Depending on how much sugar you’re dumping in, your coffee cup might not always be the picture of health. However, that black gold in the morning can be the difference between a great day and feeling like you should still be in bed.
Now, you can feel even better about drinking it because you have a list of scientifically-backed healthy coffee tricks from which to learn.
1. Drink Black Coffee
Did you know that depending on what goes in your coffee, you can add up to 630 calories? Stick to black to keep your cup of joe low calorie. If you don’t like black coffee, there are several other ways to get a creamy cup without the huge number of calories that store-bought coffees have.
2. Use Almond Milk
Light, nutty, and delicious, Almond milk is a healthy way to lighten up your java. It adds only 80 calories. Almond milk is a great alternative to heavier creamers, especially for those who can’t have dairy.
3. Forget About Artificial Creamers
Beware of trans fats in your coffee if you use artificial creamers. Some of them might be tasty, but they can pack a lot of unhealthy fat into your morning cup of joe. It’s usually better to just forget they exist and leave the chemicals and unhealthy fats with them.
4. Use Organic Beans
Leave the pesticide residues, and unhealthy farming practices on the supermarket shelf and opt for healthy true organic beans.
5. Embrace Cinnamon
Cinnamon is not only delicious in coffee, but it’s also been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. More recently, modern scientists are finding out about its powerful antioxidant properties. Just a sprinkle in your cup adds a warm, deep flavour and makes for a healthier coffee.
6. Chocolate (Unsweetened Cocoa Powder Or Dark Chocolate)
Unsweetened and dark chocolates have a host of benefits of their own, including possibly improving brain functions, as well as being a perfect complement to your morning cup. Add a pinch of shaved dark chocolate with almond milk for a smooth flavour and a hint of nuttiness.
Believe it or not, you can have a beautifully foamed cup of rich coffee without any extra equipment, and healthy butter is the secret. While it sounds strange, once you’ve tried it, you will forever be a fan.
8. Avoid Drinking Coffee On An Empty Stomach
While it’s not common knowledge, the acids in coffee can make you feel just a bit queasy if you drink it on an empty stomach. This makes it harder to eat a healthy breakfast. Try to eat healthy first, then enjoy your coffee.
9. Add Turmeric To Your Coffee
A powerful antioxidant, and inflammation reducer, turmeric is also a delicious aromatic with multiple health benefits. Add some turmeric to your coffee for a healthy flavour you can feel truly good about drinking.
10. Mix Your Coffee With Coconut Water
Did you know that coconut water showed no difference in the ability to hydrate compared to sports drinks in a 2012 study? Add that hydrating power to your java! Iced coconut coffee is great on a hot day and easy to make, too.
You can make iced coconut water coffee by using a quarter cup of coarsely ground coffee per cup of coconut water and refrigerating overnight (12 to 24 hours is best).
11. Add Coconut Oil
In addition to butter, coconut oil has been shown to offer the benefits of medium-chain fatty acids, which may boost the immune system. That’s awesome and all, but it also tastes great in coffee, so you have a win-win with coconut oil in your coffee.
Adding a healthier fat to your coffee may boost your health, but it will also make it rich and add great flavour.
12. Reduce Your Syrup Pump (If You Can’t Ditch It)
Syrups are made of sugar and flavouring, so adding them is basically adding a large portion of highly refined white sugar. That’s not healthy for you. If you are used to two pumps of syrup, cut back to one, which will halve the amount of sugar in your coffee.
13. Take A Coffee Nap
Feeling exhausted and need to add a bit of pep to your step? Harness the power of science by taking a coffee nap. Because of how your brain works, taking a 20-minute nap after drinking your coffee will allow you to use the caffeine more efficiently, making your feel even more awake.
14. Add Collagen To Coffee
Your coffee can help your skin look better, hydrated, and rejuvenated if you add collagen creamer to it regularly. Over time, the benefits of taking a collagen supplement will show on your skin, and your healthy java will have done the trick.
15. Add A Hint Of Protein
High protein diets may lend themselves to weight loss, as they can help you feel less hungry. Adding protein to your coffee is easier than you think, too. You can add a hint of protein powder, collagen, or butter, and you’ve done it. The health benefits of added protein are all yours.
16. Try DIY Flavour Recipes, With No Artificial Syrups
You don’t need to use sugary or artificial syrups to flavour your coffee. You can use healthier alternatives. One such option is a delicious pumpkin spice Bulletproof coffee, which comes with the added benefits of cinnamon and butter.
17. Add Some Ashwagandha Powder
Ashwagandha powder may sound like a funny ingredient, but it also shows clinically significant potential in reducing the symptoms of anxiety in at least two studies. The most popular way to eat ashwagandha is in powder form, which can you just scoop into your java.
It has a somewhat bitter flavour, as does black coffee. This flavouring with healthy benefits does well in milk, which adds it to hot, creamy coffee with a natural sweetener, an excellent choice for elevating your java.
18. Add Cayenne – Spice It Up!
Like some spice with your hot coffee? If you haven’t tried it, you should. There are at least five health benefits of cayenne, and it also complements the coffee flavour really well. Because of the capsaicin in cayenne, you’ll add a healthy and spicy kick to your cup. Try it with our spicy coffee recipe.
19. Ferment Your Coffee
In general, fermented food or drinks are easier to digest and helps improve gut health. Fermented coffee isn’t any different. Do it and you’ll also notice some nice changes in your drinks flavour.
You have a list of healthy coffee tricks that taste great and really work. From cutting excess sugar to adding beneficial flavours and fats to your coffee cup, we hope you’ve found a new way to make healthy coffee part of your morning routine.