Ahhhh … Coffee … A magical potion that’s not just a beverage, but a cup of liquid sanity.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids and quinines, which become more potent after roasting the coffee beans. Coffee is actually the biggest source of antioxidants in the average Western diet, and helps the body neutralize free radicals. It boosts athletic performance, improves mood, stops headaches, and appears protective over diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, colon cancers, and heart disease.
Once considered a significant diuretic, today the caffeine in coffee shows that unless we drink it in large quantities, the effects are virtually the same as if we drank an equal amount of water, “Coffee, like water, is a mild diuretic …. moderate caffeine consumption does not produce a fluid-electrolyte imbalance.”
Coffee contains beneficial nutrients and electrolytes.
One cup of coffee contains:
- 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 6% of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- 3% of Manganese and Potassium
- 2% of Niacin and Magnesium
Our daily cup of coffee can help burn fat
Drinking coffee can increase metabolism 3 – 11%, making caffeine one of the few chemicals that can actually help burn up fat.
Coffee can help prevent dementia and Alzheimers.
Coffee drinkers show a 65% decrease in developing Alzheimers or Dementia.
Coffee is good for the liver.
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day shows an 80% decrease in developing liver cirrhosis.
Caffeine improves exercise performance
Drinking coffee before a workout increases our levels of adrenaline and releases fatty acids, leading to better athletic and exercise performance.
Here are a few ways to ‘up the nutrition’ on this favorite daily beverage:
Make it better with (grass-fed) butter – adding this healthy fat will supply you with extra energy. Choose unsalted, grass-fed butter for a better Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, which aids in fighting inflammation.
Coconut oil – another beneficial fat that will boost energy, increase satiating power, and is anti-microbial. Add this alone or with butter.
Cinnamon – choose Ceylon cinnamon over Cassia cinnamon for an extra boost to gut health, oral health, blood pressure, weight loss, and mood.
Raw Cacao Powder – get a rich mocha taste to your coffee with a spoonful of cacao powder, which adds minerals, iron, flavonoids, and antioxidants.
Cayenne – a dash of cayenne helps to neutralize the acid in coffee.
The Daily Grind
When shopping for coffee, here is a list of Organic coffees tested for taste.
If you’re looking for a new way to brew your own, check out Bulletproof Coffee.
Calling it “Upgraded” coffee, Bulletproof says they’ve found “the absolute highest performance coffee beans on earth … where ‘normal’ coffee usually gives you the jitters and makes you cranky … this coffee makes you feel noticeably better than anything else you’ll find.”
The simple concept behind preparing Bulletproof Coffee is to add some healthy fat, like butter and/or coconut oil, to your regular cup of black coffee. Bulletproof says, “If you just add 1-2 tablespoons of butter, you will realize boundless energy and focus. It’s amazing!”
It’s Coffee O’Clock
If you’re willing to try just one of these coffee recipes, try the Salted Caramel Latte! It’s my favorite electrolyte replacement after a Bikram Class and my favorite coffee drink anytime of the day. It has great energy and satiating power, and it tastes great too!
Salted Caramel Latte *
- 1 cup hot organic coffee
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon organic grass-fed salted or unsalted butter. I use salted.
- 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Sprinkle of Himalayan salt
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Add all ingredients, except Himalayan salt and cinnamon, to a blender and blend on high for 10-15 seconds until mixed.
Pour into a coffee mug and sprinkle a generous amount of Himalayan salt and cinnamon if using, and add an extra drizzle of honey on top.
Drink and enjoy!
*Adapted from welllnessmama.com, healthy salted caramel latte recipe
6 ounces of hot coffee
2 tablespoons organic powdered sugar
1 tablespoon organic raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-3 tablespoons whipped cream or grass-fed cream
In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
Pour the coffee into a mug and add the dry ingredients.
Mix until smooth.
Add cream to taste.
- 5-6 ounces hot coffee
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1 ounce coconut cream or grass-fed cream ()
- whipped cream
Place coconut sugar in a warmed coffee mug.
Add whiskey and stir to dissolve.
Pour in coffee and top with cream.
Garnish with whipped cream to your liking.
Better Latte Than Never … Espresso Yourself!
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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!