Like yourself, I started drinking coffee years ago. It started with one cup in the morning, then two, then three, and before I thought about it again, I was drinking about 5-6 cups a day.
I hate the taste of coffee, so each cup was drowned in sugar and sweetened creamer. It helped with the taste, but not nutrition. Additionally, as time went on, I started to notice my tolerance for the jitters was decreasing and I was physically shaking from my coffee.
I thought about tea, but I don’t love tea, and I didn’t want to try any of the generic energy shots because of all the ingredients on the label that I can’t pronounce. I wanted to find a clean, delicious, strong energy source.
Then, I saw one of my favorite wellness influencers mention a company called Proper Wild.
Proper Wild is a wellness company that makes plant-based energy shots in 3 flavors: Ginger, Peach Mango, and Blackberry. When I checked to see where the flavor comes from, I was pleased to find no artificial flavors or preservatives, just natural fruit juices.
Each shot has 2x the caffeine as a cup of coffee and 23x as much L-Theanine as a cup of Green Tea. If you’re wondering why that matters, studies have shown the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine has been linked to reduced jitters, improved concentration, heightened alertness and an increase in mood.
I ordered their Sampler Pack last week which contains 18 shots, six of each flavor. They arrived in 2 days and came in a really colorful box. The next morning, I wanted to see if this stuff could really replace my morning coffee — something that could wake me up, — so I took the Ginger shot. Right away, I could tell the ingredients were clean and simple, and it was flavorful without being too sweet.
I waited for the same amount of time it normally takes me to drink my first cup to see how I felt. I noticed that I wasn’t jittery and I was making steady progress on my to-do list, which I’ll credit to the L-Theanine. I was able to stay focused throughout the whole day just from the one shot.
At the end of the day, it was clear, I needed to make Proper Wild a part of my morning routine. They’re plant-based, they keep me productive, and if I have an extra-long day, I can keep one in my bag for later!
Coffee may have been what used to keep me going, but now, I’m going to continue with plant-based energy shots.