While I may have forgotten to burst my morning multivitamin, there is one thing I can never start my day without: a trustworthy cup of joe. Since our goal is to make our morning routines as efficient as possible, we’ve experimented with a few ways to combine the two. Studies show that drinking coffee has great health benefits that not only help us get out of our morning coma – like Reducing our risk of type 2 diabetes. And since it’s usually the very first thing we put into our bodies every day, why not find out how to make coffee healthier and enjoy a dose of nutritious benefits while we are at it?
Scroll on to find out what’s the best way to make a special cup of vitamin coffee – tThe benefits (and added flavor) are just too good to continue drinking #basic black coffee. From boosting mood and energy to protecting your heart to improving the functioning of your brain cells, we are all for adding these eight natural boosts to our daily caffeine routine.
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If you want to maximize the flavor without adding extra calories, sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon in your mug. It can Add in some seasonal flavor (no sugar) while delivering a powerful and delicious dose of antioxidants. Used in natural medicine for thousands of years, cinnamon is loaded with protective compounds (all 41!) and has one of the highest antioxidant activity of every spice. It’s also filled with manganese, iron, and calcium – which helps strengthen your immune system (winter cold is gone), lower your blood sugar, and even Reduce your risk of heart disease.
To serve: Stir 1/2 teaspoon. Cinnamon in your cup of coffee or brew your coffee with 1 teaspoon. Cinnamon mixed directly into the bottom. You can also bWarm your coffee with a cinnamon stick so that the spice has more time to infuse.
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If you want to sweeten your coffee, there is no need to rely on sugar and processed creams. Try a few drops of pure vanilla extract instead. IIt is classified as a brain superfood because it can increase mental performance. Moodand general brain health. Vanilla has also been shown to relieve abdominal pain and digestive problems, relieve joint pain, and relieve stress.
To serve:: Add a few drops of the pure extract to your cup or pot of coffee. You can also add a vanilla pod to your coffee grounds to help the flavor rise before brewing.
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Coconut milk is the perfect addition if you are lactose intolerant and cut out dairy products for dietary purposes (e.g. Paleo diet) or just want a low-calorie milk substitute. You’ll also get a healthy dose of vitamins C, E, and B, antioxidants, magnesium, and iron, all of which help promote healthy bone, teeth, brain, kidney, and heart health.
To serve: Add a teaspoon or two of organic unsweetened coconut to black coffee. If you want it extra sweet, you can add some maple syrup – vanilla extract and cinnamon are great too!
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As one of the usual suspects around my house, ashwagandha powder is perhaps my favorite way to make a morning cup of coffee with an extra punch. This stuff isn’t just another adaptogenic trend – this incredibly healthy medicinal herb has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years to help relieve stress, increase energy levels, and improve focus.
To serve: Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons in your coffee. You may want to combine this with some cinnamon and coconut oils as it can have a pretty strong taste. I like to complement my coffee with almond milk, a dash of cinnamon, and a cap full of vanilla extract. I then mix everything together to make the perfect frothy, nutritious cup.
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Grass fed butter
You’ve probably heard of the butter coffee craze, and for good reason. Celebs, athletes, models, and health bloggers claim that adding the buttery, greasy goodness in their coffee gives them more energy, improves brain function (bye, brain fog!), And helps them lose weight, especially for those on the keto diet.
To serve: Add a small amount of Bulletproof, MCT Oil, or melted butter to your coffee and mix. If you decide to slide a slice into your Morgenjoe, try grass-fed butter, which has one higher amount of omega-3 and vitamin K than normal butter.
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Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and an essential building block for skin, nails, organs, hair, tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage. It is attributed to the elasticity, smoothness and regeneration of our skin, but as we get older, collagen production decreases and our skin begins to thin and lose elasticity and moisture, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show that adding a dash of this beauty powder to your coffee can help keep your skin looking hydrated and wrinkle-free, help your liver flush out your system, reduce inflammation, and support joint health. Win, win, win.
To serve: It comes in powder form so you can stir a few tablespoons into just about anything (coffee, smoothies, yogurt) for a big protein boost that will help you start your day – and your moist shine!
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Cardamom, like ashwagandha powder, has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Cardamom is a spice that is commonly added to coffee in the Middle East. It gives coffee an exotic taste that is similar to ginger (they belong to the same family) and is full of nutrients. A two-tablespoon serving is only 36 calories, loaded with fiber, essential minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. research Cardamom found contains compounds with the potential to kill cancer cells and inhibit the growth of new cancer cells. Powerful stuff.
To serve: Sprinkle a pinch or two in a cup of brewed coffee or add a few whole cardamom seeds to your coffee beans if you are grinding yours before brewing.
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If you really want to spice up your daily caffeine routine, add a dash of cayenne pepper to your morning brew. Trust us, not only does it wake up your taste buds, it also gives you a nutritional boost early in the day.
Cayenne is used to it Dealing with stomach problems, loss of appetite and circulatory problems in Native American medicine for thousands of years. Current research shows it can relieve headaches, aid digestion, and even prevent heart disease. It’s pretty much a coffee-obsessed spicy food lover’s dream.
To serve: Sprinkle a dash or two of cayenne pepper in your coffee and stir. Some like to mix with milk and sugar first so the pepper isn’t too overwhelming. Central American and Middle Eastern cultures even like to add melted chocolate! Sweet and spicy for victory.
Note: If you are prone to acid reflux or other digestive issues, these should be avoided.
How do you make your coffee healthier? Let us know your favorite ingredients or coffee alternatives below!
This post was originally published on February 19, 2020 and has been updated since then.