Hi guys! If you have known me for five seconds, you know I loooooove me some healthy chat. I love talking about healthy foods, smoothies, low-sugar stuff, exercise, and lots of other things most people don’t enjoy. 😊
If you know me you also know I take my morning routine and coffee VERY SERIOUSLY. A few of my lecture victims friends have asked me in the past what I do for eat and drink, so I thought I’d do a little bloggy about it. That, and I’ve been itching for a good topic. So there. Also. I’m going to need to purchase this coffee cup off of Etsy. Adorable.
Here’s some ideas to doctor up your morning coffee without consuming 500 calories and spending $7.
Black coffee – always start with black coffee to avoid extra cals or sugar right off the bat. I also prefer to go Organic. That being said, I’m also very conscious of my spending (or as my mother likes to say, “cheap”) so as you can imagine, I’ve done some price comparisons on organic coffees out there and there are 3 that I would recommend: Jamaican Blend, Nica’s Organic and Journey’s organic coffee. I shop at HEB and these three will rotate being on sale.
I always put a scoop of organic unrefined coconut oil in my coffee as well. Again, no particular brand – just whatever is on sale at the time. The difference between refined and unrefined is refined is made of fresh coconut versus the unrefined is made from dried coconut. There can also be added chemicals in refined. Adding coconut oil isn’t going to do much for the flavor, but studies do show that it helps with brain power (which is why I need to use it), digestion, and it promotes a FLATTER TUMMY. It will also do wonders for those crusty and chapped lips this winter. Sign a girl up!
A lot of smart and important people also recommend putting a scoop of ghee or grass-fed butter in their coffee too. I tend to use coconut oil in my smoothies as well as my coffee, and I also have about half of an avocado a day, so I’m pretty stocked-up on my healthy fats. And if I consume too much healthy fats, my forehead has a tendency to break-out and nobody needs that. It’s just one of those things you have to decide what you like better and pay attention to how your body reacts over a couple of days.
Wait? What was that? I’ll say it again…PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOUR BODY REACTS. That’s Living 101. Mainstream has taught us to turn to meds anytime we feel uncomfortable or notice something off. If we would just pay attention to the symptoms and to what we are consuming on the reg, we could learn to solve our problems with nutrition rather than suppressing our issues with prescriptions and antibiotics.
Sorry for the rant. I can’t help it.
Back to the drink topic:
If you aren’t a fan of black coffee and need a little extra somethin-somethin, start with organic almond milk – unsweetened. The HEB brand works just fine for this too.
Doctor it up from there – cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice…if you haaaaave to have sugar, use raw sugar or a little Stevia or Truvia. [Stevia vs. Truvia is a HOT debate topic and there is quite a bit of research supporting both. I’m a Truvia person but you can be your own judge. I also use it very sparingly if at all, so that’s a big part of it. Everything is fine in moderation.]
A good trick I learned from Kelly LeVeque of Be Well by Kelly is if you are in a rush or if you know you will be eating a big lunch or early brunch, put a scoop of your protein powder in your coffee along with some almond milk and WELL-LAH. The caffeine rush we all love, but also a little bit of filler to stick to your bones and hold you over a bit.
One last thing related to that subject – I’m a saver but protein powder isn’t something that I’ll skimp on. Check the ingredients. You don’t want something super chemically-laden and filled with preservatives. Go as clean as you can with that.
That’s all for now, I’ll save my thoughts on other meals and drinks for another time. And a little disclaimer: I’m obviously not a nutritionist or dietitian by any means, but I do pay attention to foods, natural health, my body and I do quite a bit of reading and studying healthy foods. If you have any questions or want to know of a good recipe or meal idea, holler atcha gurll! I love to write and I think it would be pretty fun to do more posts on food ideas. 😊