Out of all the amazing benefits Coffee comes with, number one has to be its ability to wake you up and get you going in just a few sips. But don’t we all fill it with sugary syrups and sweeteners to make it taste better, and then end up drinking it every morning, drowning ourselves with unhealthy calories that we are guilty of adding.
If you really are going to drink something everyday no matter what, make sure it’s healthy and does not become the reason of something terrible that can eventually lead you to giving it up all together. Coffee has innumerable benefits but anything in excess becomes harmful.
Here are 7 easy ways to make your daily dose of coffee nutritious and healthy:
Cinnamon has countless benefits and has been used since ancient times as a spice and a medicine as well.
Research shows that cinnamon improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in diabetics and also decreases the risk of heart disease.
A tiny pinch of cinnamon can have a profound effect when taken everyday. The fun part is that it tastes exceptionally amazing with coffee.
Choose an Organic brand
All plant based products are heavily sprayed with pesticides and numerous other toxins while growing and the same goes for coffee beans too.
Organic coffee beans are grown in natural conditions and are free of any pesticides or other chemicals. Not only are they more delicious but they are also much nutritious and healthier than regular coffee. Organic coffee can also help you shed those extra pounds by boosting your metabolism.Get your own restaurant quality espresso at home at qavashop.com.
Skip sugar and sweeteners
Latte’s and Caramel mochas are the new popular trends in coffee and they all come with tons of extra calories and leave you consuming way more sugar than you intended.
The World Health Organization suggests 25 grams (or less) of sugar per day for adults, and a typical caramel mocha contains almost 56 grams of sugar. Surprising isn’t it?
Having a coffee that is going to hit your system with this much sugar everyday, means gaining 5 to 10 extra pounds with in a month.
Drinking a simple black coffee is the only solution to avoid all of these issues.
If you just can’t have black coffee, try adding organic maple syrup or coconut sugar in little quantity. It will give a dash of sweetness and is way healthier than those artificial sweeteners and syrups.
Adding some Coconut Oil in your coffee can do wonders. It is not only good for your skin and hair but it also improves the taste of your coffee.
Coconut oil possesses antiviral and antibacterial properties and provides you with energy faster than other fats. The added fat will also keep you feeling satiated longer, so you’re less likely to snack on junk food later.
Coconut oil is also significantly beneficial for your brain. Scientists have researched successfully on reduction in Alzheimer’s disease rates by daily intake of coconut oil. It may also reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s as well.
If you grab a cup of coffee first thing in the morning then stop this habit immediately. That’s because you’re probably dehydrated after spending the night sleeping and getting in caffeine will make you even more dehydrated. Caffeine is a known diuretic, which means it removes water from your system and flushes it out into urine.
So its best to drink a big glass of fresh water as soon as you wake up. You’ll feel energized and ready to take on the day instantly.
Never on an empty stomach
Having coffee on an empty stomach can do some serious harm to your digestive system. It can damage your stomach lining and also cause indigestion and heartburn. It can even increase anxiety, give you jitters and hinder your ability to focus as well.
Caffeine also stimulates insulin release, causing a major drop in your blood sugar levels, leaving you tired and exhausted. Consider eating a small snack during your morning cup or instead, try drinking coffee in the mid-morning or early-afternoon.
Bring back those warm memories of hot chocolate in winters and try adding a little organic unsweetened cocoa to your cup of coffee.
Cocoa has several health benefits as they are loaded with antioxidants and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Just one teaspoon of cocoa in a cup of coffee will give you that delicious flavour that we all love!
Amanda Bentley has 5 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and currently works as a Content writer at Qavashop (www.qavashop.com). Qavashop.com is an online store for all the “coffee aficionados” located in the GCC. Apart from providing its customers with quality coffee machines and consumables, it also provides them with skilled, knowledgeable advice on how to make their own restaurant quality espresso at home.
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