Hot, Cold & Frozen

Updated: Jul 17, 2018

I typically wake up at 5:00 am and yes, that is by choice. I like to get my workout in and over with first thing the morning to boost my metabolism and it gives me the rest of the day to enjoy. Now, I'm never fully awake that early in the morning, so I rely on the help of my three, go-to early morning beverages: hot, cold and frozen.

Hot: Matcha Latte

This has been the trendy drink over the past few months and I'm not mad at it. I totally jumped on the bandwagon and haven't looked back. Matcha is made from green tea leaves and provides the same nutrients and benefits as eating a whole tea leaf. It provides more antioxidants than other green teas and can help fight cancer, viruses and heart disease. This is a great drink if you're looking for high caffeine - which I am in the morning!

Luckily, this is a pretty simple recipe. Follow these simple steps to recreate it in your home!

1. Bring 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or preferred milk to a bare simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

2. Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of matcha powder in a mug. I added some cinnamon for a little extra flavor.

3. Slowly whisk the milk once it has been heated to the temperature of your liking to create some foam bubbles.

4. Pour the milk into the mug and stir everything together.

Pro tip: Sweeten it up with honey.

When purchasing matcha, read the labels to be sure it is ground powder and not whole leaves... I almost made that mistake. I found 10th Avenue Tea at Mariano's.

Cold: Iced Coffee

I have coffee every morning. Or should I say I need coffee every morning. Now that it is Summer, I've made the switch to iced coffee.

For the past four years, I have been making my morning coffee the same. The steps are pretty basic:

1. Grind coffee

2. Boil water

3. Pour over in Chemex.

Add some ice and wake up!

It's simple, delicious and makes me happy. A few years back I switched to unsweetened soy milk. It is a good source of protein and tastes good.

Frozen: Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Who doesn't love a good fruit smoothie? Fresh fruit, nutrient rich seeds and yogurt help make one of my favorite morning beverages. Now that it is summer, I try and make a smoothie at least twice a week. It helps ensure I get a healthy amount of the necessary vitamins and and protein I need to get me through a long day at work.

There are a few ingredients I use every time I make a smoothie.

I typically use fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries and a banana. I add in hemp seeds, chia seeds and coconut shavings to taste (approx. 1 teaspoon of each). I add 1 cup of greek yogurt and a half a cup of soy milk along with ice. I love to add a cup of spinach as well.

To make things interesting, I will add cinnamon and finely chopped ginger. The combination is amazing and very complimentary to the fruit. When I drink a smoothie post workout, I will add my protein powder as well.

Mornings can be hard, but when you find ways that help fuel you for the day, it'll be that much easier to wake up. Share some of your favorite morning drinks in the comment section below!

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