[Coffee seems to be the go-to drink for workers everywhere. Nearly every office has a coffeemaker, too. Employees gather for coffee at break time or bring in coffee from a coffee shop during long sessions of overtime. The problem is, if you don’t enjoy coffee or have a medical reason not to drink it, you may feel like you’re left out in the cold. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives to consider.
For Coffeeshop Orders
When someone goes out for a coffee run, what do you tell them to pick up for you at the coffee shop? The natural choice for non-coffee drinkers is a chai latte. Chai latte is made of black tea, so it does have caffeine to keep you alert. It also has spices, sweetener, and milk for a pleasant taste. Hot chocolate or steamed apple juice may also be available.
Ice It Up
When your job is like a pressure cooker, you may be longing for a cold iced coffee. Here are some other options that you might enjoy instead:
- Iced Tea – Herbal, Black, Green, Rooibos, Thai, etc. (My favorite is Iced Green Tea Latte w/Soy)
- Iced Sports Drink
- Iced Chai Latte or Yerba Matte
- Strawberry Lemonade
Your co-workers think they’re so brilliant chugging down the caffeine to stay alert. Coffee is great for that, but it doesn’t help if you can’t or prefer not to drink it. If you want to stay on top of your game, why not choose a drink that boosts your energy without making you too hyper? For this, fruit drinks are ideal. Here are a few you can try:
- Mixed berry smoothies made with Greek yogurt for a protein punch
- Melon slushies made with watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe
- Strawberry punch – just pack the punch in a thermos and add whole fresh strawberries when you’re ready to enjoy.
- Non-alcoholic sangria loaded up with fruit chunks
- Fruit Juice
- Infused fruit waters
Herbal drinks can not only warm you up; they can also improve your ability to stay calm and focused. Try herbal teas like:
- Chamomile tea promotes calmness
- Cinnamon tea improves cognitive speed and focus
- Eucalyptus tea boosts energy, reduces stress, and decreases mental fatigue