4 Holiday Upgrades for Your Morning Coffee

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We did it, guys. We survived the first week of the holidays.

I'll pause while you go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. Nice work, parents!

Now, because the fun is just getting started, and we all know that we're going to need tons of coffee to keep us powering through, let's take a look at some fun ways we can spice up our morning coffee for even more of that java jolt we all know and love.

Butter in your coffee? Cinnamon in your cup? The possibilities are endless.

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Cinnamon

I've been trying really hard to not add anything sugary or artificial to my morning cup of coffee because, since I figure coffee is something I have daily without fail (sorry, but it's the truth!), it's an easy place to start in making healthy swaps through the holidays.

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But on these cold, winter mornings, I still crave a little something “extra” in my coffee, so I experimented the other day by adding just a dash of straight cinnamon and a little bit of half and half in my coffee. And it was delicious! I was kind of expecting it to be bitter or too tangy, but it added just the right amount of spice to mix it up a little and to make me feel festive enough to blast the Christmas station on Pandora.

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Swirl in some peppermint

I'm not a peppermint lover myself, but I know the great majority of the population is. So if peppermint is your jam, spruce up your cup with your own at-home twist of the popular coffee drinks featuring peppermint.

Here's a sample recipe from Wellness Mama for a Peppermint Mocha using essential oils that sounds delicious!

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Bulletproof your brew

I haven't caught on to the butter-in-your-coffee trend yet, but the benefits are supposed to be amazing. Not only does it make your morning coffee have an amazingly creamy texture that would be perfect for a cold, winter morning, but it's supposed to give you energy that'll help power you through your day and help keep your appetite at bay. So it's basically a win-win on every level.

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Get the instructions on how to bulletproof your brew here. You'll need unsalted grass-fed butter, coffee, some kind of oil (like coconut oil), and a blender.

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Pick up a seasonal blend

I have my doubts on whether or not there is anything special about these so-called “seasonal” blends that are being promoted right now, and part of me knows that, logically, it's probably the same coffee they sold yesterday, just wrapped up in pretty packaging. But, either way, it does make me feel festive, I have to admit. 

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So let yourself get duped by the pretty holiday packaging and enjoy a festive cup of your own beans or courtesy of your Keurig — both options available for purchase.

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4 Holiday Upgrades for Your Morning Coffee

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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