Your 9 Worst Coffee Habits

Your 9 Worst Coffee Habits

f you consume coffee often, you've probably developed your "own way"  to enjoy this versatile drink. However, no matter how you like your coffee, there are a few habits no one should be practicing when they drink it.

Why add unnecessary fats and sugars to a drink that doesn't need it? Or, why spend money on pricy fancy coffee to wake up in the morning when you can probably make it better yourself before you leavet home? Believe it or not, there are ways to sip on your morning cup without feeling any guilt. In order to stop your worst coffee habits, you have to be able to identify them first.

Think you're sipping coffee like a pro? Take a look at 10 of the worst coffee habits and see if any apply to you.

Adding Whipped Cream

Coffee isn't hot chocolate, so there's no need to treat it as if it were. Even if you're enjoying a non-traditional coffee drink, whipped cream is for dessert. It doesn't belong in your coffee.

Adding Sugar

Just as a salad becomes less healthy when you add dressing, coffee becomes less healthy when you add sugar. Putting sugar in anything can have dire consequences, and coffee is no exception.

Buying it, Not Making it

Have you ever stopped to calculate how much you spend on coffee each month? If not, we suggest you do so — the number can be staggering. Invest in a high quality coffee or espresso maker and prepare it at home in the mornings. This will save you a lot of money, even if you still need an afternoon pick-me-up at your corner coffee shop.

Depending on Creamers

If the only way you can drink coffee is with creamer, you might not love coffee as much as you think. Depending on the brand and flavor you're using, many creamers take away from coffee's natural flavor and add extra calories. If you insist on sticking to creamed coffee, take a look at our list on which ones to avoid.

Drinking It Before Bed

Slurp down a cup of coffee before you hit the hay and you'll be tossing and turning all night. We can understand why the idea sounds appealing, for a warm drink can provide a relaxing and smoothing aroma. If you need to sip on something hot before you go to sleep, try decaf instead.

Overloading on Caffeine

Drinking coffee regularly isn't a bad thing. In fact, it provides many health benefits. However, a caffeine overload can happen and it isn't good for the body. If you drink coffee on a regular basis, be sure to practice balance.

Splurging on the Venti

The more you drink coffee you drink, the quicker you'll become dependent on caffeine. If you need a cup of coffee to get your day started, that's fine, but we suggest starting with a smaller size. That way, you can ease your way throughout the day and enjoy another cup later, rather than gulping down a Venti and crashing in the afternoon.

Splashing in the Syrup

Syrup is one of the only sweeteners that isn't available in a healthier alternative. Even the "low calorie" or "nonfat" alternatives are still full of sugar.

Making it a Mocha

If your favorite way to drink coffee is in mocha form, you might as well be gulping down a milkshake. Your average, grande (medium) Starbucks caffè mocha contains a whopping 350 calories. Now ask yourselves, mocha maniacs — is it really worth it?