As exciting as wedding planning is, it can also be downright exhausting – especially when juggling all the details amidst a full time job and social schedule, too. Are there ever enough hours in a day?
For many couples, many caffeine fueled nights are spent poring over details, communicating with vendors, and crunching budget numbers. But if you’re in need of a pick me up and are tired of the same coffee order (or straight up don’t like coffee) here are some other ways you can sip your way to more energy.
Kombucha is often called “mushroom tea”, but that doesn’t have anything to do with its taste—it refers to the mass of fermentation that collects at the top. Speaking of taste, natural, plain Kombucha is certainly an acquired one, but natural and fruit flavors are usually added to make the drink an enjoyable one. This fermented tea beverage dates back two millennia to ancient China, and its probiotics and countless health benefits, have made it a popular drink across the world.
One of Kombucha’s chief upsides is its ability to act as a natural energy booster. The drink does contain tiny amounts of caffeine, but it is packed with Vitamin B—a natural pick me up—and iron.
Coffee and other highly-caffeinated drinks can often hit you too hard—making us jittery, interfering with our sleep patterns and more. One of the benefits of Yerba Mate, the popular South American brew, is that it provides an even, smooth increase in energy. Yerba Mate, made from the dried leaves of a plant indigenous to South America (Ilex paraguariensis), does contain caffeine, but 8 oz. worth has less than a same-size cup of coffee.
Yerba Mate also has additional health benefits, as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It’s a popular drink among athletes for its ability to improve muscle contractions and reduce fatigue.
When you’re feeling a bit tired and in desperate need of a pick me up, just look around you. Seventy-five percent of the world’s surface is covered in water. Okay, so you should opt for safe bottled water, but it’s true that some good old H2O is all you need to boost your energy. One of the most pronounced symptoms of dehydration is fatigue and sluggishness. Staying properly hydrated helps the blood transport nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, which makes you feel more awake and alert.
When we’re fatigued, it’s not just that we have to worry about feeling tired. It’s what can happen as a result of feeling sluggish. When you’re putting together important plans, details matter, and so focus is important. Coffee, for all its awakening benefits, doesn’t always help us focus. In fact, the shock of high caffeine waking us up can cause us to go from being in a malaise to being frantic, which doesn’t help when making sure all of our t’s are crossed and i’s dotted.
The ability to help us focus is just one of the benefits to drinking green tea. Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which has been shown to provide a state of “calm awareness”.
Matcha contains many of the benefits of green tea, because it is green tea. However, matcha is finely-ground green tea, meaning that it packs more of a punch. By grounding the tea down to a powder, matcha ensures that the drinker consumes every nutrient and benefit contained in the green tea leaf. One cup of matcha gives you the nutritional benefit of 10 cups of regularly-brewed tea. That means matcha provides a strong natural boost of energy in addition to other health benefits like boosting metabolism, detoxifying, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar and more.
You may think of hot chocolate as the ultimate relaxer, to be consumed on the couch, by the fire, in fuzzy socks and a sweater after a long day out on the slopes or running around during the holidays. But hot chocolate can also be a drink of choice for those looking to boost energy and production—that is, if it’s made with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is much healthier and more nutrient-rich than its cousin milk chocolate.
Dark chocolate contains caffeine which provides the energy boost and it also releases endorphins which can improve the pick-me-up. When things start to feel crazy and you need just a few more moments of energy, some dark hot chocolate can be your life saver…not to mention being a much-needed reminder that life is good.