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3 Coffee Shop-Inspired Drinks That’ll Help Burn Extra Calories, Curb Cravings, and Flush Fat

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We all could use a caffeine boost from time to time, but without the extra calories that comes with buying a sugar-filled coffee drink. Luckily, you can recreate those coffee shop-style drinks at home with these three healthy and delicious sips!

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Boosts metabolism

A single cup of coffee can help you burn an extra 150 calories a day — enough to shed 16 pounds each year. Thanks goes to the caffeine, which investigators reporting in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition say prods cells to burn more energy to generate body heat.

Curbs Cravings

A cup of joe in the morning can reduce blood-sugar fluctuations by 50 percent, plus ward off all-day cravings, say USDA scientists. That’s because the brew brims with chlorogenic acid, which increases cells’ sensitivity to the blood sugar–regulating hormone insulin.

Flushes ‘False Fat’

Plant compounds in coffee and tea (called polyphenols) help dial down the release of vasopressin, a hormone that causes your body to retain fluids. So much so that you can shed up to four pounds of water weight in a month just by sipping on coffee daily, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Now onto the yummy healthy coffee shop drinks you should make at home soon!

Cinnamon-Orange Sipper

Cinnamon-Orange Sipper
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  • 8 ounces chilled coffee
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest

In ice-filled glass, mix first three ingredients; top with zest. Makes 1 serving.

Creamy Almond Contentment

Creamy Almond Contentment
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  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1⁄2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Mix almond milk and honey; pour into ice-filled glass. Add coffee. Whisk cream and cocoa until frothy; spoon over drink. Makes 1 serving.

Matcha-Latte Magic

Matcha Latte Magic
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  • 1⁄2 cup light coconut
  • 2 teaspoon matcha powder milk
  • 2 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together matcha powder and one tablespoon hot water. In ice-filled glass, combine matcha mixture, coconut milk, agave and vanilla. If desired, garnish with mint. Makes 1 serving.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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