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Yes, you can make healthy mocha and vanilla ice coffee — here's how!

If you go to bed dreaming about your morning coffee, then you’re in luck. It turns out, a cup of joe is more than just a tasty way to start your day — the sip boasts some serious health perks: Studies suggest it’s associated with a decreased risk for Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and reduced risk of death. Coffee also delivers a shot of energy and can help power you through a workout.

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Make lo-cal versions of your favorite iced coffee drinks: Joy's Diet SOS

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Make lo-cal versions of your favorite iced coffee drinks: Joy's Diet SOS

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But sip strategically! When you start sprinkling in the sugar and pouring in the cream and syrupy add-ins, you can easily get into trouble in the form of extra calories, fat and sugar. Instead, try two of my favorite ways to enjoy iced coffee during warmer months:

Add some vanilla va-va-voom to iced coffee.

Start with your favorite cup of chilled coffee. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a generous splash of vanilla almond milk, and an optional 1 teaspoon of sugar. And here’s my secret trick: To prevent the ice cubes from watering down your brew, make your own “coffee cubes.” Pour leftover coffee into ice cubes trays, then freeze and pop ‘em in your java.

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This genius hack will keep your iced coffee cold

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This genius hack will keep your iced coffee cold

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Blend up a healthy iced mocha coffee.

Like your coffee frozen and frothy? You’ll love my Iced Mocha Coffee, which is a tasty trifecta of chocolate, coffee and caffeine. In a blender, mix 1/2 cup brewed cold coffee, 1/4 cup skim milk, 1 generous tablespoon chocolate syrup and 4 to 5 ice cubes. Pour into a glass and top with a squirt of whipped cream. Cheers!

For more delicious recipes, check out Joy's cookbook From Junk Food to Joy Food and follow her via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.​

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