12 Coffee Hacks You Need in Your Life

Get your hack on for National Coffee Day.

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There are coffee people, and then there are coffee people. And often, coffee people turn into coffee people given some time. But, I digress. September 29 is a day for all the caffeinated souls to unite and celebrate those lovely, magical beans together and what better way to celebrate than learning new tricks to add to your java belt? Whether you want to make tastier iced coffee, learn how to recycle leftover coffee grounds or find the two-second cure to a bitter brew, you’ve come to the right place.

3 ICED COFFEE HACKS

Are you an iced coffee addict? Watch, and learn.

3 WAYS TO USE COFFEE GROUNDS

Homemade Coffee-Scented Soap

Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

Coffee Grounds Soap Bar

Use your leftover coffee grounds to make homemade coffee-scented soap. In addition to adding a contrast of color, the coffee grounds aid in exfoliation.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Leftover coffee grounds make for delightfully scented homemade soap. The grounds will also provide exfoliation.

Garden Booster

Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Plants like this creeping fig can benefit from the minerals found in coffee grounds.

That’s right — your garden can benefit from your coffee habit. Leftover coffee grounds can lower soil pH, fertilize plants, deter pests and feed the worms. Learn more here.

Homemade Face Mask

Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Mask

Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Mask

This sweet autumn scrub is perfect for an at-home spa day.

Use coffee grounds and pumpkin puree to enliven your looks. Our homemade scrub will give your face that I-just-had-a-cup-of-joe glow.

3 WAYS TO STEP UP YOUR COFFEE GAME

Make Your Own Syrups

Coffee Syrups

Coffee Syrups

For that friend who prefers a more flavorful coffee experience, gift them with coffee syrups from your grocery store's coffee aisle. Pour the syrups into oil pourers from a craft store and label the bottles for a more personal touch.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Make your daily coffee a bit more gourmet with homemade syrups. Simply stir two cups of sugar into two cups of water over low heat. Once the sugar dissolves, add in any flavor you’d like. Caramel sauce, vanilla extract, peppermint extract or smashed berries work well. (Be sure to strain out any berry chunks.)

Try an App Designed for Coffee Lovers

Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker

Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker

Almost as good as having a butler, the Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker from Belkin has WeMo connectivity, so you can start your morning coffee from the comfort of bed. Use a smartphone and the WeMo app to schedule up to a week’s worth of brewing plans. The coffeemaker is compatible with Apple (iOS 7.0 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher) devices, as well as non-morning people.

Photo by: Belkin

Belkin

There are tons of apps out there designed for people just like you. (I’m assuming if you’ve made it this far, you view coffee as liquid gold.) Try one of these 10 options to perfect your java routine.

Add Coffee to Your Smoothie

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Freezer Smoothie Bags

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Freezer Smoothie Bags

No need to chop in the morning when you create custom smoothie bags to keep in your freezer. Just pop the ingredients in, add 1-1½ cups liquid and blend. Your morning smoothie prep just got cut down from 15 minutes to two minutes. Get the recipe >>

Photo by: Rachael Hartley, RD

Rachael Hartley, RD

Are you a smoothie person, too? Combine your morning habits into one delicious concoction with our raspberry coffee smoothie recipe.

3 WAYS TO FIX COFFEE MISHAPS

Bitter Coffee?

Cup of cofee

Cup of cofee

Coffee takes a multi-step journey before it reaches your cup.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Hey, it happens. Next time you’re left puckering your lips, add a pinch of salt to your cup. Seriously, it works!

Coffee Stains?

The Many Uses of Baking Soda

The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Baking Soda: The non-toxic multipurpose cleaning product you should always have on hand. Baking soda can be used for deodorizing, cleaning, cooking, beauty rituals, science projects, putting out fires and more.

You know those beloved coffee mugs that have seen one too many sunrises? The ones with the permanent coffee rings left in the bottom? Great news: they can be salvaged! Simply sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your cup, and add a bit of water to create a paste. Grab a brush or a rough sponge, and get to work. Your cup should look as good as new with a little elbow grease.

Too Hot to Handle?

