not too fine. Place in a pot with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 2 hours. Strain. Serve at a 1:1 ratio with your choice of milk or milk alternative, or simply hot water. Add honey to taste.

Ginger Tea or Latte

If you have the luxury of a juicer, juice down your ginger to create a strong concentrate. Then you can add this to hot water, or heated milk for a ginger-latte, and of course a little honey. Alternatively, ginger can be grated on the smallest size on your grater, and then added to hot water for a ginger tea. Honey and lemon are a fantastic addition.

Maca Root 

Maca root, aka. Peruvian ginseng, is a fantastic coffee substitute. This magical adaptogen stimulates energy while decreasing stress, and its also full of minerals! There are various Maca blends out there. Check out Organic Traditions Maccacino or straight up Maca Powder from Harmonic Arts.

Roasted Roots & Grains

There are many delicious options out there for “coffee substitutes”. Instead of thinking of them as replacing the irreplaceable, these bevvies deserve to be appreciated in their own right.

Dandelion Root – Try Dandy Blend, Teeccino or straight up Dandelion Root Tea.

Roasted Blends – There are lots of great blends out there that combine flavours like roasted chicory, figs, rye, malted barley and acorns. Try Bambu, Cafix or Pero.

With all of these options you’re bound to find something that you love. Here’s to happier adrenals, stronger immune systems, fewer jitters, and maybe even more energy for Pilates!