Ah, coffee. I think it’s safe to say that most of the world is basically addicted. If you’re not, congratulations, you’re the minority. For me, though, it’s less about the taste and caffeine and more about the routine (most of the time). I loooove a good steaming cup of joe on a slow Sunday morning. Add in sitting in our backyard with the chickens and a little bit of sunshine and that sounds like my absolute perfect morning.
So, since it’s such a big part of our lives, how do we make it healthier? Because I don’t know about you, but every time I walk into a coffee shop, all the creamy, sugary varieties are staring me straight in the face. Here are a few ideas!
How to Make your Daily Coffee Habit Healthier
Break up with caffeine (but not every day)
I know, this sounds crazy. A lot of people drink coffee strictly for caffeine. But too much caffeine can actually wreak havoc on our bodies. We’re talking anxiousness, irritability, and insomnia. No, thanks. That said, let’s all try to swap in some decaf once or twice a week. I think as long as I still have my morning ritual, I’ll be good. TBD.
Choose a high-quality brand
Coffee is made of beans and beans are a form of produce. So, just like other produce, a lot of bigger, mainstream brands use tons of chemicals to grow their plants. To make sure you’re drinking something that not only tastes good, but isn’t putting unnecessary chemicals into your body, go for a high-quality brand. I suggest going local and supporting small businesses in your area. Plus, the owners of those businesses can usually tell you exactly where they source their beans.
Drink it black
I will say, there are tons of great non-dairy alternatives these days that are low in sugar and can actually add some nutritional benefits, but when it doubt, just drink it black. I find this easier to do when the coffee itself is high quality. Plus, I always feel like a bad ass when I drink my coffee black.
Skip the sugar and add cinnamon or cocoa
If you love a good oat milk latte, I highly recommend asking the barista to mix in some cinnamon or cocoa — or both! Honestly, either one is a game changer. I think you’ll be shocked at the flavor you can get without all the sugar. Plus, cinnamon is a great anti-inflammatory and is filled with antioxidants. BONUS!
Add collagen or healthy fats
If you’re a fan of Vital Proteins or collagen in general, you’re probably already doing this. I know a lot of people who add collagen to their coffee and swear by its taste and benefits. Or, if you’re on the keto bandwagon, there are lots of great recipes out there for butter coffee or adding coconut oil and protein to your morning brew.
I want to know your go-to coffee drink! Do you try to make it healthy? If so, what’s your secret?