3 Healthy Alternatives To Coffee

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Whether you’re a coffee addict, an occasional drinker, or someone not fussed by all the hype, there will be times when you’re looking for a pick-me-up alternative to coffee. Here are some tasty alternatives to coffee that will hit the spot when it comes to flavour, energy and satisfaction. 

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Turmeric Latte

This recognisable ‘golden’ drink is not just pretty, but is also full of health benefits. How? Curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its golden colour, has important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It has been shown to protect the liver from toxins, lower cholesterol, reduce menstrual pain and help with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Keen to try your own Turmeric Latte mix at home?

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Ingredients for Turmeric Mix

5 tablespoons ground turmeric

3 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions to make a Turmeric Latte

  • In a bowl combine turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Whisk to combine. 
  • Place a splash of milk and 1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix in a small pot. Whisk to combine. 
  • Add another 1 cup of milk, whisk to combine, and heat over medium-high heat until steaming.
  • Carefully pour into a mug, add ½ teaspoon of honey and enjoy!

Protein-based Smoothie 

If you’re feeling like a coffee, chances are your energy levels are a little low. So fuel your body with a high protein smoothie to get both your body (and brain!) firing!

Our 12WBT Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie is a great one to try, and it’s ready in 2 minutes (that’s even faster than a takeaway coffee!) and comes in at 338cals/serve.

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  • 1 Cups Low Fat Milk (250g)
  • 1 Banana (101g), sliced
  • 1 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, No Added Sugar Or Salt (20g)


  1. Use a blender or hand-held stick blender to blend milk, banana and peanut butter until well combined and creamy. Serve in a glass.

Rooibos Tea

Also known as red tea or bush tea, rooibos tea originates from South Africa and is beautifully red in colour. It’s a great alternative to coffee if you’re after a caffeine-free option and is full of wonderful antioxidants

Alternatives to coffee

Rooibos tea can be bought in any supermarket in leaf or tea bag varieties so it’s a convenient alternative to try next time you need a non-coffee moment!

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Stephanie King BAppSc (Ex&SpSc), MBus (Marketing)
With a strong passion for human health, nutrition and physiological functioning, Stephanie lives and breathes all things wellness. Her Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sport allowed her to delve deeply into the inner workings of the human body and develop a strong understanding of how to integrate physical activity with disease prevention and the promotion of good health, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports performance. If she’s not training at the gym or going for runs, you’ll find her sipping on an iced long black near one of Sydney’s harbour or beach spots!

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