5 Healthy Hot Beverages That Will Make Your Morning

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Yes, a caramel macchiato is a delicious way to start the day – but it’s about as healthy as a buffet table at an all-you-can-eat resort, and you should probably indulge in it as rarely. Giving up your morning calorie bomb doesn’t mean you have to give up on the comfort (or caffeine!) of hot drinks, though – there are plenty of healthy hot beverages to choose from!

The next time you’ve got a craving for something drenched in caramel, whip up one of these five healthy, hot beverages instead:

1. Chai Latte

Chai

There’s something enticing about chai spices, but most coffee shop’s make theirs with sugary syrup or artificial sweeteners. Here’s a home-brewed alternative that will satisfy your craving! As a bonus, spices in chai tea such as cinnamon may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range.*

You can switch up the chai base from rooibos to black tea if you need to perk up in the morning. The recipe calls for canned coconut milk rather that the milk substitute, as the richness of the canned version makes for a more satisfying drink. Even on hot summer days, I still rely on this drink to get me going in the morning.

Chai Latte Recipe

  • 1 chai tea bag or 1 tbsp loose leaf tea (rooibos chai or black chai)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste – a little sweetness goes a long way)
  1. Blend ingredients together until frothy and enjoy!

Blending hot drinks is a great way to get the latte effect without the fancy espresso machine. Whatever creamy ingredient you’re adding, whether it’s coconut milk, almond milk, or butter (we’re getting to that!), emulsifies in the blender for a smooth, latte-like result.

2. Hot Apple Cider

Cider

This one’s a favorite of mine! The natural apple sweetness pairs well with the spicy ginger, and a little lemon adds just the right amount of citrus to balance it all out. You can blend this one for a frothy drink, but I like it simply warmed on the stove. So wholesome.

Apple Cider Recipe

  • 1 cup apple juice (This works best with apple cider, unfiltered, unsweetened, and definitely not from concentrate)
  • 1 tsp–1 tbsp grated ginger (if you like a spicy drink, add more ginger)
    juice of half a lemon
  1. Warm the apple cider on low heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Add grated ginger and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain into a mug and add lemon juice.

3. Golden Milk

Milk

This one’s a traditional Ayurvedic remedy often consumed in the evening as a soothing way to get your body ready for bed. Golden milk takes advantage of the antioxidant effects of turmeric, which might seem out of place in a sweet drink, but is actually truly delicious.*

Golden Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup almond or cashew milk (bonus points if you make your own)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (careful with this stuff – it’s a powerful natural dye)
  • Pinch of ginger powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp raw honey (or to taste)
  1. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink, preferably not while wearing white!

4. Matcha Latte

Matcha

Looking for a caffeine kick with a little less kick? A matcha latte will do the trick.

Matcha is a very fine Japanese green tea that comes powdered. Because you’re ingesting the whole leaf you’re arguably also getting more – lots more – of the antioxidants for which green tea is famous. Traditional matcha is frothed with a special tool, but we’re going to skip all that and go straight to the blender.

Matcha Latte Recipe

  • 1 tsp matcha (or to taste – some people like it stronger)
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Blend ingredients together until frothy and enjoy!

5. Buttered Coffee

Coffee

I’ve never been able to drink coffee. It gives me the jitters and fails miserably at making me more effective at anything other than biting my nails. That is until buttered coffee came along.

At first, I dismissed buttered coffee as another of those food trends that was as ridiculous as it seemed. Then I tried it. I was expecting a greasy mess followed by heart palpitations and regret. What I got was a delicious, creamy cuppa joe that actually made me feel more alert, and didn’t make me feel like I’d just found a spider in the shower.

There’s not a lot of research to back buttered coffee, so you’ll have to settle for my anecdotal experience. The wisdom behind it, though, is that the fat slows the absorption of caffeine for a more sustained alertness. As well, grass-fed butter and coconut oil contain nutrients that are good for you! These are not fats to be feared, especially since you’re not going overboard.

Buttered Coffee Recipe 

  • 2 cups of coffee (drip, French press, or stove top work well)
  • 1 tbsp of grass-fed butter or MCT coconut oil (medium chain triglyceride coconut oil)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink (or other) salt
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  1. Blend ingredients together until frothy and enjoy!

A Hot Weather, Hot Beverage Tip

Any of these drinks can be enjoyed over ice on a hot summer’s day – yes, even the buttered coffee! For a delicious iced buttered coffee, blend as usual then fill a mason jar 3/4 full and stick it in the freezer until cold. Once it’s chilled, pour over ice.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.