Wellness | Healthy Options & Coffee Alternatives
By: Christina Rico, Health Coach & Personal Trainer at True Revolution Fitness
Ah, coffee! It is your morning ritual, your afternoon pick-me-up, your daily boost of energy. It is also a hot topic that is widely disputed in numerous health circles. Everyone wants to know, is it good or bad for us? Well, too much of anything can be harmful for our bodies. So, let's just declare that right now. However, in the health and fitness industry, coffee gets a bad rap specifically because unless you drink black coffee, it is usually packed with sugar, fat and hundreds of calories that can wreak havoc on your health.
If you love your cup of joe, don't lose hope just yet! Your solution might be as simple as being more conscious about what you put in your coffee. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a healthier cup of coffee, without compensating taste. Further, if you only drink coffee for the caffeine, there are plenty of tasty alternatives that will still give your body a boost of energy.
First, here are three delicious ways you can still enjoy coffee while saving calories:
1.Ditch traditional coffee creamers.
Instead of flavoring your coffee with highly processed creamers that are often loaded with sugar, try unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Almond milk is lactose free and packed with vitamins. It is a great alternative to creamer because it is low in calories, yet has a creamy consistency. Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats and vitamins. It is also thick and creamy, and adds a subtle sweetness to your coffee. Here is a delicious coffee recipe that uses almond milk instead of milk and creamer.
2. No sugar, please!
Many popular coffee drinks are packed with table sugar, sugar based syrups and artificial sweeteners. Next time you order coffee or make yourself a coffee at home, try adding a dash of stevia. Stevia is a natural alternative that will sweeten your coffee and save you calories. Many stevia companies also make flavors like chocolate and english toffee, which will add a delightful touch to your cup of joe.
3. Toss in some grass fed butter.
Adding grass fed butter to coffee has become a trend in the past few years, and there’s good reason for it! Grass fed butter contains beneficial fats that give you sustained energy and will stimulate your cognitive function. Simply pour your coffee into a blender with a tablespoon of coffee and mix it for 10-15 seconds. You will be left with a pleasantly creamy cup of coffee that will give you a boost!
Now, if you are interested in ditching coffee altogether, you are in luck because there are plenty of alternatives that will give you a boost of energy without a caffeine crash. Here are three ways:
4. Lemon Water.
Upon waking up, drink a glass of warm lemon water. This simple concoction will gently wake up your digestive system and boost your immunity. A squeeze of fresh lemon is also packed with vitamins and minerals that will do your body good!
5. Matcha Green Tea.
All green tea naturally contains caffeine, so you can expect a boost of energy upon drinking a cup in the morning. Matcha green tea is unique because it is also rich in nutrients and detoxifiers.
6. Homemade Juice.
Juicing has been all the rage in recent years because raw fruits and vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that support optimal health. If coffee isn’t your thing, juicing might be right up your alley! Drinking a juice in the morning may increase your energy and boost immunity. Not to mention, fresh juices are all natural and low-calorie—no artificial sweeteners here!
There you have it! Whether you drink coffee for the taste or simply for the energy boost, you can now try these suggestions and be confident that you will be doing your body a favor!