How to Live to Senior Year: Coffee

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

No need to go without caffeine, a cup of Joe can still fit into a healthy lifestyle./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

No need to go without caffeine, a cup of Joe can still fit into a healthy lifestyle./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

If you think drinking coffee every morning to wake yourself up is a bad habit, think again! Though some believe that having coffee each day can have bad consequences, studies have shown that a cup of Joe can actually give you health benefits.

For one, drinking several cups of coffee each day has been linked to a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes, whether it’s caffeinated or not. And coffee contains antioxidants, which helps prevent healthy cells from damage. Caffeine is also known to speed up metabolisms.

But, if you have a choice, try not to drink more than two cups of caffeinated coffee a day as it can cause sleeplessness and anxiety (just say yes to decaf)!

Unfortunately, places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have found a way to give coffee a bad name in the health world because of their drinks that are pre-loaded with sugar and cream. Add lots of extras to each cup of coffee you drink at home, and you’ll be sure to  end up with a drink that does more harm than good.

Here is a healthy recipe that you can use when you’re craving a cool, coffee drink in the dining hall!

You’ll need:

Black coffee (regular or decaf)
Ice
Vanilla soy milk
Cinnamon
Honey (optional)

Fill your glass 2/3 with black coffee, then add in some vanilla soy milk to give it some flavor. Mix in several ice cubes to cool the drink down and add a couple shakes of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, to taste. Stir it all together and you’ve got a yummy beverage that you don’t have to pay $4.50 for!

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