Wake up and Smell the Coffee


If you go to bed dreaming about your morning coffee, then you’re in luck. It turns out, a cup of joe is more than just a tasty way to start your day—the sip boasts some serious health perks: Studies suggest it’s associated with a decreased risk for Parkinsons disease and type 2 diabetes. Coffee also delivers a shot of energy and can help power you through a workout.  

But sip strategically! When you start sprinkling in the sugar and pouring in the cream and syrupy add-ins, you can easily get into trouble in the form of extra calories, fat and sugar. Instead, try two of my favorite ways to enjoy iced coffee during warmer months:  

Add Some Vanilla Va-Va-Voom: Start with your favorite cup of chilled coffee. Add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, a generous splash of vanilla almond milk, and an optional 1 teaspoon of sugar. And then…here’s my secret trick: To prevent the ice cubes from melting and watering down your brew, make your own “coffee cubes.” Pour leftover coffee into ice cubes trays, then freeze and pop ‘em in your java.  

Blend It Up: Like your coffee frozen and frothy? You’ll love my Iced Mocha Coffee, which is a tasty trifecta of chocolate, coffee, and caffeine. In a blender, mix ½ cup brewed cold coffee, ¼ cup skim milk, 1 generous tablespoon chocolate syrup and 4 to 5 ice cubes. Pour into glass and top with a big squirt of whipped cream. Cheers !

For more delicious recipes, check out Joy’s cookbook From Junk Food to Joy Food and follow her via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.