Beverages are kind of my thing. I honestly could drink all my calories and never eat a damn thing. And let’s face it, coffee is the highlight of my day most days. Unfortunately, due to my adrenal fatigue and my recent crashes, I am on decaf. Ugh. At least it’s better than nothing.
But coffee can hide a ton of calories if you’re not careful. With all the sweeteners and flavoured creamers there is a lot of hidden sugar. First of all, I will advise you to drink your coffee black. I know, I know. Most people aren’t into it.
When I started drinking coffee, I was all about lattes. After I realized how awful all the cream, sugar and bloat was making me feel yuck I decided to try coffee black. Blech! It wasn’t awesome. I thought back to a couple years before where I had learned the science behind changing your palate. Basically, it’s all about exposure. The more you have something, the more your taste buds get used to it and you eventually like it.
So I decided to give it a try. At that point I was drinking the horrible office coffee with 1 cream and 1 sugar. Gross, I know. So I replaced the cream with another sugar to help me get used to it. That transition wasn’t too bad so I did that for 2 weeks then I took it down to 1 sugar and did that for 2 weeks. Then I kicked the sugar completely. In ONE MONTH! I had changed my palate and actually enjoyed drinking black coffee. And it opened up a whole new world to me. I actually noticed the taste of the coffee rather than the sugar and sweetener. Crazy, right?
But there are ways not just to reduce the calories in coffee but also add nutrition! And a sexy little spicy pep in your step…
Cinnamon is amazing in coffee! Not only does it add a spicy little kick to your morning java but it has been proven that half a spoon of Cinnamon per day can reduce blood sugar levels, and cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. It also is an anti-inflammatory which is amazing for your gut and joints. So, dash a little cinnamon in and enjoy the spicy little kick in your morning step.
I know, WHAT?! But like the title says, trust me. Turmeric has a component called Curcumin, which has HUGE antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatories. It also tastes sooooo good. Another nice little spicy kick and a great complement to the Cinnamon.
You pay through the nose for Vanilla-flavoured coffee drinks but what they are putting in your coffee is far from Vanilla. It’s mainly sugar. The last thing you need to do in the morning is spike your blood sugar and have it crash by 10 AM. It just sets you up for a day filled with blood sugar crashes and hangry passive-aggressive emails to your incompetent co-workers. Skip the sweetener and put a little natural Vanilla extract in your coffee instead. It will add the flavour you want, sweeten your coffee without alienating your entire office.
4. (Optional) Coconut Oil
If you are like me, there is nothing like a latte. Something about the frothy goodness makes me feel like I am feeding my soul fairy dust. Buuuuut, I’m NOT into a ton of cream or milk in the morning. It’s a bunch of added calories, bloat and inflammation and my tummy just does not need that first thing in the morning. Enter Coconut Oil. I know, this one is weird. But try it! Add a tablespoon of coconut oil in your coffee, blend it in a blender and it will froth up so good and give you that latte feeling. PLUS, the added fat will help your body process the nutrients from the Cinnamon and Turmeric. See how it all works together? Synchronicity.
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1/2 cup hot water
- Put the cinnamon, turmeric & vanilla into your coffee cup. Grind your espresso beans and brew a shot of espresso. Add to the coffee cup and add hot water. Stir mixture and pour into blender with the coconut oil. Blend 10 seconds or until smooth. Pour back into coffee cup and add a little hot water if needed.
- You can totally omit the coconut oil if you are not into frothy heaven. But I don't know why you would 😉