I don’t just have coffee first thing in the morning, I typically drink it throughout the day. I LOVE coffee. I love the smell, the taste, the variety of combinations with milk, cream, sugar, syrup… you get the point. I don’t just gravitate to it for that early morning boost of energy, it’s something I enjoy.
But there’s a downside. I can’t have too much caffeine (sad I know). There are days when drinking more than 2 cups of coffee flairs up my IBS. I needed to find an alternative and one that actually works.
And let me tell you when I say it worked I mean it WORKED! I have 2 small kids (one with autism), a full-time job, I trade Forex, and run Soulful Success. That doesn’t cover family or friends, self-care, maintenance, etc. I am a busy woman who needs her caffeine to work for her.
Coffee is a great source of caffeine. On average one cup of coffee has twice as much caffeine as a cup of green tea. You also feel the effects quicker than you would from drinking tea. Feeling the effects of caffeine quicker has its pros and its cons. You will feel awake sooner but this can cause the jitters (a common coffee complaint) and the effects wear off quickly which is referred to as “crashing”. The crash can leave you feeling more tired than before drinking the coffee.
And although teas don’t have as much, they still contain caffeine, and they last longer, giving you more sustainable energy throughout the day. This is because of the L-theanine found in teas, which metabolizes caffeine, causing it to work over a longer period of time.
Typically, you wouldn’t feel the crash from tea either. It kicks in slower (not too slow) and lasts longer, so it wears off more smoothly. Depending on your tolerance, you could still feel jittery from drinking caffeinated tea. However, the effects would be milder.
When I need an extra boost later in the day, or when I want to avoid coffee altogether I will opt for tea. Matcha green and black tea are usually my go-to but recently found a great alternative.
I have tried many other alternatives in the past. I have tried winging it, various herbal and mushroom blends, and every type of caffeinated tea I could think of. There was always a reason why I didn’t like them or why they wouldn’t be a good fit for consistent long-term use. They either didn’t work, didn’t taste good, didn’t blend well with sweeteners and/or creamers, or the caffeine content wasn’t big enough.
The energy tea by Celestial Seasonings has been great from bag ONE! I purchased it on a whim because I couldn’t find the matcha I usually get and I was impressed from the beginning. It’s a green tea which I am used to so I made it with honey and lemon juice.
This tea holds up to a busy day. Because it has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and the L-theanine chemical found in tea, the effects work quicker, last longer, AND don’t leave me jittery and anxious.
It is a great coffee alternative. If you’re looking to remove coffee from your diet, don’t like the taste of it, and want the same effects as coffee but haven’t found a tea strong enough, this is the tea for you.
I am positive that you will enjoy it especially if you are a fan of tea. I have also paired it with the Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tea which I’ve been a fan of for years. In my opinion, the tension tamer tea doesn’t have much of a taste so it’s great to mix with other teas.
- Celestial Seasonings Energy Tea
- Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Tea
- Honey (or agave)
- Lemon (optional)
Give it a try and let me know what you think!