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What do you do when you want an energy boost? I don't drink any caffeine, one because I don't really like how jittery it makes me and two I don't want Ares to get any through my milk.
Just wanted to share two natural things that seriously keep me energized all day and have no caffeine.. Chia seeds and Maca powder. They are actually really good for you too. On the mornings I feel really tired I make a smoothie with almond milk, cacao powder, banana, maca powder, and chia seeds. It tastes just like a chocolate banana milkshake, is good for you, and is like caffeine without the jittery-ness. If you're like me and don't do caffeine you should try it. It's been a lifesaver for me after many sleepless nights
Hate to tell you this, but cocoa powder (cocoa bean products in general, actually) has caffeine. Astutely not as much as coffee or soft drinks, but it isn't caffeine free. I love making a similar shake though!
I was going to say the same thing about the cacao powder not being caffeine free I allow myself one split shot of espresso or a half cup of caffeinated coffee per day. More than that keeps me up. If I want a boost without the caffeine, I go for foods high in protein.
I actually was not a daily coffee drinker until I had two kids. I've always loved coffee, but now it is my special little thing I can still do for "me" in the mornings. Josiah gets his cartoon, Jamison gets time in the jumperoo, and Mama gets her half cup of coffee with a splash of whole milk