Note: I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Nutritionals, LLC Subsidiary the makers of LACTAID®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.
If there was a way I could think my coffee order in the morning, and have it delivered bedside without moving a muscle, I probably would. My morning coffee is important to my day. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that the late nights working that were the cornerstone of my business life as a late 20-something and early 30-something just don’t work for me anymore. By the time my kids get in bed, I am ready for a complete mental break.
So, instead, I rise early. My alarms start going off just after 5 am, though sometimes it takes awhile for me to get up. Nonetheless, that’s my most productive time of the day. It’s when I am mentally sharpest, ready to write and soothed by the silence of my house. As long as I have my coffee first, of course.
Did you know that Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day? As a coffee lover, I encourage you to savor your coffee in honor of this occasion. Sip it a little longer. If you use special beans, slurp your cup of joe to get the full impact of the flavors on your tongue. Seriously — that works. When you slurp, more tastebuds get involved in the tasting of whatever it is you’re drinking.
Just don’t use that as a reason to slurp all the time. I mean seriously. Keep that for your private morning coffee time or something so your coworkers don’t think you’ve jumped on a one-way-ship to worst-coworker-ever-land.
My Favorite 30 Second Coffee Hack
Often, my morning coffee is just dark roast served with my favorite creamer. But some mornings, I want to treat myself. And on those morning, I have a fun coffee hack that makes my morning coffee all the better.
Easy Morning Caramel Coffee
- 1/4 cup LACTAID® Brand Reduced Fat Milk
- 10 oz brewed dark roast coffee
- 1 tbsp caramel syrup
- Heat the milk to steaming in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Remove from heat.
- In a mug, combine the coffee, milk and caramel syrup. Stir well, until the syrup dissolves.
- OPTIONAL: Finish this with a dollop of lactose-free whipped cream, and an addition drizzle of caramel.
That’s it: heated milk and a little caramel transform my basic morning coffee into a morning treat that I absolutely adore. It’s sweet and creamy and filled with flavor I love.
This recipe is made with LACTAID® Milk, which is real milk, just without the dairy, so those who are dairy sensitive can enjoy without a second thought.
4 More Ways to Hack Your Morning Coffee
- Use dark chocolate hot fudge instead of caramel to swirl into my recipe above.
- After adding your usual milk, stir in a tablespoon of hot cocoa mix for an instant mocha.
- Sprinkle your regular old morning coffee with cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger for a spiced experience.
- Freeze coffee in cube form. Then, after brewing your coffee, stir in cold milk, sweetener (if desired) and a few of those cubes — instant iced coffee that isn’t watered down. Score!
For 2016, I’ve partnered with LACTAID® Brand as a brand ambassador to spread the word about their line of lactose-free dairy products, including milk, ice cream and cottage cheese. You might remember the sundae I shared over the summer and the milkshake last spring — both lactose-free! The brand has also launched a No More #DairyEnvy campaign that’s committed to helping those with dairy sensitivity savor dairy with the milk that doesn’t mess with you. .
In their commitment to ending #DairyEnvy, this National Coffee Day, LACTAID® Brand partnered with Milk Bar, Christina Tosi and celebrity chef Marcela Valladolid to create exclusive coffee recipes made with LACTAID® Milk, such as Milk Bar’s Coffee Milk, Marcela Valladolid’s Iced Horchata Latte, Mexican Arroz con Leche and Mexican Mocha all made with LACTAID® Milk.
Do you have a favorite coffee hack that turns your morning joe from good to awesome? Share!
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.