Coffee is THE BEST. Seriously, I love the stuff. I don’t drink it like a use to, but I still religiously have one every morning. Almost always at 6:30 after my workout. It is my strongest motivator for working out. I think you would have to drag me out of bed kicking and screaming like a spoiled child without it.
So, my coffee needs to multifunction and do more than wake me up and give me gut rot.
How and what kind of coffee I drink coffee has changed a lot as I have aged. In my teens and early twenties, I only had one question about my coffee “are refills free?” My friend actually threatened for years to get a shirt made for me that said “refills better be free”. Then, in my late twenties/early thirties my questions changed to “is it ethically sourced?” “Is a fair wage being paid?” “What are the environmental impacts?” All super important questions that I am trying to get back to… but not there yet.
Then I had kids and all that went out the window and my new questions were “do you have a drive through?” (because I have sleeping babies in my car and there is no way I am messing with that) and “is your coffee strong?” Like, could it wake the dead strong, because that is how I feel?.
Even though we are past the days of being up with babies all night, we are still not 100% out of the weeds. So, my coffee needs to multifunction and do more than wake me up and give me gut rot. I stopped eating dairy (other than cheese- that would be nuts!), almost a year ago, which meant learning to drink my coffee straight up. Hard core right?
Turns out my stomach does not love that, so I got creative one morning desperate to have a creamy coffee without the milk and added my new secret (now, not so secret) ingredient…almond butter. Yep, and it rocks. Seriously, a great pick me up after a workout and before eating my actual breakfast. Then I added a few more things to see what else I could make my coffee do. Now the coffee concoction includes almond butter (1tbs), cinnamon (a pinch), Coco/reishi powder (1tsp) and sometimes if I have a sweet craving a little bit of manuka honey (1tsp). I blend it all up and boom, it is the bomb?. The blending part is important to get a latte-like consistency, so don’t just try to stir it. I think shaking it in mason jar could also do the trick if you don’t have a blender.
Here are the claims for what these things are good for:
Coffee: The biggest claim for coffee is its high antioxidants. It is known to have all sorts of potential health benefits such as improving longevity, burning fat, lowering the risks of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. You can read all about it here.
Coco: Rich in Polyphenols. In other words, they have those antioxidants that have been said to be helpful for inflammation, lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow and brain and heart health. You can read all the details in here.
Reishi: In case this is a new one for you, Reishi is a mushroom. Reishi is most commonly associated with boosting the immune system and having anti-cancer properties. You can read more about it here. There are some warnings with this one, so I would definitely do your research to see if it is right for you.
Costco Almond Butter
Almond butter: I use this mainly to give myself a little shot of protein after I work out in the morning. It is known to have good fats, vitamin E, magnesium, protein and fiber. You can read more about the health benefits of almond butter here.
Manuca Honey?: Best tasting honey ever. I use this stuff for everything from sore throats, cuts, cold sores and of course, in my coffee. It is known to have properties that are antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Just a heads up, this honey is not cheap and not something you would spread on your toast (although, that would be delicious). It is meant to be used more medicinally. You can read more about it here.
Here is another great article on the health benefits of coffee- which also includes potential risks. You can read it here.
So, what do you put in your coffee? Would love to hear from you.
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