5 Tips to Turn Your Coffee Habit Into a Healthy Morning Ritual

Drinking coffee is a morning ritual that so many of us enjoy every day. In fact, many can't live without their daily cup, including myself. Stumbling from the bed to the coffee maker is aloways my first move of the day.  

Recent studies show this popular brewed beverage has several benefits regarding health and memory. If you feel that your habits regarding coffee could be improved upon, why not create a more healthy morning coffee ritual?  I have come up with a few ways to do just that.  

Consider starting your day with a glass of water first. Have a glass of water while you wait for the delicious gourmet coffee to brew. Then, enjoy a cup or two of your favorite morning beverage.

Choose a healthy brand of coffee.  I try to stick with organic brands if possible.  Pesticides and herbacides are used in the growing of much of the coffee out there.  Finding an organic brand means there is less unwanted junk in your coffee cup. There are also several brands that are considered Fair Trade, which means that smaller farmers are guaranteed fair pricing and links farmers with the right buyers.  One coffee brand that is both Organic and Fair Trade is Seagull Coffee.  They have several blends to choose from and the coffee is always smooth and tasty. 

Avoid using chemical or artificial additives in your coffee. It might seem convenient to have your coffee with an artificial creamer or sweetener, but these are not usually the healthy choice. Always try to use natural options, such as alternatives like almond milk or rice milk. If you require a sweetener for your coffee, opt for honey, agave nectar, brown sugar or xylitol. Honey would be your best choice of sweetener, as it offers the most health benefits.

Add healing or anti-oxidizing spices and herbs to your coffee. You can easily add fresh herbs or dry spices to your favorite ground coffee using a French press or coffee maker. There are many healthy options to choose from, some of which include: cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves, carob, chocolate mint or tarragon. These additions will taste like a gourmet coffee treat, soothing your palate and adding a great start to your day.

Consider adding some coconut oil to your morning cup. Adding a bit of coconut oil to your hot cup of coffee will bring great health benefits to your morning beverage. Coconut oil helps to stimulate the metabolism and is also a great source of fatty acids. Aside from the many health benefits of coconut oil, this healthy food adds a wonderful taste to your coffee.

Make a ritual of your coffee habit. Morning is the best time of the day. This is the time when you can show your gratitude for all the blessings in your life and set your plans for the day. Take advantage of the moments spent sipping your coffee to take a breath, close your eyes and think of the things that make you happy. Take time to think about and plan the upcoming day. 

As you can see, these tips are easy to follow and can easily be adapted into your morning routine. The changes listed above may seem small but these steps can turn your habit into a healthy ritual that will bring positivity and happiness into your morning. Don't give up something that gives you pleasure; enjoy the moments spent drinking your favorite beverage - coffee!

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