6 Caffeine-Free Drink and Beverage Ideas

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Whether you're sensitive to caffeine, have a condition such as GERD, are pregnant, or are simply looking for ways to cut back on your overall caffeine intake, there are plenty of options. Here are a few caffeine-free drinks to consider.

1.  Rooibos Tea

Also called red bush or bush tea, rooibos is a South African tea that doesn't contain caffeine. In South Africa, it's commonly prepared warm with milk added.

Other delicious of ways of preparing rooibos are with lemon and honey or as a cool, caffeine-free iced tea (unlike regular iced tea, rooibos-based iced tea has fewer tannins, making it taste less bitter).

2.  Caffeine-free Spice Tea or Chai

Spice tea or decaffeinated chai tea is usually made with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. Some types include regular black tea (which contains some caffeine), but spice tea without black tea is also available. Try it hot with honey and/or milk, or make a caffeine-free latte by heating it with your favorite milk. Also, try turmeric chai tea.

3. Ginger Tea

Hot ginger tea has a spicy taste and is said to be great for digestion. It's available dried in teabag form or you can make your own using fresh ginger slices. Learn how to make ginger tea.

4. Smoothies

A smoothie made with fresh fruit and vegetables can be a nutritious, filling way to wake up and start the day, especially if there is some protein (such as nuts, vegetable protein powders, yogurt, or milk) included in the shake.

Just be mindful of the portion size as smoothies often tend to be super-sized and contain plenty of sugar (even though it usually is from fruit or yogurt)

Related: 5 Energy Smoothies and Shakes to Try

5. Flavored Water

Try lemon water or a squeeze of a lime or orange wedge in water for a fresh citrus flavor.

Other tasty flavors include cucumber and lemon slices, pineapple slices, or watermelon pieces. Get recipes for DIY infused detox water.

6. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice is a great way to boost your antioxidant intake. Avoid canned juices and vegetable cocktails that contain salt. Try celery, cucumber, and romaine as a base and add some kale, a little carrot or apple, and some lemon and ginger.

Related: Green Vegetable Juice Recipe and Beet, Carrot, and Apple Juice Recipe

Tips

  • Green tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea and matcha tea all naturally contain caffeine.
  • Decaffeinated drinks may still contain caffeine. 
  • If you are looking for caffeine-free drink options due to pregnancy, GERD, or other conditions, talk with your primary care provider about recommended daily caffeine limits. 
  • Some caffeine-free options have added sugar and calories -- be sure to check labels.  
  • Other herbal teas to try include peppermint, chamomile tea, lemongrass tea, and tulsi (holy basil).

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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