10 Healthier Alternatives to Your Usual Morning Joe

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Ah, coffee. It’s that elixir of life that so many of us turn to for a morning jolt. While black coffee has health benefits, including nutrients and antioxidants, many of us prefer to take our java in not-so-healthy ways. Breakfast sets the stage for the entire day. The right foods replenish and nourish the body after its night-long fast, giving you the energy you need to get moving. Unfortunately, the giant-sized lattes and creamer-filled coffees you might enjoy with breakfast weigh you down, literally. Clean eating, healthy coffee recipes and alternatives provide refreshment and energy without the junk. If you’re determined to lose weight and feel better, you have other options!

1. Morning Joe in The Raw
You don’t need to sacrifice taste with this, one of our favorite healthy coffee recipes. You get the coffee you love without the refined who-knows-what found in processed and powdered creamers. This recipe includes a Caramel Macchiato option.

2. Cinnamon Spiced Coffee (pictured above)
When it comes to coffee alternatives, you can’t beat this healthy option. Using clean eating ingredients, like honey, this morning pick-you-up has a lightly caramelized taste.

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3. Coffee Creamer
This clean eating alternative is made with milk and natural fruits for a sweet taste you’ll feel good about.

4. Chai Orange Latte
Chai tea delivers the caffeine you crave from coffee, but it also has the added antioxidant power of tea. What’s more, this version uses orange juice for a kick of vitamin C.

5. Orange-Pomegranate Green Tea
This is the perfect coffee replacement, whether you’re serving yourself breakfast or having your mother-in-law over for brunch. Yummy!

Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie

 

6. Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie
Get the morning off to a refreshing start with this healthy smoothie. It’s a smart substitute for fancy coffee shop drinks because you get a super-infusion of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

7. Green Tea Mango Smoothie
With protein-packed quinoa and delicious mango, this is one of those coffee alternatives that’s an ideal, energy-filled breakfast drink!

8. Pick Me Up Breakfast Smoothie
From healthy flax seed to refreshing coconut water, this smoothie will ensure you’re good-to-go for whatever the morning has in store.

9. Superfoods Smoothie
You’ll love the tasty blend of berries, Greek yogurt, and green tea. This smoothie delivers the benefits of 7 sensational superfoods—it’s like getting a jumpstart on your healthy eating for the day.

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
This recipe is one of our tastiest coffee alternatives. It’s packed with protein so you’ll be fueled up for the morning. But beware—you might find yourself making an extra batch for the kids!

These healthier alternatives to your usual morning joe are a smart way to clean up your diet without sacrificing taste.

 

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