Don’t burn your hands. Make an adorable DIY coffee sleeve with an old sock or flannel shirt, instead.

12 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

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End the morning frenzies with these tasty, nutritious, make-ahead breakfast recipes created by registered dietitians.

Baked French Toast Cups

For a portable, kid-friendly breakfast that is lower in added sugar compared to many store-bought varieties and higher in homemade flavors, these little French toast cups are a dream! Make a batch on the weekend, freeze and reheat in the morning when you’re ready to eat. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Katie Serbinski, RD

Cinnamon-Puffed Rice Cereal

What are your requirements for a delicious cereal? Crunchy, sweet, filling and nutritious? If so, make a big batch of this simple, gluten-free breakfast cereal on your meal-prep day and enjoy it during busy mornings throughout the week. It is a must try since it can be made in under 30 minutes and tastes delicious both hot and cold. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: McKel Hill, MS, RD

Super Easy Breakfast Cookie

Cookies for breakfast? Indeed! There’s nothing easier or more exciting for little ones than a nutritious (and equally tasty) cookie for breakfast in the morning. This quick stir-together-and-bake cookie gives you everything you want in a breakfast without the extra sugar and junk you don’t. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Gretchen Brown, RD

Yogurt and Flaxseed Waffles

Break out the griddle on a lazy weekend morning and make a triple batch of homemade, healthy waffles. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in a large zip-top plastic bag, then pop in the toaster for a speedy breakfast during the hectic weekday morning rush. Top with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Eggs, oats, a ripe banana and fresh blueberries are all you need to make this fiber-rich, protein-packed breakfast. For homemade pancakes ready in less than a minute, make an extra batch, allow to cool and freeze between layers of parchment paper and store in an airtight baggie in the freezer. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Southwest Breakfast Burritos

Because some mornings you just don’t want to cook, keep your freezer stocked with these yummy breakfast burritos filled with eggs, southwest seasoned veggies, cheese and bacon all rolled up into neat little packages. They reheat quickly so you’ll have a warm, hearty breakfast in no time. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Amanda Finks, RDN

Egg Muffins

Need a breakfast that gives you the staying power needed to get you through the morning? These egg muffins are high in protein, low in carbs and — paired with a slice of whole-wheat toast and a glass of milk — will keep you full for hours while packing in the veggies first thing in the morning. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Meme Inge, MS, RD

Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins

These better-for-you breakfast muffins boast a secret ingredient to boost the moisture and protein: cottage cheese. Plus, they’re packed with fresh blueberries and kissed with a crispy and sweet whole-grain oatmeal streusel topping. With all this goodness, you’ll be begging for a second! Get the Recipe

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Photo By: Kristina LaRue, RD

Yogurt Parfait on a Plate

Looking for a different way to do yogurt? Plate it! Simplify the traditional stacked parfait by spreading all of the ingredients into a thin layer and then layering them one on top of the other. This speeds up prep in the morning and assures that you get a little something of everything in each bite. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Katie Morford, RD

Freezer Smoothie Bags

No need to chop in the morning when you create custom smoothie bags to keep in your freezer. Just pop the ingredients in, add 1-1½ cups liquid and blend. Your morning smoothie prep just got cut down from 15 minutes to two minutes. Get the Recipe

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  1. breakfast
  2. healthy

Photo By: Rachael Hartley, RD

Overnight Hashbrown Casserole

Three ingredients (plus some basic seasonings) and just a few minutes prep the night before result in a hearty and comforting bowl of hashbrown casserole goodness in the morning. Pop the casserole in the oven when you wake up and in just 30 minutes you’ll have a warm bowl of cheesy hashbrowns. Get the Recipe

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  2. healthy

Photo By: Regan Jones, RD

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Perfect for a portable breakfast, this overnight oatmeal combines heart-healthy oats, ground flaxseed, apples and walnuts then mixes with nutrient-rich milk for a delicious make-ahead breakfast packed with fiber, whole grains, healthy fat and protein. Serve the oats warm or cold with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt for a protein boost. Get the Recipe

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Photo By: Holley Grainger, MS, RD

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