How To Get An Energizing Caffeine Boost Without A Calorie Boost

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Shutterstock/Sean Wandzilak

When you’re up late studying, it’s tempting to reach for an energy drink, a bag of chips, or some sugary candy. Consuming large amounts of caffeine and sugar late at night is a surefire way to throw off your sleep routine and derail any healthy eating attempts.

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Next time you need an energy boost, try one of these five healthy caffeinated options.


Green tea.

This tea has a higher caffeine content than other types of tea, but significantly less caffeine than coffee. Green tea is also a great source of antioxidants and it doesn’t contain any sugar or calories. Try sweetening it up with something natural, like a spoonful of honey.


Dark chocolate.

Yep, here’s one type of candy we encourage eating! Try eating an ounce or two of chocolate that’s more than 70% cocoa for a sweet treat and a caffeine boost.


Diet soda.

Soda definitely isn’t a super healthy option, but choosing a caffeinated diet soda over a sugary energy drink will help cut calories.


Coconut water.

Thanks to coconut water’s high potassium content, this drink can help stimulate your brain in those late-night cramming sessions. Try a packaged version with espresso for an instant boost.


Kombucha.

If you’ve strolled through a natural foods store recently, you’ve probably seen tons of bottles of this stuff. Kombucha is a fizzy fermented tea and it comes in tons of flavor, it’s also loaded with probiotics so it can help settle your stomach after a night of junk-food bingeing.

Allison Russocollegecandy writer
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