It’s the middle of October, and with 8am classes and late nights it’s easy to have fallen into a habit of spending your money and the day’s calories at your college’s local Starbucks. However, you may be surprised to learn that theres many ways to get your daily caffeine without spending the last of your money, compromising your health, or ever even leaving your college campus.
Green tea is one such option. Green tea has less caffeine than your everyday cup of Joe and it’s also packed with health benefits such as powerful antioxidants and potent disease fighters (always a bonus when living in such close quarters with tons of new people.) It is also easy to brew yourself even in your dorm room, saving you some major cash at the campus coffee shop. If you have a Keurig simply switch out your coffee with green tea, available at all major retailers. Or heat a cup of water, using a water heater or your dorm microwave, and stick in a tea bag- which you can buy in packs of 12 or 24 for the same cost as two cups of coffee at Starbucks.
Lemon water is another healthy cost effective option and it’s totally simple. All you have to do is slice up half a lemon and squeeze the juice into a glass, for a stronger taste you can just toss the remains straight into the water. There are tons of great benefits to drinking lemon water including helping with weight loss and building your immune system, learn more about these great benefits on Shape.com. It’s also completely cost effective: lemons are one of cheapest fruits and can be kept for multiple weeks. Also you can buy lemon juice at all local markets and that can be kept for even longer periods. Lemons are also common at college cafeteria’s and you can go to almost any coffee shop and ask for a free lemon water. Yes, I just said FREE.
Pomegranate Smoothies, like the Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up at Jamba Juice, or even just Pomegranate juice are another healthy option to wake you up for those morning classes. Sweet and tangy, Pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and energizers that your cup of coffee can only dream about. While smoothies at Jamba Juice can set you back about five dollars for the original size, the additional fruits and health boosts (especially energy or daily vitamin) can be essential to supporting you during your long college days. Plus if you want to be economical, Pomegranate juice can be kept for weeks in your dorm fridge and easily found at many local grocery stores.
Hopefully trying a few of these options (even substituting them for your cup of coffee every couple of days) will keep you awake and healthy during the rest of your fall semester.
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