9 Healthy Ways to Sweeten Your Coffee
The healthiest way to take your coffee is, of course, black. There are other healthy options out there to add flavor to your beverage — without adding heaps of sugar.
In addition to the jolt of energy and focus you can get from the caffeine in coffee, the drink has a number of other health benefits. Coffee can lower your risk of liver disease, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, and even some cancers. Multiple studies have shown that drinking multiple cups of coffee per day — yes, even three or four cups is OK — could prevent early death.
Coffee is truly your lifeblood — unless every time you drink coffee, you’re also drinking spoonful upon spoonful of refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. They may be zero-calorie, but artificial sweeteners are downright harmful to your health.
Some people’s coffee shop orders are downright ridiculous, racking up extra servings of saturated fat and simple syrup. There are ways to make your own coffee drink healthier, but your best (and cheapest) option is to make a delicious cup of coffee at home. Simply add one or a few of these healthy ways to sweeten your coffee instead. Let's get started.
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the taste of almond milk — the beverage contains more calcium than cow’s milk and less dietary fat. Some varieties, such as vanilla or honey-sweetened almond milks, can add even more flavor to your beverage than regular milk would.
If you don’t like almond milk, there are tons of other dairy-free milk options you can try instead. Peanut milk is the newest to hit the scene, joining oddball varieties like banana milk and pea milk.
You might not think of butter as a health food, but health gurus and wellness professionals are raving over butter coffee. When I do this, I make sure it is not salted butter. Yuck!
A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way in terms of flavor. Cinnamon is often used to top decadent lattes and cozy cups of golden milk, but the miracle spice works wonders for plain coffee, as well. The spice is rumored to boost your metabolism and can reduce inflammation. For the most benefit, make sure you’re buying the right kind of cinnamon. (Greg just made our coffee shots with cinnamon this morning).
You don’t have to be a fan of chocolate to benefit from this delicious additive. Add a dash of unsweetened cocoa powder and instantly, you’ll receive the antioxidant benefits of cocoa and coffee, without all the added sugar. (This is what we will do if we let our daughter have some coffee before school).
This inexpensive alternative to creamer is a rich, indulgent way to add nourishment and flavor to your mug. You can find organic canned coconut cream, we would prefer that (since we make our own from our own coconuts on the farm). Made of coconut, it’s chock-full of healthy fats and potassium. One tablespoon has about 50 calories of pure, natural goodness.
Coffee creamers aren’t all bad — in many cases, adding a quick pour of creamer to your coffee is a healthier choice than a premade sugary espresso drink. Coffee drinks from the S-word can rack up added sugars really quickly. You, on the other hand, know exactly how much creamer you decide to pour. Some creamers are healthier than others. Personally, I like our coconut cream that we make here at our house.
This option is a favorite of coffee lovers everywhere. Simply take a square of quality dark chocolate (yes, expensive dark chocolate is worth the price) and drop it in your steaming cup of coffee. The chocolate will melt and blend a rich, indulgent taste throughout your brew. Those who have tried it with a latte claim the creaminess cannot be beat. (Greg will do this as an afternoon treat).
A little goes a long way with this better-for-you sugar alternative. Stevia looks exactly like sugar but is far sweeter. Instead of using a spoonful or two, a little pinch is all you need to sweeten your coffee the way you like it. Stevia is also zero-calorie.
Skip the vanilla flavored creamers and add its exquisite flavor in its purest form: vanilla extract. Add a few drops to your coffee and you’ll be so glad you did. It won’t be sweet like sugar but it will have a comforting aroma and an elegant taste.
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