Beyond Coffee: 14 Healthy Drinks to Get Your Morning Started (Slideshow)

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Schizandra Tea
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Schizandra Tea
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You most likely have never heard of this unique tea, but the Schizandra berries are native to Eastern Asia and will help cure your java addiction. It detoxifies the liver and promotes a sense of well-being and balances blood sugar, which is a fantastic way to start any day. 

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Ginseng Tea
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Ginseng Tea
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This tea is known to increase focus and concentration while also curing fatigue issues. It is a great tea to provide stimulation for the brain, which is what we need after we wake up. 

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Pomegranate Juice
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Pomegranate Juice
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This has a sweet and tangy flavor that can perk you up. Combine it in a blender with spirulina, soy milk, bananas, and berries and now you have an uber-energy drink that will make you feel like a superhero.

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Reishi Mushroom Tea
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Reishi Mushroom Tea
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This is an interesting alternative to coffee. This mushroom is a traditional staple in Chinese medicine and is known for its invigorating effects on the body. 

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Matcha Green Tea
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Matcha Green Tea
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This is a great alternative to coffee. It has caffeine to give you a gentle jolt to wake up, but the caffeine content is nowhere as high as that of coffee, so you won't experience a midday crash and fatigue your adrenals over time. One cup of this wonder tea can keep you going for most of the day. 

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Licorice Tea
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Licorice Tea
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The sweet-yet-spicy taste will definitely wake you up and open your eyes. Licorice is known as being a tonic for the adrenals, so it produces a healthy increase in energy. 

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Chai
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Chai
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This Indian tea is rich in antioxidants and contains a plethora of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and ginger that is sure to awaken all your senses in the morning. The smooth creamy flavor actually makes you feel like you are sipping a cup of coffee, but without all the extra caffeine. 

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Warm Water with Lemon
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Warm Water with Lemon
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This is a great way to rehydrate and alkalinize your body and perk up after sleep. It also detoxifies the liver and helps get your bowels going. This really should be the first thing everyone sips in the morning.

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Protein Shake with Banana and Berries
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Protein Shake with Banana and Berries
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Who doesn't enjoy a yummy protein smoothie? It is a terrific way to load up with energy and nutrition. Use almond, soy, or coconut milks and your choice of a good quality protein powder. Throw in some bananas and berries which add heaps of extra minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that are sure to fill you up and get you going for the grueling day ahead. 

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Whole Juice
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Whole Juice
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Get your blender out and throw in some spinach or kale with apples, carrots, grapes, and whatever else you want. The more colors, the better...and blend away. You will be in nutrition and antioxidant heaven. This juice will be packed to the brim with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that will boost your energy and metabolism, helping you detoxify while promoting healthy glow for your skin. People will be wondering what secret you are hiding. 

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Coconut Water
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Coconut Water
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Coconut water is Mother Nature's perfect drink. It has an abundance of electrolytes and minerals while being low in fat and sugar. This is the best alternative to an energy or sports drink, and can really give you a burst of energy in the morning.

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Aloe Water
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Aloe Water
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This is very refreshing and has tons of benefits ranging from detoxification and alkalinization of the body, to being high in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This drink has immune boosting qualities that will help you resist illness. Drinking a glass of this in the morning will reinvigorate you

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Hot Chocolate
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Hot Chocolate
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Make an irresistible cup of hot cocoa with raw or organic cacao powder. You will definitely get some caffeine to provide energy, but you will also reap the health benefits of the antioxidants found in cacao. Ditch the dairy milk and use coconut, almond, or soy milk. 

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Quinoa Milk
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Quinoa Milk
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This protein-rich natural energy drink may soon make its way into the stores...be prepared almond and soy and coconut milks...it's the next big health thing! Quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH), is a gluten-free, alkaline-forming, high-protein grain that has tremendous health benefits. 

 

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