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15 Must-Try Coffee Alternatives



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I am one of twenty percent of people who likes coffee but, doesn’t need it every day to function. I’m more of a tea drinker myself, but coffee can be delightful sometimes. Everything just boils down to my mood and preference for the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I also need my morning boost, but average joe isn’t just the main source of my daily caffeine fix. You’ll be surprised on how much options you have. And, if you’re an avid coffee drinker, I strongly recommend you to switch up your morning drink once in a while.

Without further ado, here is the list of non-coffee alternatives which will wake you up and will give you that added boost!

Green Tea or Matcha


Wanting to try something different than just a cup of your usual latte? Green Tea/Matcha will give you the same energy boost without the palpitations and your usual ‘coffee jitters.’ Green Tea is also an excellent source of catechins which is a powerful disease-fighter and rich in antioxidants.

Mint Tea



Having a cup of revitalizing mint tea in the mornings is surprisingly packed with health benefits. Not only will it give you fresh breath and your stomach, it also does wonders on activating your brain while prevents memory loss, fatigue, and even bloating.


Hot Chocolate


Since the sweater weather is coming, sipping hot chocolate in the morning with probably start off your awesome day. Chocolate is also an excellent source of energy, and it is also beneficial for brain stimulation.




Chai is an Indian native tea which is commonly made with black tea, as the source of caffeine, and well-crafted blends of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. The smooth and creamy flavor will also trick your mind that you’re drinking your usual coffee.  

Green Smoothies



Another way to start your day with a bang is through green smoothies. Not only is it packed with vitamins and nutrients which will give you your daily energy fix to go about your day. If you’re worried about its taste there are tons of smoothie recipe which you can find online.




Probably the newest drink on the scene, kombucha has become a popular drink among millennials who are looking to switch things up and this is also a great alternative for non-coffee drinkers since it gives them the energy they need for the day.

Kombucha is a concoction of fermented tea, sugar, and other spices. And it is an excellent source of vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics.




Horchata is a classic Mexican drink which makes everyone jumpy in the mornings, not only is it uniquely delicious but it is equally healthy. It is a plant-based beverage and its usual ingredients are white rice, cashews, lots of cinnamon, and vanilla extract.


Yerba Mate


This South-African (“yer-bah mah-tay”) tea is one of the most popular tea in the world, almost as popular as green tea. This tea is also packed with caffeine which will give you the same effect as a cup of coffee without the jitters. It gives you the health benefits of a cup of tea and the euphoric feeling of eating chocolates.

Carob Powder



Carob-powder is cocoa powder-like, but with the added kick. It’s naturally sweet like cocoa, and it is as delicious. Every sip feels like heaven, just add warm milk and mix it with a dash of honey, and you’re all set.

Lemon Infused Water



Lemon infused water has been popular in the recent years due to its health benefits, yummy, and very refreshing taste. I know that not everyone enjoys a creamy drink which will give you a sudden jolt of energy, sometimes all you need is something that could stimulate your senses.  


Flaxseed Shake


Flaxseed shakes every morning will give you energy that will power you up through the day. Flaxseeds, mixed with flaxseed oil, yogurt, and fruits, will not only give you a very delicious drink, but it is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients which aids bloating and weight loss.


Schizandra Tea


This tea, which is rather difficult to pronounce can replace your average cup of joe and it’s packed with health benefits. Schizandra Tea is a traditional Chinese medicine, and it is derived from an East Asia native schizandra berries.

It has calming effects which will improve the quality of sleep, balances your body’s sugar levels, it’s also good for your liver and your memory.

Hibiscus Tea



This yummy floral red drink is packed with antioxidants, prevents cancer, fights bacteria causing diseases, lowers blood pressure, and promotes weight loss. But did you know that it is also packed with energy boosting components which will give you a sudden kick in a rather lazy morning? Well, now you know. Be right back I’m just gonna buy myself a box of hibiscus tea.  


Coconut Water


Every day feels like a vacation on a tropical island, a tall glass of cold coconut water will be a good fix for a very lazy morning. Coconut water is very refreshing and hydrating, but it is also packed with balanced electrolyte brought to you by Mother Nature.

Coconut water contains the five important electrolyte which your body needs after a workout or rather a very hectic day namely: potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. It is also the perfect alternative to water.




One of the basic, but most overlooked beverage of all time, is water. We all know that water is an essential part of our daily lives, it cleanses, hydrates, and refreshes our system.

It may not contain caffeine-like properties but drinking water is a sure fire way to wake you up and your senses, but if drinking doesn’t help well I suggest that you take a shower for a sudden jolt of awareness.


There are tons of coffee alternatives which are readily available in the market and some can even be grown in your backyard. These drinks aren’t just alternatives because not only they’re yummy and refreshing, they are also packed with health benefits.

So, you can save some time and skip that long line in your favorite coffee shop.

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Cheap eats in Kansas City, MO under $15 (2019)



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Another city down and another city explored. Kansas City Missouri will always hold a special place in my heart. Although my girlfriend moved here for a new job, it was a city that we initially explored on our own. Back in February of 2018, she got offered an incredible job in the fashion industry. A job she longed for and deserved for years. She had to pack ALL of her things and make the 1125 mile hike in the middle of the country.

What I found fascinating along the way was not only our bonding time together, but the places we went to for food. Fast forward to present day and I’m proud to consider Kansas City Missouri a second home. Here are all of the adventures and places we’ve gone to that are all within the price range of under $15 for one person.

