5 Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Morning Coffee

by Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Last Updated: October 9, 2020

Fall is here, and there is nothing better than enjoying a warm cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning. Coffee is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help ward off disease. However, many coffee beverages are packed with added sugars and additives that are not so yummy – or healthy. While there are certainly coffee purists out there who drink black coffee alone, there’s no denying that adding a little excitement to your normal coffee routine can be a fun and flavorful change. Read on for some delicious ways to spice up your coffee - without adding sugar:
  1. Cinnamon
    This spice is known for its numerous anti-inflammatory benefits and adds a hint of sweetness, decreasing the need for added sugar. Cinnamon may also support your immune system. Just a little sprinkle can help your drink feel even more like fall.
  2. Vanilla extract
    If you love the sweet aroma and rich flavor of vanilla, try adding a drop of vanilla extract to your coffee grounds next time you brew a cup. Adding a drop or two during the brewing process ensures you get the best flavor! Be sure to use pure vanilla extract like this.
  3. Half & half
    If you are looking for the creamy texture of coffee creamer without the added sugar of many flavored varieties, then half & half is your new go-to. Half & half is a simple blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream. Just a little bit goes a long way to making your coffee delicious. Try adding a tablespoon in your next cup for a satisfying flavor and texture.
  4. Almond milk
    For those looking for a dairy alternative to half & half, almond milk makes a great substitute that blends well into drip coffee as well as lattes. Be sure to use unsweetened almond milk, like this Simple Truth variety, to avoid added sugar.
  5. Peppermint oil
    Nothing screams, “’Tis the season” more than peppermint coffee. And although the holidays are still months away, a little peppermint oil in your coffee adds a festive and energizing treat to your day. To prepare it, add 2-3 drops to your pot during the brewing process. Just be sure to use peppermint oil sparingly, as you don’t want to go overboard on this flavor.

However you choose to prepare your coffee, make sure to truly enjoy it. Many of us rush through our coffee routines to get to the caffeine or to get the morning going. Next time you grab that cup, take a moment to enjoy and start your day on the right foot. If you aren’t sure the best breakfast foods to have with your coffee, schedule a Telenutrition consult with a Kroger Health Dietitian for more information!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.


Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Emily is a passionate clinical dietitian who strives to make nutrition changes sustainable while improving peoples’ relationship with food. She makes every effort to get to know each one of her clients on a personal level to ensure whole-person care. Emily is specialized in nutrition for oncology and cancer prevention/treatment. She has expertise from diabetes and heart health to hormonal health and fertility issues. Emily is an avid indoor cyclist and loves spending time in the kitchen cooking up nutritious and energizing meals.