For some, coffee is a hot beverage that helps them get out of bed in the morning. For others, coffee is a passion, a religion, and their lifeblood. Beyond having antioxidant properties and an energy-boosting dose of caffeine, it is the perfect beverage to start the morning off on the right foot and help support immunity. Here are five ways you can turn this must-have morning staple into a supercharged health supplement.
If you’re a gym buff or just looking to incorporate more protein into your diet, adding high-quality protein powder to your morning java is the perfect way to improve your coffee’s flavor and nutritional qualities.
Finding the right protein powder to your coffee can be a bit of a juggling act. You want to be sure to get something that isn’t full of additives and fillers while finding a brand that blends well with the coffee and maintains its delicious flavor. Whey protein has been proven to assist with fat loss and lean muscle growth and maintenance. By adding it to your coffee, you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Make it a Paleo Pumpkin Spice
Most Paleo coffee recipes include spices, oils, and non-dairy milk alternatives. This one takes Paleo coffee to the next level while paying tribute to the oh-so-famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. All you need is:
- 1 cup black coffee
- ⅓ cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
- 2 tbsp grass-fed butter
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Add all the ingredients to your blender, and serve hot to enjoy. Pumpkin puree is filled with Vitamin A and dietary fiber, so it’s a great addition to you diet.
Rock a Java Smoothie
A smoothie doesn’t always have to be a fruit-based concoction with added greens. Coffee makes a great base on which to build a smoothie with complementary additives. Use cooled, strong coffee as your base, add coconut milk, throw in some natural peanut butter, mashed banana and a bit of dark chocolate and blend. Drink cold and enjoy your energy boosting, delicious morning beverage that will make your fellow daily commuters jealous.
Skip the Sugar
Lots of coffee lovers load their cup of joe with sugar to offset the sometimes bold, bitter taste of their brew. However, once you learn to appreciate a well-made coffee for what it is, sweetener becomes unnecessary. Think about it: if you put one teaspoon of sugar in each coffee you drink, and you drink two coffees a day, that’s an extra 10,000 calories a year that could be saved for extra special desserts!
If you insist upon having sweetener, look at healthier alternatives like raw honey, coconut milk, organic vanilla, or a touch of molasses, the last of which offers a lot of punch in a small amount and is surprisingly high in iron and thus great for people at risk of anemia.
Coffee, Tea or… Both?
Committing to coffee isn’t a life sentence; you’re allowed to dabble in herbal teas. In fact, you may well want to mix them together! As crazy as it may sound, mixing herbal teas into your coffee adds a powerful flavor boost in addition to the added health benefits of the different herbal concoctions. This should come as no surprise, given the success of the well-loved chai tea latte.
Your new mad mixology will take some creativity and culinary skill. Some flavors of herbal tea will mix poorly with coffee. On the other hand, light coffees will work better with some herbal blends while dark coffees will work well with others. Try different ratios of coffee to tea to make sure that one flavor doesn’t overpower the other.
What’s your favorite way to supercharge your morning brew? Oh – and did you know it can help you live longer?