Coffee alternatives

Trying to Reduce Your Coffee Intake? Try These Options in 2023!

Why do I Need a Coffee Alternative?

Why are so many people are searching for a coffee alternative? America runs on stimulants and it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t enjoy their daily fix of caffeine in the morning (me included!). In fact, for most of us, it's hard to imagine a day without it. Caffeine provides an immediate energy boost and protects against some illnesses according to Johns Hopkins. So that makes it a healthy drink, right?

Not quite. For most of us, the side effects of many cups, or one large dose of caffeine are not so helpful.

The crash after the coffee high leads to and energy crash and inability to focus, so we reach for another cup, continuing this negative energy cycle. Caffeine can also cause anxiety, jitters, increased heart rate, irritability, and difficulty falling asleep. 

People have been switching their 10-cup-a-day coffee habits for mushroom coffee, and non-caffeinated mushroom blends.

Mushroom Coffee

Mushroom coffee is a blend of dried, ground mushrooms and coffee combined. It is often marketed as a coffee alternative (yet they still contain coffee!). Mushroom coffee uses medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps, or Reishi rather than culinary mushrooms. 

Mushroom Coffee

Coffee alternatives like mushroom coffee are a great solution if you are trying to reduce caffeine intake. Also, studies of medicinal mushrooms are looking very promising. Recent studies have found beneficial effects on:

  • Brain fog (lack of clarity, lack of focus, poor memory)

  • Digestive health

  • Skin health

  • Immune function

  • Energy levels

Mushrooms' adaptogenic qualities can also reduce the jitters and negative effects of coffee. So you can still get your caffeine fix, but in a lower amount, and with health benefits. Using mushroom coffee doesn’t result in the same coffee ‘crash’. Caffeine and sugar cravings lessen when energy levels are more stable throughout the day.

There is a downside to consider - if you usually drink 5 cups of coffee per day, switching to the lower dosage of caffeine may be tough at first. It may leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving your usual energy boost. It takes willpower to switch up your habits! Mushroom coffee is a lot more expensive than coffee, with 30 doses costing $60 or more. So if you want to drink more than one cup a day, the cost adds up. There are non-caffeinated alternatives to coffee, such as Powderful.

Is Powderful a Mushroom Coffee?

This is a question we get asked all the time! While Powderful contains mushrooms, it does not contain coffee, or any other caffeine source making it a versatile caffeine alternative with absolutely no crash. We also wanted to make it a more affordable option than mushroom coffee.

We wanted to use a large dose of mushrooms and adaptogens so our customers could really feel the health benefits, rather than it being a lighter way to enjoy coffee. The best part of it is, if you do still crave a little caffeine, you can add it to coffee, and the calming ingredients will give you more sustained energy and reduce your jitters, so you can slowly cut back on caffeine. 

Powderful supports focus, memory, digestive health, skin health and collagen production, immune function, energy levels, and restful sleep. No caffeine, no crash, and is a perfect natural energy source. You can blend it with smoothies, yogurt, water, tea, oatmeal, juices, kombucha…no blender needed. Powderful is versatile, contains high amounts of powerful ingredients, and is great at any time of day - and only costs $1 per day when you subscribe.


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