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Healthy drinks to help you start your day

Leave the coffee pot behind and try these beverages for a morning boost

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CLAUDIA TAN on 09 Jul 2018

The New Paper

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Mornings can be tough, especially when the only thing you have to look forward to is another long day at work.

 

Other than a wholesome breakfast, an energy-boosting drink is also great to lift your spirits and help you stay awake.

 

Here are healthy drinks other than coffee to help you get through your workday.

 

KOMBUCHA

 

Kombucha is a fermented drink brewed with tea, sugar and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (also known as Scoby).

 

It contains organic acids, vitamins, amino acids and probiotics. Not only does it improve your immune system by supporting a healthy gut, the vitamin B in it will also give you an energy boost - perfect for lethargic mornings. Its fizziness makes it a great substitute for those who love sodas.

 

CHAI

 

This rich and creamy blend is made from black tea, milk and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. It is not only great to start your mornings with but is also a perfect pick-me-up to snap out of your afternoon slump.

 

The caffeine from the black tea will give you a boost while the spices are sure to give you a jolt of energy to stay awake. Plus, chai has a creamy texture that is similar to that of white coffee.

 

LEMON WATER

 

This is an inexpensive and fuss-free option that works well. The antioxidants in lemon water can improve your complexion - allowing you to look and feel more rejuvenated without the caffeine crash.

 

It also contains pectin, a type of starch commonly found in fruits and vegetables, to keep you full for longer so you will not be reaching for snacks before lunchtime.

 

POMEGRANATE JUICE

 

Unlike other fruit juices, pomegranate juice will not cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. According to a study published in international journal Nutrition Research, there was no significant increase in the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients who drank pomegranate juice over two weeks.

 

This makes the sweet and tangy juice perfect for your mornings as it will not leave you craving more sugary stuff or feeling sluggish by afternoon.

 

Bonus: The high antioxidant levels mean it is also good for your complexion.

 

SPARKLING WATER

 

Carbonated water is a great way to jazz up regular still water.

 

Add a spritz of lemon or lime for more flavour. Slices of orange and cucumber or mint leaves are also great additions to your fizzy water.

 

Staying hydrated keeps your energy levels high - you will feel less sleepy and more alert. It is also fun to play around with the different ingredients you can add to your water.

 

SMOOTHIE

 

This can be a quick fix for your morning drink. For instance, a smoothie with half an avocado is filled with healthy fats, fibre and protein. The rich and creamy avocado smoothie is satisfying and will keep you energised for the morning.

 

Dairy-free green smoothies made from fresh fruits and dark leafy greens like kale will also send your energy levels through the roof. Smoothies are a great way to fulfil part of your daily fruit and vegetable requirements. The vitamins in it will also be able to improve your mental state in the mornings, helping you to focus better and be more productive at work.

 

WHEATGRASS JUICE

 

You can get wheatgrass juice by mixing wheatgrass powder with water or purchasing ready-made ones at Chinese medical stores. According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease, wheatgrass is able to provide a healthy energy boost, and comes with anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.

 

A source of chlorophyll, it is jam-packed with minerals and vitamins. And great news for those watching your waistlines - wheatgrass is a natural hunger suppressant, allowing you to stay full and energised for long periods of time.

 

COCONUT WATER

 

This refreshing and hydrating drink is perfect for Singapore's sweltering heat that makes it easy for us to get dehydrated.

 

It is rich in minerals, and is a great alternative to sugar-laden sports drinks. If you are buying bottled coconut water from the supermarket, be sure to check out the ingredient list to ensure there is no added sugar or flavouring.

 

GREEN TEA

 

Tea is also a good energy-booster. Tea releases caffeine into your body more slowly than coffee, allowing you to feel more relaxed and focused. This will help you avoid the jitters you get from coffee, especially if you are very sensitive to caffeine.

 

A great choice is green tea - it contains L-theanine, an amino acid that will help you concentrate. It is also proven to be able to help prevent cancer and boost metabolism.

 

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