Some healthy substitutes for coffee include green tea, kombucha tea, coconut water and apple cider. These drinks can be served hot or iced and provide some benefits, such as fewer calories and less or no caffeine.
Regularly drinking coffee is not inherently bad, say experts. Research suggests coffee contains antioxidant compounds that may improve metabolism and increase insulin sensitivity, while some studies show a link between coffee consumption and the prevention of some types of cancer.
On the flip side, consuming excess caffeine from coffee can elevate stress hormone levels, disrupt natural sleep patterns and cause anxiety. People who add lots of cream and sweetener to their coffee are more likely to gain weight. Substituting lower calorie drinks such as water and tea helps keep calorie and caffeine intake down.