With an estimated 150 million Americans drinking coffee every day, it’s safe to say that, as a nation, we can’t get enough of the good stuff.
Whether a cappuccino is music to your ears, or an espresso is what gets you through the day, there are many ways to get a caffeine fix. Unfortunately, too much coffee can heighten anxiety, cause insomnia, and lead to high blood pressure.
If you love your daily cup of joe, there are easy hacks you can put in place to make your coffee healthier, such as those below.
1. Ditch the Milk.
For coffee fanatics who are always adding milk to their beverage, now may be time to rethink your strategy. Black coffee like espresso has less than 10 calories per 8 ounce cup.
If you’re wanting to cut down on calories and keep your coffee as healthy as can be, try and ditch the milk and steer away from added ingredients.
While black coffee can taste bitter initially, your taste buds will soon adapt.
2. Opt for Almond Milk.
As long as you’re not allergic to nuts, it may be time to look at adding almond milk to your cup of joe.
When compared to whole milk, which can see your cup of coffee reaching 180 calories, there are less than 100 calories per serving if you use almond milk.
3. Avoid Artificial Creamers.
While artificial creamers may be convenient, especially if you’re on the go, you need to be wary of all the ingredients and sugar that go with them.
They’re not the healthiest thing to mix in with your cup of coffee, so instead of adding them to your drink, why not try a bit of coconut milk instead?
4. Brew with Organic Beans.
The origin of your coffee bean can make all the difference in terms of how healthy it is.
To ensure you’re free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, it’s wise to buy certified organic coffee instead.
This will mean your body isn’t being filled with additional chemicals because of your morning brew.
5. Never Drink on an Empty Stomach.
If you’re not a morning person and the idea of breakfast turns your stomach, you may think a cup of coffee will do the job to get you ready for the day ahead.
However, drinking coffee on an empty stomach can lead to all kinds of health risks.
These include increased anxiety and a damaged stomach lining.
To stop this from happening, try and eat something before indulging in your morning coffee.
Your body will thank you for it.
6. Go for Chocolate.
Dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa are excellent additions to your cup of coffee.
Make sure you drink them in moderation, otherwise you could experience caffeine related side effects, like sleeplessness, and nervousness.
Once you find the right balance, opting for chocolate in your coffee may give health benefits such as balancing cholesterol levels.
7. Try Something New that’s Healthy.
For those who like to be adventurous with their coffee, now may be the time to try something out of your comfort zone.
Civet, for instance, is a very unique flavor of coffee.
Civet is a kind of coffee made from coffee beans that are excreted whole in the droppings, or let’s say the poop, of the Asian palm civet.
While this may not sound the most appealing, it has been said that civet coffee can boost short term memory, promote brain activity, and increase concentration levels.
If you’re willing to give civet coffee a try, you’re sure to reap the health benefits mentioned.
What You Should Remember?
Lots of people love to drink coffee. But coffee doesn’t have to be unhealthy if you follow the advice we gave you.
If you’re a lover of all things coffee, the next time you grab a cup, trying any of the tips above can make your beverage that little bit healthier for your mind and body.
Personally I loved drinking coffee. But when I started doing my Dopamine Detox Challenge I stopped drinking coffee, or any type of caffeine.
To be honest, I haven’t felt better in my life.
So if you can, try it yourself. Or make your coffee drinking healthier. Both options are good for you.