For years, we’ve been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day (though some would argue against that advice). But for those of us who need a little extra push to access our inner morning person, scrambling an egg isn’t even fathomable until we’ve at least had one (or five) cups of joe.
Studies have shown that drinking coffee alone has health benefits that go beyond helping us become real humans again—like reducing our risk of type 2 diabetes. But since it’s the very first thing we put in our bodies each day after we open our eyes, why not see if there’s a way to sneak a few extra nutrients in there? Here are a few of our favorite hacks to
justify your insatiable caffeine addiction pack even more nutrition into your daily caffeine routine.
1. Add a dash of cinnamon.
Here’s a way to add a little seasonal flair to your caffeine routine while also supporting heart health and balancing blood sugar levels. (PSL, can you do that?) Adding a pinch of cinnamon can boost antioxidants, lower your blood sugar, and even cut your risk of heart disease. Plus, it tastes so good that you might finally kick the cream and sugar habit because, really, it doesn’t need anything else.
2. Drink more chocolate.
OK, just to be clear, we’re not encouraging you to start melting entire Hershey’s bars into your coffee. But adding a little cocoa is cool with us.
Here’s why: Adding a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa (we’re talking the fermented seeds from the cacao tree) offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that can help your body by lowering blood pressure, balancing cholesterol, and helping to manage type 2 diabetes. Think a homemade mocha with zero added sugar, although we think a little drizzle of maple syrup would be good in this too.