10 perfect pairings for your caffeinated BREW
Need a little pick-me-up between meals? Caffeine and snacks have been a reliable combo since the dawn of time, fueling our energy between meals so we can tackle the rest of the day ahead.
But there's nothing worse than reaching for a quick bite to go with your tea or coffee, and realizing you've resorted to a junk food snack that just won't go the distance. Unfortunately, many classic coffee pairings like pastries and cookies are little more than calorie bombs in disguise: They spike your blood sugar to give you a short burst of energy, but leave you crashing a couple of hours later.
Today, we're here to help you snack smarter.
When you're looking for a snack to enjoy with your favorite brew, it's important to choose exciting small bites that are both delicious and nutritious, and today we're sharing our top 10 snack picks you'll love!
From savory bites that are satisfyingly wholesome, to sweet treats you can feel good about, we've got you covered for your next coffee break! Let's get started.
step 1: pick your brew!
Whether tea or coffee take precedent in your energizing mid-morning or afternoon break, there's plenty of ways to bring out the flavor of each brew with the snacks you nibble alongside. You really can't go wrong with any of these snack pairings below, so here's your cue to brew up your potion of choice with confidence!
Take your pick from any caffeinated beverage you fancy - from floral jasmine green tea and smoky spiced chai, to smooth and powerful cold brew coffee with cream, or a bold shot of espresso.
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step 3: treat your taste buds!
Why settle for bland and boring snacks when you can indulge in something that's both tasty and nutritious? These 10 delicious options all complement the fragrant, rich and bold flavors of tea and coffee beautifully, so you'll always come away feeling like your taste buds have had a treat! Let's get started making your perfect snack match...
Savory snacks are a great way to give your energy levels a boost alongside your caffeinated beverage. A few slices of turkey or ham, a handful of nuts, or some crackers topped with cheese are all tasty and nutritious options, or you can try one of our top picks below.
These snacks are great for adding protein to your diet, which will keep you feeling fuller and curb cravings between meals, making them a great sidekick for your coffee or tea break!
Here's our 5 favorite savory snacks that go down a treat with a cup of joe:
10. TURKEY, AVOCADO & SWISS PINWHEELS
These cute little tortilla rollups are not only easy to make, but pack a punch of balanced flavor that'll tantalize your taste buds and pair wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Plus, with the added bonus of healthy fats and protein, you'll feel energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.
To make them, simply spread mashed avocado on a tortilla, then layer on some turkey, cucumber, tomato and Swiss cheese. Roll it up tight, and slice into bite-sized pieces. It's that easy!
9. SMOKED SALMON & CUCUMBER SANDWICHES
Want to feel like you're having high tea at a fancy hotel? These smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches will transport you there. The combination of salty smoked salmon and fresh cucumber is light and refreshing, making it the perfect snack for a hot summer day.
8. MINI SPINACH & feta quiches
Quiche is a classic breakfast pairing, but it also happens to be a great coffee or tea snack anytime during the day!
Mini quiches and frittatas crafted with your favorite fillings like bacon and tomato, spinach and cheese, or zucchini and mint are not only delicious, but packed with flavor and protein, making them the perfect savory snack to pair with your favorite beverage.
Plus, they're easy to make ahead of time and can be reheated for a quick snack on the go, or for company.
7. TOASTED ENGLISH MUFFINS WITH HAM & EGG
Need something a little heartier? A toasted wholewheat English muffin with ham and egg might be just what you need to power through till dinner! The combination of savory ham, gooey egg, and crispy English muffin is the perfect way to quiet growling tummies. Just add a steaming cup of coffee or tea and you'll be energized and satisfied for hours!
6. CROSTINI WITH PROSCIUTTO, FIG JAM & GOATS CHEESE
If you're feeling a little fancy, try these crostini with prosciutto, fig jam, and goat cheese. The combination of salty prosciutto, sweet fig preserves, and tangy goat cheese is a flavor explosion in your mouth.
Plus, they're easy to make, taste super special, and are customizable with any seasonal fruits you'd like to add such as pears, fresh Mission figs, or juicy peaches. As a bonus, these elegant little bites are guaranteed to impress any guests you have over, too!
Just because you have a voracious sweet tooth, it doesn't mean you're stuck reaching for donuts, muffins or candy bars when it's coffee time!
Here's our 5 favorite healthier snacks that have just the right amount of sweetness to put a spring in your step:
5. DATE & ALMOND ENERGY BALLS
These little balls of goodness are fudgy, decadent, and give you a natural burst of energy that's irresistible! They're so easy to whip up at home by blitzing a handful of healthy pantry staples in your food processor and rolling them into bite-sized balls. They come together into a truffle-like mouthful, rich in delicious caramelly flavor.
Simply pulse together pitted Medjool dates, cacao powder, almonds and coconut, and customize the taste to your liking with vanilla, protein powder, or other nuts. Better yet, these filling, indulgent little bites are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and natural sweetness to perfectly complement your coffee with no added sugar! Plus, their small size makes them a great on-the-go snack to enjoy with your coffee or tea.
4. OVERNIGHT OATS WITH FRUIT & NUTS
Overnight oats are a delicious and convenient way to enjoy a healthy breakfast that's packed with fiber and protein.
They're easy to prepare the night before and can be customized with your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. The creamy texture and sweet flavor make them a perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning.
3. Wholemeal Banana & Walnut Loaf
Try a slab of classic banana bread made with wholewheat flour and packed with flavor and texture from the addition of walnuts. It's naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, making it a healthier option for a sweet treat. Plus, it's easy to make a big batch and freeze slices for later, making it a convenient snack to enjoy with your coffee or tea on the go, or spoil some lucky guests who drop by for a cuppa!
2. HONEY & RICOTTA SOURDOUGH TOAST
This elegant snack is a perfect combination of sweet and savory, that makes for a taste sensation that shines alongside your afternoon brew. Toasted sourdough bread is topped with creamy ricotta cheese and drizzled with honey for a delicious and satisfying treat. It's easy to make and can be customized with your favorite toppings like fresh seasonal fruit such as figs or apricots, and sprinkled with toasted walnuts or slivered almonds for a bit of crunch!
1. CHIA & YOGURT PUDDINGS
Chia puddings are a fun and unique way to enjoy a healthy and delicious snack. They're made with chia seeds, which are packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and are mixed with yogurt and your favorite toppings like fresh fruit and nuts. The creamy texture and sweet flavor make them a perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning or as an afternoon snack.