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Healthy Ingredients to add to Your Coffee
2020-03-04 06:25:19

Healthy Ingredients to add to Your Coffee

Studies show that drinking coffee has major health benefits beyond helping us snap out of our morning comas—like reducing our risk of type 2 diabetes. And, since it’s typically the very first thing we put in our bodies each day, why not sneak in a healthy dose of nutritious benefits while we’re at it? From boosting mood and energy to protecting your heart, to enhancing your brain cell functioning, we’re all for adding these 8 natural boosts to our daily caffeine routine.



If you want to maximize flavor without adding extra calories, sprinkle a dash of cinnamon into your cup. It can add some seasonal flavor (sans sugar) while delivering a powerful, and delicious, a dose of antioxidants. Having been used in natural medicine for thousands of years, cinnamon is loaded with protective compounds (all 41 of them!) and has one of the highest antioxidant activity of any spice. It’s also packed with manganese, iron, and calcium –which help to boost your immune system (winter colds be gone), lower your blood sugar and even cut your risk of heart disease.


Vanilla Extract

If you like to sweeten your coffee, you don’t need to depend on sugar and processed creamers. Try a few drops of pure vanilla extract instead. It’s classified as a brain superfood for its ability to boost mental performance, mood, and overall brain health. Vanilla has also been proven to relieve stomach aches and digestive issues, reduce joint pain and relieve stress.


Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is the perfect add-on if you’re lactose intolerant, cutting out dairy for dietary purposes 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 work towards promoting healthy bones, teeth, brain, kidneys, and heart health.


Ashwagandha Powder

Ashwagandha powder is perhaps my favorite way to brew up a morning cup of coffee with an added punch. This stuff is not just another adaptogen trend — this incredibly the healthy medicinal herb that has been used heavily in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels, and improve concentration.


Grass-Fed Butter

You’ve probably heard of the butter coffee craze by now, and for good reason. Celebs, athletes, models, and health bloggers alike claim that adding the buttery, fatty goodness in their coffee gives them more energy, improves brain function (bye, brain fog!), and helps in weight loss.


Collagen Peptides

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and is an essential building block for skin, nails, organs, hair, tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage. It’s credited in providing the elasticity, suppleness, and regeneration of our skin –but as we age, collagen production decreases, and our skin begins to thin and lose elasticity and moisture –leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show adding a dash of this beauty powder to your coffee can help keep your skin looking hydrated and wrinkle-free, give your liver a boost at flushing out your system, reduce inflammation, and support joint health. Win, win, win.


Cardamom, like ashwagandha powder, has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. A spice commonly added to coffee in the Middle East, cardamom gives coffee an exotic flavor similar to ginger (they’re in the same family), and is packed with nutrients. A two-tablespoon serving has just 36 calories, is loaded with fiber, essential minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. Research found cardamom contains compounds with the potential to kill cancer cells and stunt new cancer cell growth. Powerful stuff.


Cayenne Pepper

If you really want to spice up daily caffeine routine, add a dash of cayenne into your morning brew. Trust us, not only will it wake up your taste buds, but it will also give you a nutrient boost early on in your day. Cayenne has been used to manage stomach problems, lack of appetite, and circulatory issues for thousands of years in Native American medicine. Recent research shows that it may relieve pain from headaches, help digestion, and even prevent heart disease. It’s pretty much a coffee-obsessed, spicy-food lover’s dream. Note: if you are susceptible to acid reflux or other digestive issues, you may want to avoid this one.

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