3 Dairy-Free Coffee Creamers

Note: This is going to be a ‘there are two kinds of people in this world’ post. I would apologize in advance, but I am not sorry.

There are two kinds of people in this world: Morning larks and night owls. Most of the world would be able to identify as one of the two, but there are some exceptions such as the never-fully-awake people, and the I-can’t-decide-so-I’m-going-to-say- both people. These two should just skip this article and work on solving those fatigue issues and indecisive problems, unless they are here for coffee, in which case, skip to the recipe below.

If you are still reading this, you are a morning or night person. Naturally, we can still function in both times, but I’m discussing our prime hours for concentration and productivity. For me, it’s morning. I wake up, my mind is fresh, and the world is slow and content. In high school, I would skip the late night cramming, opting to sleep and wake up hours to study before the bus came. If I had a decent night’s rest, this worked out very well. When I began working full time, I woke up early to write and edit before my job. If you are appalled by this routine, congratulations, you are are a night owl.

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Unlike personality tests that dictate which element you are based on your favorite ice cream flavor, “morningness” and “eveningness” has been studied since the 70s and 80s where scientific literature began using the term “chronotypes” to decipher between the larks and owl. A morning person is called M-types, a night person is called E-types, for ‘evening,’ and there are N-types for ‘neither.’ The studies show these tendencies prevail beyond discipline and habits; there are biological differences between the chronotypes.

  • Body Temperature
    • Every person’s body temperature varies in their cycles during the day, generally dropping to lowest values at night while we sleep. However, E-types are found to have lowest body temperature typically two hours later than the M-types. In some extreme examples of the two kinds of people, the physiological rhythms can be twelve hours apart.
  • Melatonin Production
    • Many are familiar with melatonin, the hormone which regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Scientists have found the increase in melatonin occurs earlier in morning people than night, thus making them sleepy and more inclined to go to bed while others are revving up for the evening.
  • Cortisol Production
    • Cortisol is a hormone that manages stress and prepares energy for the body. Have you ever wondered why some people can wake up and win a marathon, write a novel, run for president, and greet you with a chipper smile when you roll out of bed late on a weekend? Blame their hormone levels. Within the first hour of waking, M-types have higher cortisol levels than evening chronotypes.

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Unfortunately, most of us cannot base our schedules based off of our type and sleep needs due to work, school, social obligations, and other constraints. Still, being aware of our chronotype can help us accommodate different schedules and create routines that work with our biological clocks, such as choosing classes or work shifts in our prime hours, and tackling hard projects and decisions during that time.

If life can’t work around your chronotype, there’s always coffee. I’m not saying you should rely on it; in fact, that is a really unhealthy option. However, coffee does have its perks for late-night or early morning activities, especially freshly brewed while stirring glossy, white creamer into a warm mug. …Now I want a coffee. Alright then, I’m signing off for now.

Whether you are a night owl or a morning lark, E-type or M-type or N-type, enjoy your cup of joe!

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3 Dairy-Free Coffee Creamers

Vanilla Creamer:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Chocolate/Chocolate Mint Creamer:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp mint (optional)

Cinnamon Spice Creamer:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg

Stir the ingredients until well-blended and store in the fridge. Enjoy with freshly brewed coffee!

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