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Jun 15, 2020

Healthy Additions to Your Morning Cup of Coffee

Let’s play a game: take a shot of espresso for every time you’ve been in a store and seen the phrase “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee,” whether it be on a graphic tee, a mug, a canvas, anything.

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Now that we’re all jittery, let’s get down to business. Whether you’re a casual sipper or a chronic caffeinator it’s not too bold to say that coffee has become more of a lifestyle than just a drink. However, when you sip on your cold brew each morning, are you thinking about how it’s affecting your body? The good news is coffee does have known health benefits on its own, but why stop there? That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite products to help give your cup of coffee that little extra boost. And spoiler alert, caramel is not one of them. We’re truly so sorry.

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Collagen

Let’s get the ball rolling with everyone’s new go-to: collagen! You know that it gives you glowy skin, but are you like us and stopped reading the fine print after that? Well, let us serve you some knowledge! Collagen is made of amino acids (breaking out some high school bio knowledge on you) that help you with hair, skin and nail growth along with supporting your bone and joint health.

If you’ve been wanting to add collagen into your daily routine but haven’t been sure how you’re in luck! Adding some to your mornings is just a scoop or two away! Whether you prefer a powder that you can also throw into smoothies or a creamer for your cup of coffee, there are loads of collagen products made to pair with a cup of coffee. You just throw it in, mix it up, and let your glow start from the inside out!

 Adaptogens

Here to add a little extra boost to your morning boost are the new kids on the block- adaptogens. They may sound like something out of a Transformers movie, but we promise they’re the real deal. Adaptogens are commonly used in Western medicine and are a group made up of herbs or mushrooms that help your body maintain homeostasis. They literally help your body adapt. Now we could go in-depth on all adaptogens, but we don’t have all day week. So, here’s your crash course on three key players in the adaptogen game.

Ashwagandha is a plant sometimes known as “Indian ginseng.” It’s been known to support brain function, reduce stress and inflammation, and even give your immune system a little boost! If you’re looking for a quick hack to up your overall health, scoop some in your coffee and get to living your healthiest life!

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Maca is another root adaptogen known to boost mood and virility! If you’d like a fun way to throw it into your morning routine, why not try a cinnamoon milk? If that’s not your speed, we will leave you with this—maca pairs wonderfully with cocoa (a known aphrodisiac.) Pour it up!

Reishi is the last adaptogen we’ll cover, but if you’d like a more extensive guide on adaptogens, let us point you in the right way. Reishi is a mushroom known for helping with stress, boosting your immune system and even help fight depression. While you can certainly add reishi to whatever is helping pump you up in the morning, it’s stress-reducing properties can be a helpful part of your nighttime routine as well!

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Teas

If you’re missing your local coffee shop more than you could imagine, we have a nice little trick for you! Spice up your morning cup of coffee by adding some tea! Whether you want your matcha to have a little extra kick or you’re a sucker for a dirty chai, making your coffee beans and tea leaves best friends is a surefire way to make you feel like you feeling like you got the full barista experience- all from home!

And we haven’t even covered the health benefits of tea yet! Green tea has properties to support a healthy weight, is chock full of antioxidants, and has even been said to help prevent cancer! Black teas, like the masala chai you know and love, also has antioxidants and cancer-preventative properties along with keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure balanced. With news like this, there’s no way health can’t be your cup of tea!

Salted Caramel

Haha! We fooled you! We told you that caramel wasn’t going to be on this list, but it is! Well, sort of. While the caramel portion is delicious, what we’re really focusing on here is the salt. Caffeine can actually cause you to lose more salt through your urine. Yes, really! We were surprised too, but the more you know. So, toss a small sprinkle of salt into your morning brew, and away you go, ready to crush the day!

Grab your favorite alternative milk, your French press and we expect to see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed early tomorrow morning! There’s no time like the present to get the best handle on your health! If your health kick is still running strong, make sure to check out some superfood suggestions or our meal prepping tips!

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