This one goes out to all of my fellow coffee lovers out there! You know who you are- coffee is your non-negotiable every single day, usually more than once. You think about it, your dream about, and you savor every last drop in your mug. A lot of times when I am talking to someone who wants to try to eat cleaner and follow a fitness program they tell me ‘But I love coffee. I can’t give up COFFEE!!!’ Like, it is a deal breaker for them. Giiiirrrrrrllll, I can’t give up coffee either. That is just crazy talk. Coffee is actually really good for you and I encourage everyone to drink at least one cup a day. Besides boosting your metabolism, it is also proven to help lower your risk of developing diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and Dementia. So grab a cup o’ joe and keep on reading.
4 Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
- Coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine is one of the only natural substances proven to help burn fat.
- Coffee contains essential nutrients such as Magnesium, Potassium, and Niacin. It’s a lot more than just a cup of magical black water.
- Studies show that people who drink at least one cup of coffee daily have a 25-30% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Studies also show that people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables combined!
Now that we know some reasons why it is good for you, it is time to break down why people think that they need to give up it up to stay on track. It is all about what you put IN your coffee that can be the real issue. Coffee itself is good for you, as you can see above. If you load it up with creamer and sugar that is when you are going to negate the benefits of your daily cup of heaven.
You might ask if it’s really a big deal to use whole milk or creamer in your coffee if it’s only a few tablespoons? But even if you are only using two tablespoons, multiply that by 7 days a week/52 weeks a year. Those are empty, unnecessary calories that add up. Here are some suggestions of healthier options:
- If you like your coffee sweet: add honey, agave, or stevia.
- If you like your coffee spicy (think pumpkin spice latte): add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamon. These spices actually add even more health benefits such as added vitamins, iron, fiber, and can help stabilize your blood sugar.
- If you like your coffee creamy: instead of reaching for whole milk or one of those flavored creamers that are full of artificial ingredients try almond, rice, or soy milk or 1% cow’s milk.
- If you like flavored coffee: try adding 1/4 teaspoon of a pure extract such as vanilla, coconut, or almond.
If you want to take it one step further, you should give Bulletproof Coffee a try. This recipe from Wellness Mama contains coconut oil and optional organic grass fed butter. I leave out the butter since I don’t normally consume any dairy. Using coconut oil adds even more health benefits to your already healthy coffee. Hey, I am on a mission to prove to you that you should have coffee every day. I’m going all out! Ha! Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as antioxidant properties and it aids in the absorption of other minerals.
This recipe is like a legit latte but without all of the junk! SO good!
Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee before? Yay or nay?
- 1 cup coffee
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or more, up to 2-3 Tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon organic grass fed butter (optional if you are Vegan/dairy free)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- a few drops of liquid stevia (optional)
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix on high speed for 20 seconds until frothy. Drink immediately and ENJOY!