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Try This Caffeine Alternative To Get Your Energy Boost

Energy Up

These days, the options for getting a boost aren’t limited to coffee or tea. Macaccino is a natural, caffeine-free beverage made from the maca root, a superfood known for its sustainable energy. Goji berries are another energy superfood you’re apt to see in trail mixes or breakfast bowls.

“Many runners now are choosing honey versus gel packs for easily absorbable sugar during a workout,” says registered dietitian Lisa Mikus in New York.

Honey is also causing a buzz with infused flavors, including spicy ones that can perk up the brain. That doesn’t mean people don’t want caffeine. Matcha is a green tea powder in more recipes, and a product like Matcha Love Culinary Matcha is designed for cooking and baking—or how about a pre-run smoothie?

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.