So far I’ve explored all things foodie when it comes to breakfast, whether it’s recipe inspiration or a round up of the best Exeter eateries, leaving one early morning essential unnoticed. Breakfast drinks!
Whether you like to grab a strong black coffee, nourishing smoothie, or a good old PG tips cuppa, these beverages are all fundamental not only to our breakfasts but to our morning routine. This is something the University of Exeter’s very own Student’s Guild has recognised, offering vouchers for early morning drinks purchases to students who have multiple 8:30am starts. With so many options to choose from, both home made or café bought, this week I’m asking what the best drinks are to start your day with.
The Classic Cuppa
Whether you like your tea weak or strong, milky or black, green, red, or white (yes, they do all exist!), tea is a morning staple for many and I have some very good news for you! Not so long ago tea drinking hit the headlines of the Independent, with ‘people in the Netherlands being advised to drink five cups of tea a day’. In it, the Netherland’s Health Council explains that studies have linked tea drinking to many health benefits and to an improved ability to take in new knowledge. Tea is even being offered in some schools in a bid to make the most of tea’s wonderful effects. To benefit from the positive effects, however, the article advises that black or green but not herbal teas must be drunk.
With this in mind, a cup of tea seems like a great way to start the day. Whilst caffeine can be a great help in the mornings, if you’re going for your tea five a day, I’d recommend drinking some green or decaffeinated tea too to avoid overdoing it on the caffeine front.
A Good Old Cup Of Joe
I’m not going to lie to you, until about a year ago I was blissfully unaware that such a thing as a Cup of Joe existed. It does, and it is quite simply the affectionate term Americans give to their steaming mugs of coffee. Who doesn’t name their hot drinks, after all?
Personally I’m a total tea addict, with six cups a day probably being my average (thanks mum), but early morning lectures do get me craving a latte. Not the most hard core of coffees, admittedly, but still, you get the picture. If I can be persuaded to part with PG Tips in favour of a morning coffee, it must be important.
This time we turn to the Huffington Post for answers in their piece ’11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Everyday’. Ranging from claims that coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants for Americans to the smell of coffee making you feel less stressed, there are a lot of balls in coffee’s court. Perhaps the best for us students is that, according to research cited in the article, is that ‘those who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop liver cirrhosis’. We all know the potential effects of excessive alcohol consumption on our livers, and, whilst I’m not encouraging that, it means a post-night out cup of coffee might just be in order.
I LOVE smoothies. They’re just so refreshing and full of healthy ingredients like fruit, veggies, and natural yoghurt, what’s not to love? They’re more of a summer option for me, but I know many people choose a smoothie for the breakfast routine all year round. They’re a particularly good option if you want that early morning energy boost and nourishment, but can’t quite face eating anything so early.
There are many weird and wonderful (sometimes both) smoothies recipes out there. Go totally green with lots of healthy veggies thrown into the mix, or let your taste buds enjoy a sweeter start to your morning by packing in lots of fruit. I’ve added spinach leaves to fruit smoothies before and not been able to taste them, so there’s always a half-half option too for maximum goodness but also maximum flavour. Make them up with yoghurt, water, or other items like coconut water or almond milk. The only word of caution with the delicious smoothie is to be aware of the sugar content. If it’s predominantly fruit based, there’s the potential for a lot of natural sugar to be in there, so keep an eye on how much you’re consuming.
So there you have my breakfast drinks round up – what is your morning go-to? Are you passionate about your Flat White, on team Tetley, or an Innocent addict?
Until next time when I bring you a special edition talking all things Christmassy,
Good morning x