Most people love starting their day with a cup of coffee. Whether you see it as a joyful part of your morning ritual or an absolute necessity to get your brain into gear, there’s just something magical about that first sip of coffee in the morning, right?
But your morning coffee can be so much more than a caffeine hit. With a few simple hacks, you can boost your coffee with extra benefits and turn it into one of your healthiest daily habits.
1. Limit sugar
It comes as no surprise that the first step to making a healthier coffee is to cut back on the sugar – especially refined sugars. Not only does it contribute substantial calories to your coffee, but research has also found that added sugars can lead to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s best to ditch the artificial sweeteners too – while they may be lower in calories, they often have unwelcome side effects, such as gas, bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort. If you can’t go without a little sweetness, try natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup instead and gradually reduce the amount over time.
2. Drink it black
Research shows that coffee offers many positive health benefits, such as increased energy and alertness and powerful antioxidants. Drinking your coffee black will cut out any unnecessary calories from milk or sugar, while leaving you purely with the good stuff.
3. Switch to plant-based milks
While cow’s milk is a good dietary source of essential vitamins, calcium and micronutrients, plant-based milks can provide a tasty alternative if you’re lactose intolerant, looking to reduce your dairy consumption or shifting to a more plant-based diet. Plant-based milks are also much better for the environment, so using them in your morning coffee can help to reduce your carbon footprint. But remember, not all plant-based milks are created equal. Many contain hidden sugars, so be sure to opt for unsweetened varieties. It’s also important to carefully read the label and find a milk that contains sufficient amounts of protein, vitamin D, iron and calcium.
4. Mix in the magic of mushrooms
Sure, mushrooms and coffee don’t immediately sound like a match made in beverage heaven, but rest assured this is one powerful combo to start your day! Functional mushrooms can add a huge health kick to your morning brew, brimming with benefits for both the body and the mind. Studies show that the adaptogens found in Cordyceps can help to reduce fatigue and support energy levels without over-stimulating the nervous system, helping to even out the jittery effects of caffeine. If you struggle with getting focused in the morning, research has found that Lions Mane promotes increased cognitive function and mental clarity. Give your coffee an immunity boost by adding Reishi, which has long been used for its adaptogenic and antioxidant properties to regulate stress and support the immune system. For healthy, nourished skin and organs, Tremella is rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties to support skin regeneration and protection.
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5. Sprinkle in cinnamon
Aside from giving your coffee a sweetly spiced flavour, cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, helps to reduce inflammation and has been linked to improving heart health and reducing blood pressure. Research also shows that cinnamon can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels, which means no more mid-morning sugar crashes!
6. Get your chocolate fix
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Adding unsweetened cacao powder into your coffee not only turns your morning cup into a delicious mocha treat, but it also offers a range of health benefits. Research shows that cacao is rich in both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and can help to balance cholesterol and improve digestion. But remember to enjoy in moderation.
7. Make it bulletproof
Made using a combination of high quality coffee, oil and healthy fats, bulletproof coffee has risen to popularity over the last few years and is enjoyed as a substitute for breakfast. There are claims that this creamy mix offers a variety of health benefits, such as maintaining energy levels, boosting metabolism and improving mental focus, however there has been no scientific research into its benefits as yet. Regardless, bulletproof coffee offers a delicious and filling alternative to your usual milk-based coffee – especially if you don’t have time for breakfast. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of either grass-fed, unsalted butter or coconut oil to black coffee, and mix together in a blender until creamy.
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