Nutritionist Jenna Hope made some sugar substitution suggestions to Women’s Health that are easy swaps to make your morning ritual a little healthier. One idea is rather than using sugar, use whipped coconut cream to make the drink fluffy. To make life a tad simpler, you can buy canned coconut cream at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (via Thrive Cuisine). Another option Hope listed was using whipped aquafaba. You can get this fun-to-say ingredient ready by shaking a can of chickpeas, opening it, and reserving just the liquid for your whipped coffee.
If it’s the caffeine you are concerned about, Hope recommends going the matcha route. Not only does matcha slow down the release of caffeine, diminishing the spike and crash factors, but it also has properties that may enhance relaxation. (Not to mention, the vibrant green color of matcha makes for a refreshing social media picture.) Wow, It’s Veggie even offers a versatile, vegan-adaptable recipe for Dalgona matcha that uses coconut cream or an egg white or aquafaba with sugar or stevia, matcha powder, and the milk of your choice. Talk about options!