Is Coffee Good For You?
In my quest to drink and eat clean, I had to know……is coffee good for you….at all? In my own experience, I know that drinking too much coffee can cause one to become jittery or have problems with sleep. Of course, I used to drink my fair share of sweet coffee drinks so I’m sure the combination of sugar and caffeine only intensified the problem. But, I just loved those peppermint mochas or pumpkin spice lattes!
After some research, I was happy to find out that there were some health benefits to coffee. Although most coffee drinks are simply not healthy with all of the sugar and calories.
Health Benefits Of Coffee
According to Mayo Clinic and Healthline there are definitely some health benefits from coffee. To name a couple, coffee can help to prevent diabetes and also lower the risk of heart failure. Unfortunately, coffee can also still cause problems like anxiousness and headaches for some people.
It makes sense to pay attention to your own body. For me, I know I can handle one or two cups of coffee a day without any problems at all. I also know that sugary coffee drinks only make me fat and cause major jitters. Therefore, I can enjoy my small amounts of coffee, without sugar, and maybe experience some of the health benefits too! Sometimes, though, I do crave more of a comfort coffee drink. Luckily, there are some healthy coffee drinks that do fit the bill!
Satisfying and Healthy Coffee Drinks
When I was first trying to jump start my diet of less carbs and more good fat, I enjoyed a cup of bulletproof coffee in the morning. This coffee, mixed with healthy fats, is supposed to increase energy, mental clarity, and hunger suppression. I started losing weight quickly. Now that I am at my desired weight, I still drink this coffee occasionally for a quick breakfast treat. The recipe for the original bulletproof coffee uses brain octane oil and ghee. I have a less expensive must still effective recipe that tastes yummy!
my version of bulletproof coffee
- 8 to 12 ounces of coffee made with quality beans and filtered water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or you can use brain octane oil)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter from grass fed cows (or use ghee)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all in a blender for a frothy and tasty healthy coffee drink. You can also add ginger or turmeric for another healthy flavor.
peppermint mocha coffee drink
Since I love a peppermint mocha so much, I figured out a way to make my own with regular coffee.
- 1/3 cup strong coffee
- 2/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk (you could also use almond milk for a dairy free version)
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- a one inch square of 85% dark chocolate, shaved
Mix all in blender until frothy.
pumpkin spice latte
Every Fall I crave a pumpkin spice latte. However, the sugary syrups I can do without! Here is a version that is more healthy. Again, you can substitute with almond milk if desired.
- 8 ounces coffee
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
Heat the heavy cream and pumpkin puree together until warm. Add the vanilla, honey and spices. Mix with coffee in blender until frothy.