DISCLAIMER* This blog will continue to be updated as I collect research and essentially eat there on your behalf.



Char Bar

Kansas City Joe’s


Milwaukee Delicatessen Company


The Farmhouse

Brown and Loe

Blue Nile Cafe

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10 Must-Try Sparkling Water Brands In 2018



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In case you didn’t know, sparkling water does not have any form of diamond nor glitter. Rather it’s water infused with carbon dioxide, artificially and naturally. Which gives it a sudden fizz or flavor in some cases.

In most cases, companies artificially infuse carbon dioxide in water and then they add natural or artificial flavors for an added kick.

Sparkling water is also the best soda alternative because it has lower sugar levels, aids indigestion/dyspepsia, rich in health-promoting minerals, and calms motion sickness. It is also safer to drink than tap water.

Which is why sparkling water’s popularity increased in the recent years. And, there are tons of sparkling brands to choose from. Without further ado here are the best sparkling water brands of 2018:


San Pellegrino

“She might be Filipino, be sippin’ Pellegrino” a rap lyric from Nicki Minaj’s song Girls Fall Like Dominoes. Pellegrino owns its right to be one of the top sparkling water brands. It has gotten so huge that it has been mentioned in various song lyrics.

San Pellegrino is an Italian sparkling water brand which is crafted in Bergamo, Italy. Since 1990, the company has been owned by Nestle.

I highly recommend that you try the Blood Orange flavor. But, nothing beats the original flavor for its simple, crisp, and refreshing taste.


Perrier is one of the oldest and popular sparkling water brands. Thanks to its teardrop-shaped dark mosque green glass bottle which distinguishes the brand from its competitors.

Did you know that a Perrier bottle contains fifty million bubbles – now that’s a lot of bubbles!

Perrier sparkling water is exclusively sourced in France and it is sugar-free, caffeine-free, and it’s readily accessible in a lot of restaurants all over the world.


La Croix Sparkling Water

Regardless of its French brand name; La Croix meaning “the cross” is the most popular American sparkling water brand. Thanks to its colorful packaging and a wide range of fun flavors to try and choose from. Personally, I love Cerise Limon and Passionfruit flavors.


Voss Sparkling

Voss does not only offer high-quality artisanal mineral water, recently they launched their array of sparkling water which is sourced a natural aquafier in Norway.

It’s also packaged with Voss signature Scandinavian designed bottle. Plus, this sparkling water does not contain calories, sugar, and artificial flavoring or sweeteners. Which is awesome!

They offer a variety of flavors but my favorite flavor will definitely be the Tangerine Lemongrass and Lime Mint Flavored ones.

Sparkling Ice

Sparkling Ice is an American sparkling water brand which was launched in 1992. They are known for infusing green tea into their sparkling water for an added caffeine boost and produce fun and unique flavors which you can choose from.

This sparkling water is loaded with vitamins and nutrients thanks to natural fruit and green tea extracts, but they are also free from calories, sugar, and artificial flavoring.

Personally, I am in love with their Peach Nectarine, Ginger Lime, and Grape Raspberry sparkling water.



Spindrift is a Boston-based company which was found in 2010. This brand showcases a new flair and flavor on their sparkling water. And, the awesome thing is that they do not use artificial fruit flavors instead they really use natural fruit extracts.

This is a win-win situation because you do not only have the benefits of drinking sparkling water but you will also enjoy the added vitamins and nutrients from the fruit extract. My personal favorite will probably their Raspberry Lime and Cucumber flavored sparkling water.

Fun Fact: The word spindrift means the sudden mist from an ocean when the wind blows.



Waterloo Sparkling Water is an Austin-based fizzy water company which is a direct competitor of La Croix.

They are also known for their colorful cans and a wide variety of sparkling water flavors to choose from. The company prides themselves on producing flavored sparkling water which has true-to-fruit flavors without sugar, calories, and sodium.

And I recommend that you try their Black Cherry and Watermelon flavored sparkling water.



Bubly sparkling water is owned by Pepsi Co. This brand is known for their trendy and colorful packaging.

“No calories. No sweeteners. All smiles.” is the brand’s tagline. And honestly, it’s quite true. I mean have you seen their can’s tab? It has its own greeting and its signature smile on the can.

I love their Cherry, Strawberry, and Grapefruit flavored sparkling water.



Polar seltzer was founded in 1882 by Dennis Crowley. The company is based in Massachusetts and it is still owned and ran by the Crowley family.

This seltzer has three main ingredients which are water, zillions of sparkling bubbles, and fruit flavoring. The company claims that nothing much has changed on crafting their famous seltzer, except for the additional flavors and high-tech machinery.

Personally, I love their Vanilla, Orange Vanilla, and Triple Berry flavored seltzer and you must also try it!


Topo Chico

Topo Chico is a Mexican sparkling water company founded in Monterrey, Mexico in 1895. It’s sourced from Monterrey Valley. In 2017, the company was acquired by Coke. And, it is very reminiscent of the vintage colorful can of Mexican Coca-Cola

I haven’t tried this brand but I’ve heard good things about it. Unfortunately, they are only available in Mexico and the United States.


There are tons of beverages which you can choose from, but we must be mindful of how it affects our body. Water is one of our basic needs, but it’s rather bland and boring for other people.

Instead of drinking soda, which is high in sugar, let’s try and replace it with sparkling water. It’s safer, healthier, and it tastes so good.

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