How to Make Your Coffee Healthy, might sound like a rather strange blog post… it’s just coffee, for goodness sakes. But here’s the thing – I don’t know about you, but it seems I can easily manage to take something that isn’t bad for me, and make it completely unhealthy.
I read the other day that over 50% of adults over the age of 18 drink this magical juice on a daily basis. Unfortunately, a large majority of coffee drinkers are continually adding to their waistlines by drinking popular coffee store versions — which are typically loaded with tons of extra calories and sugar. Did you know that a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha has 620 calories? That’s more than most candy bars!
So, what’s a coffee lover to do?
If you want to work on making your coffee healthy, there are ways to make sure you get your java fix without going over the calorie/sugar deep-end. Here are a few ways that work for me:
1. Try Spices instead of Sugars
Cinnamon and nutmeg don’t only have amazing healthy benefits, they are great ways to make your coffee taste sweet without the sugar. Try a dash in your cup and you’ll see what I am talking about.
2. Make Your Own Creamer
Here is a recipe for a clean-eating creamer that cuts back on the sugar and the calories by using vanilla and honey making it a mere 15-20 calories instead of hundreds! I’ll admit I do love my coffee with creamer and if I’m perfectly honest, I admit I used to drink creamer in every cup of coffee, but now I try to only add it in for special occasions (like Fridays). I’m all about hazelnut flavoring these days -my go-to when I use it is Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer hazelnut flavor.
3. Buy High Quality
Good coffee can be your best way to get your caffeine without having to doctor it up. Research a bit to find a blend or roast you really like so you don’t feel like adding too much to it. I’ve been hearing great things about Java Mama these days!
4. Stay Away from Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners may market to you like they are a better alternative to sugar, but usually they aren’t. If you can stay away from them, do. If you can’t go completely black with your coffee, try adding a small amount of stevia. While not 100% perfect, this choice is certainly better than consuming artificial sweeteners and refined sugar.
Remember, healthier coffee doesn’t have to be boring. You can still get your morning caffeine fix – just make better choices to keep it good for you!
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