Last year I dealt with some awful news … I could no longer have caffeine! For over a year I was dealing with some gnarly migraines and some serious nausea. My doctor did some sleuthing and ultimately told me I had to cut out the coffee. *crying face* So it began, this awful journey to caffeine sobriety.
My morning routine would never be the same and I had to find a way to not be a miserable grouch in the morning. In being my stubborn self, I believed my doctor was just trying to torture me for some sick pleasure and I switched to half-caff. This did absolutely nothing, it just prolonged the 2 months of withdrawal I was about to brave. To fill you in, I used to drink 3 large iced americanos a day, equivalent to 12 shots of espresso.
I finally threw in the towel and quit caffeine all together; this included tea! The insane withdrawal headaches were enough for me to see the light and watch my life flash before my eyes. Sticking to my cold turkey approach, I searched endlessly for caffeine alternatives and it pretty much came down to physical activity. Exercise is the last thing this addict wanted to read while looking for his next high.
I decided I would turn to my other addiction, food, and see if it could help. I know sugar gives me energy, but I was never a candy-in-the-morning kinda guy. How about that stuff called fruit; it’s nutritious AND delicious! I started experimenting with smoothies and soon I had a new morning routine. Unlike my usual black coffee, smoothies allowed me to experiment with yummy ingredients that didn’t come from a pump. Naturally I found what combos worked and which didn’t; that was half the fun! Not only are they delicious, they flood my body with nutrients to add to that happy feeling (and also to avoid that guilt I’m about to feel over the chinese food I ate last night). With that said, I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes that will help wake you up and make you feel great in the a.m.!
Provides 2 Servings to Share with your Mate!
- 1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1/2 an Apple (save the other half for a snack or tomorrow’s smoothie!)
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup Fresh Spinach
- 1 tbsp. Ground Flaxseed
- 1 Handful Ice
- 1/2 cup Water (or Unsweetened Cashew Milk)
Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until you reach desired consistency. If smoothie struggles to blend, slowly add additional water. Pour into your favorite cup or bowl and enjoy! If you’re felling’ frisky, try adding your favorite low-sugar granola or fresh cut fruit on top.
It’s been over a year since I stopped drinking caffeine and I honestly feel great! My morning smoothie provides that feeling of alertness I need to jump start my day; but without the jitters and afternoon crash. My mood is more stable and I find myself more focused. After a couple months of being caffeine-free, I really started to notice the effect caffeine had on my body. By no means am I trying to get you to quit your morning joe, or even say caffeine is bad, but instead share how I was able to become independent from caffeine. Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe you’d like to share? Or maybe a morning routine that really kickstarts your day? Share below!