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Day 19:

Lower-Sugar Breakfast Beverage Hacks

When most of us think of breakfast drinks, coffee, tea, milk, and fruit juices come to mind. Today Andrea is sharing some of her favorite unique lower sugar breakfast beverage tips.

Try one of her suggestions or post your favorite lower-sugar breakfast drink with #BarbarasSugarReset!


~ The Barbara’s Team

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day as it wakes up our brain and sets the tone for the day. If you are like me, a creature of breakfast habit, then I invite you to get a little creative and break away from the routine while staying in the lower-sugar zone. 

Hot Pumpkin and Goji Berry Smoothie

This simple-to-make smoothie is a meal in itself, as it is chock full of nutrients and an ample dash of healthy fats from hemp and pumpkin seeds. If you are looking for an alternative beverage to start your day, this may be it!

Herbal Teas

Traditional breakfast teas are great in the morning, but let’s not forget our herbal friends! Many can satisfy your desire for sweetness naturally, such as the various berry teas (e.g. blueberry, goji, blackberry, and mixed berries), peppermint, apple and cinnamon, ginger, hibiscus (my favorite) and more. Hot or cold, herbal teas are a great lower-sugar way to start your day, especially with a squeeze of lemon. 

Carob Beverage

Carob is a caffeine-free, sugar-free, chocolate-like food that is an alternative to coffee and hot chocolate. Simply add 1 tablespoon carob powder and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to 6 ounces of boiling water and stir well. Add a dash of almond or coconut milk and enjoy! 

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Unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk (unsweetened or original flavors)

These nondairy beverages are low in sugar and you can enjoy them on their own, add them to a low-sugar cereal, oatmeal, or hot quinoa, or use as a base for a breakfast smoothie. 


New Orleans is famous for its mixture of coffee and chicory, a perennial plant whose root is ground up and used as a coffee substitute and complementary ingredient. But you don’t need to live in the Big Easy to enjoy this beverage. Chicory is naturally caffeine free, which appeals to those who can’t stomach caffeine. A brand I really like is Teeccino. 

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Most commercial coffee creamers, whether they are dry or liquid, are expensive and full of sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Try making your own coffee creamer using natural ingredients. Check out this recipe for some inspiration:

Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of Her passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances.