You may think that your addiction to caffeine is really rather harmless, and can possibly just change the color of your teeth a tiny bit, but you might be really underestimating the type of damage that your morning coffee is doing to you.
Depending upon the type of coffee that’s in your cup, or how you treat it, the calorie count can really be high up there, much higher than any other beverage, even possibly worse than a Coca-Cola for breakfast.
The tantalizing scent of coffee is really the killer, and even the image of coffee beans can call on a craving, but don’t let clever Starbucks tactics reel you in, especially when you don’t even want a coffee.
The local café may also seem harmless, and possibly cheaper, of course, because we all know those mainstream “gourmet coffee” joints are all overpriced, but they, too, hold danger and threatening content in a simple cup.
Making them from home might be the easiest and overall, cheapest investment in your daily routine for your liquid alarm clock. At least you know what is truly going into that cup, but it could also be harming to your health, and worse, at your own hand.
It might be hard to part ways with your daily cup of Joe, so we have laid out a few tips and tricks for you to cut down the calories and to make your coffee a bit safer, and healthier for you to drink, guilt-free.
Tricks to a Healthier Coffee:
Skinny it down.
If you want to get into those skinny jeans later without issues at the waistline, asking for skimmed milk or a “skinny,” is really a simple way to get the calories down in that coffee. Most baristas and cafés don’t ask before they pour, and in your order, you are getting whole fat milk, which you may not even be drinking at home.
This simple change can be a surefire way for you to avoid the extra calorie-count in just the addition of milk to your cup.
Watch out for refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Though you might have heard somewhere, some time ago, that sweeteners like Splenda were much better for you than regular sugar, you might want to do more research. These options can be easily replaced to tone down the amount of sugar in your coffee, which when drinking these gourmet lattes, are packed overboard with grams of sugar and skyrocket over your daily amount.
Instead of reaching for the packets or sugar shakers, opt for weaning down on your sugar and getting used to black coffee. If you aren’t at that point yet, you can add coconut sugar, or organic maple syrup as a sweetener.
If you can, opt for filtered water and organic beans.
When making your own coffee, this might be an easier and less demanding way to order your coffee. When it comes down to it, the original cup of coffee is made up of 99 percent of water. The ingredients really make any type of dish, so opting for the highest quality of ingredients, even when it comes to a simple cup of coffee can make an entire world of difference.
Use filtered water for your coffee, because normally, you don’t even drink straight from the tap, so why would you put it in your coffee?
When it comes to spending a few extra bucks for the organic version of your favorite coffee beans, you can scrape a few healthy points that way as well. Because coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides (normally), around the world, controlling what you put into your body by buying organic beans can help make you a bit more insured with your coffee choices.
Artificial Creamers are also a No-No.
These little innocent additives in your cup, though they might entice with names like Hazelnut and Vanilla Bean, they are loaded with extra sugars that are completely unnecessary, even though your taste buds might tell you differently.
These creamers can easily be replaced, with rice milk, which also comes in various flavors, like vanilla. It is more on the watery side, so you can really feel the natural taste of your coffee with this additive. Coconut milk is a lactose-free creamer for your coffee which comes with healthy fats, help with weight loss and have medium-chain triglycerides which can provide you extra energy that the caffeine doesn’t cover. Almond milk is also another popular choice, not only for your coffee but just to replace your milk altogether. It can transform your morning cup, however, into a toasty flavor, all while keeping the coffee organic and healthier for you. Soy milk is usually the creamiest, creamer substitution when it comes to choices. You can even get a soy milk creamer, or use the original soy milk.
Eat before you drink.
This doesn’t just apply to alcohol. Coffee works better on semi-full or full stomach. Even though you might not be able to stomach a full, hefty breakfast, it is important for you to eat something before you put in all that caffeine into your body.
Honestly, the effect is actually reversed. Caffeine on an empty stomach kick starts your insulin into your body. Once your insulin gets going, you can be left feeling depleted and tired, which is the exact opposite result of what you are looking for when taking in your morning cup of Joe. Even though it is a small piece of toast or a banana, pairing coffee with a small bite of are
Eating breakfast, on the other hand, is also extremely important and beneficial to you and your body. There are loads of research found that backs up and supports the advice of grabbing a bite to eat before you head out the door. The twenty minutes to an hour right after you wake up is crucial to kick start your metabolism during the day and get your body going.
There are many other ways that you can get your coffee to a healthier state, but our list just had five simple ones that you can implement tomorrow morning, and see how you feel. The reaction or results, of course, are probably not instantaneous, but it truly is a work in process. Other tips, to go above and beyond these simple tricks, would be to add coconut oil, collagen, cinnamon, cocoa, or grass-fed butter.
If you are really looking to turn your morning cup into a healthy state of being, be completely mindful about from where and what you are ordering. Perhaps brewing your coffee in the comfort of your own home not only has its benefits of having that steaming cup of goodness brought right to your bed (hopefully by a loving partner or child), but you can also know directly what is in the coffee you’re putting into your body. These reasons, also paired with a cheaper priced and possibly healthier breakfast — let’s face it, cafés never have “healthy” pastry products on display, can save you money during the entire month and year, and also get you into a healthier body and state of mind.
Your breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, and when you combine that with your coffee, you can kick start everything healthily and fully.