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INFOGRAPHIC: The Healthiest Way To Get Your Caffeine Buzz

Scientists have decreed that caffeine may help boost brain alertness. Oh, really? Welcome to the latte line! Bless their hearts and ours, however, because they’ve also given caffeine a cardiovascular OK and eased the onetime fear that it’s this big, bad contributor to cancer and osteoporosis. Drink to that! Just do so with something better than a gallon of high-octane energy drink. The amount of caffeine you consume plus how it’s brewed and what ingredients are added matter, too. Here’s what to order.

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And if you skip a cup or two of your morning coffee, you leave room in a 300 mg daily caffeine budget for other forms of zing. Allow us to tempt you with 9 coffeehouse-inspired recipes made better the Live Better America Kitchens way.

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  • Iced Vanilla Soy Latte

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/iced-vanilla-soy-latte-cooking-for-2/c18cfafa-2712-4b3e-8a43-4742aa25d12c?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Love lattes? Pull off this coffee-shop drink in just a few minutes, using dairy-free soymilk.

  • Mocha Coolers

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/mocha-coolers-cooking-for-2/f8f5d236-c6ae-425d-9055-cc77efcd68f2?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Four ingredients, five minutes: coffee-shop drinks for two. You can do it!

  • Cappuccino Granita

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/cappuccino-granita/81a4f723-4acc-4eff-b940-6aa25e2454e9?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Italy is famous for its frozen desserts like this icy granita with strong coffee and cocoa flavor.

  • Chai Tea

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/chai-tea/8bcda1b7-0cd3-4e00-bbec-b481cd9b4b6d?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> No need to pay coffeehouse prices when it’s this easy to make the classic Indian sweet and spicy tea.

  • Spiced Up Café Latte

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/spiced-up-cafe-latte/fe4d4333-436a-411d-8887-5c9846b33a55?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Enjoy this hot and spiced café latte that’s ready in just 10 minutes! Perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Healthified Mocha Scones

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-mocha-scones/8955e63f-c278-4a31-a7f0-de905f0cd9d3?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Take a minute to unwind with a cup of coffee or tea and a mocha scone.

  • Peach Chai Spice Tea Pops

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/peach-chai-spice-tea-pops/923a6c4b-3ff6-455b-bbee-f9aed58bdd81?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> This frozen pop is made with chai spice tea, fresh peaches and a touch of honey.

  • Tropical Tea

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/tropical-tea/d4d9b3cc-e803-4b4c-96fc-020041f92cc9?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> Iced tea becomes a tropical orange treat when it's mixed with fruity flavor.

  • Chocolate Espresso Mousse

    <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/chocolate-espresso-mousse/12ccd522-9afc-467c-9fd5-5b65b5fe6acd?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_blank">Get the recipe</a> With just five ingredients including soymilk and a mere 15 minutes, you can have a fancy mousse dessert.

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