Upgrade Your Morning Coffee With These Healthy Recipes
Make your morning cup of joe count for more than just caffeine.
Published Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM
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It’s time to turn your morning caffeine fix into something seriously healthy. Whether you like your coffee blended and sweet or hot and simple, there are ways to add nutritious ingredients to make your morning routine better—and tastier. Here are nine coffee recipes to try this week.
Coffee Turmeric Smoothie
With health benefits like removing toxins and promoting a healthy heart, it’s a no-brainer to use turmeric in your coffee. This recipe from the Almond Eater includes ingredients like cashews, oats, honey, and, of course, coffee that limit the intense turmeric taste.
Coffee Frozen Kefir
Get your caffeine fix on a sweltering day with this frozen coffee recipe from Cooking Ala Mel. Not only is it refreshing, it incorporates kefir, which aids in digestion and gut health. Top your drink with homemade butterscotch, honey, or chocolate chips if you like your frozen coffee a little sweet.
Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia
One of nature’s richest forms of antioxidants, the tiny chia seed, packs a nutritional punch. When you blend them with bananas and coffee, you have an enjoyable morning drink (recipe from Little Broken) that will actually help reverse aging.
Hydrating Iced Coffee
Coffee can be extremely dehydrating, but Byrdie has an easy recipe that eliminates this problem: Just add a cup of coconut water to a half cup of coffee. The coconut water adds much needed electrolytes and hydration, while the coffee gives you your boost of energy.
Mocha Overnight Oats
Cut out the work of making breakfast and get your caffeine fix by creating this wholesome treat from House of Yumm the night before. Oats are a terrific addition to coffee because they are rich in fiber. Combine all the ingredients in a lidded jar, and you have the easiest breakfast ever.
Frothy Butter Coffee with Collagen
Butter coffee, also known as “bulletproof coffee,” is all the rage right now, and for good reason: The simple addition of quality (grass-fed) butter to your morning cup will do wonders. It adds omega-3s and plenty of vitamins to truly make coffee a healthier drink. Vital Proteins suggests adding collagen powder, too, for even more benefits like beautiful skin and hair.
Irish Coffee Chia Parfait
If you love your coffee sweet and indulgent but you’re worried about nutrition, try this recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo. Both dairy-free and alcohol-free, this layered recipe uses chia in both the mocha and vanilla layer, while the whipped cream is made from coconut milk.
Coffee Protein Smoothie
This is an energy booster and protein bar all rolled into one. The recipe from Gimme Some Oven uses strong coffee frozen into ice cubes then blended with almond milk, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt. The result is an easy-to-drink beverage that is chock-full of nourishing ingredients.
Vegan Thai Iced Coffee
Thai iced coffee is super sweet and creamy, but you can make the treat without refined sugar or dairy thanks to this recipe from Cotter Crunch. Using coconut cream in place of half and half lets you cut out unhealthy fat and replace it with healthy fat.