You may hear a typical morning routine begin with waking up, getting dressed for the day and then heading out for a big cup of coffee. Many times, people opt for the larger cups with added flavors, like vanilla, hazelnut or chocolate, which can hinder weight loss due to the added sugar and calories. Sometimes, the coffee may seem so filling on its own, people may skip eating breakfast to focus on other things!
While we don’t encourage coffee with sugar, Jenny Craig members may drink coffee with a splash of fat-free milk to make it more palatable. If you’ve been relying too much on coffee or want to avoid the afternoon caffeine crash, here are five alternatives to morning coffee to get you going:
Get adequate sleep.
This is obvious, but the most important to your health and weight loss. A good night’s rest can lead toward a good morning. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Create a new morning routine.
A morning ritual that allows you to ease into your day can be just as beneficial as the caffeine perk your coffee gives you. Wake up early and check the news, read a book and/or explore some of the options listed below. The main thing is to find activities that will help you ease into your day with a healthy awareness of your needs.
Tea gets its natural flavor via the leaves, fruits and/or berries that are combined together per serving. Black, green and white tea only takes about 3-5 minutes to steep depending on the variety, and has less caffeine than coffee so you can avoid both sugar and a huge spike in caffeine. You can also explore decaf options.
Skipping breakfast is an unfortunate trend for some people to save calories. Don’t follow suit. Eating breakfast provides the nutrients that will help jumpstart your day and keep you focused so you don’t feel a mid-afternoon slouch that can occur with a caffeine/sugar crash. If you live an on-the-go lifestyle, heat up our Turkey Bacon & Egg White Sandwich for a protein-filled breakfast, or stash a few packets of oatmeal, like our Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, in your desk drawer.
Take a walk.
An afternoon walk may help relieve any afternoon caffeine cravings, which could potentially keep you up at night if you were to indulge in an afternoon coffee. Going outside and getting your body moving allows you to refresh your mind and prepare for whatever you have to do next. You can also take a moment for some light stretching as well if you need to head to a meeting, and then extend that stretch into a walk later in the day.
Morning routines set the mood for the rest of the day, so finding some alternatives to keep your routine exciting and fun can help lead toward successful choices throughout the rest of the day.