If you are not one of those who enjoys their coffee black, you probably reach for the cream and sugar pot immediately after pouring that morning cup of Joe. I get it, I am not a black coffee drinker either. Instead of the cream and sugar, there are a few really great alternative options to make your coffee fix a bit sweeter while also adding quite a kick of additional health benefits- including burning excess weight! Seriously!Check out these eight super options.
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Cinnamon: The potential health benefits of this spice are pretty incredible. Cinnamon can act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial and immunity-booster to name a few.
Cinnamon also has cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities. As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more. However stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk your for diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.Cinnamon also raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which helps remove LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol from the body. According to Shane Ellison, MS, a medicinal chemist and founder of the Sugar Detox, cinnamon helps to repair the insulin receptors that degrade with age so they are once again responsive to insulin, which over time normalizes sugar levels in those suffering from type two diabetes and insulin resistance due to an increase in insulin sensitivity. Regular intake of cinnamon may also help to balance or even negate the effects of high-fat meals by slowing the increase in blood sugar after a meal.
It is important to note: there are a couple of options to choose from when purchasing cinnamon. Christina Major, a MS Holistic Nutritionist and Herbalist and the Health Recovery Expert of Crystal Holistic Health explains, “Nearly all the cinnamon in the grocery stores and health food stores is a cousin of true cinnamon,” explains Cinnamomum cassia, or Chinese cinnamon, has a very similar flavor and color, but it does not have the same health benefits. Only Cinnamomum verum provides the health benefits, and this is an expensive spice that is often illicitly substituted with Cinnamomum cassia.” When you are looking over the shelves in the grocery store spice isle, you’ll likely see Cinnamomum cassia sold as Chinese or Cassia cinnamon, whereas Cinnamomum verum will be sold as Ceylon cinnamon.It is best to reach for the latter.
Because cinnamon does not dissolve well when mixed into coffee, you can add it directly to coffee grounds before brewing.
RAW Organic Coconut Oil. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term. “It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Coconut oil can also boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. In addition to helping with weight management, coconut oil has a seriously long list of other incredible health benefits including booting immunity and helping to prevent heart disease. Check out these articles for more information on the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and Why I Love Coconut Oil. You can also learn more about Oil Pulling, another terrific way to use Coconut oil for your health! ( I REALLY love Coconut Oil.)
RAW Honey. Honey is a natural sweetener that is packed with some awesome stuff like
Vitamin B6. Your body needs B6 in order to absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system.
Folate. Our bodies need folate to make DNA and other genetic material. It is also needed for the body’s cells to divide. Getting too little folate can result in megaloblastic anemia which causes weakness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, headache, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.
Vitamin C. “Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune function.” (Dr. Weil)
Niacin. This B vitamin helps the body make various sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body. Niacin helps improve circulation, and it has been shown to suppress inflammation.
Riboflavin. Also known as Vitamin B2, riboflavin is a unique B vitamin as it marks it’s passage through your body by producing bright yellow urine. This vitamin is important for its involvement in energy metabolism. It has also recently been found to affect the metabolism of iron in important ways. Some scientists believe that vitamin B2 is necessary to mobilize iron from storage to incorporate into cells, and others believe that vitamin B2 deficiency impairs iron absorption. Either way, it is important to make sure your diet contains plenty of vitamin B2.
RAW organic honey also contains iron, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Imagine getting the benefit off all of this while cutting out all of the junk that comes with processed sweeteners!
Make Your Own (triple threat) Creamer. Save money on creamer and get the added health benefits of Cinnamon, Coconut Oil and Honey all at once! Mix approx. 1 cup Raw Organic Coconut Oil, 1 cup RAW organic honey and 2-3 teaspoons Ceylon Cinnamon together and stir well. Store the mixture in a sealable container (small mason jars work well). Add as much of the mixture to your morning coffee in the morning while it is hot. This creamer substitute will last longer than store-bought creamers, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad in a few days. Add these items to your Amazon shopping cart for the ingredients needed to make this homemade creamer and avoid shopping for creamer for months!
Almond Milk. Almond milk is a plant milk, prepared from almonds. It has a creamy texture and a nutty taste. This is a great milk option for those who are lactose intolerant as well as those who wish to avoid or have an allergy to dairy. Almond milk does not contain cholesterol or lactose and is low in fat.
It is also high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber. It contains several minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. The other nutrients available in this milk include vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin E. All these nutrients have various benefits which are essential for a healthy body.
Vanilla. In addition to its sweet taste, vanilla is an excellent source of antioxidants. It also contains antibacterial properties that help protect our immune systems and lower stress on the body. This makes it easier to recover from injury or illness as well as reducing inflammation, protecting the heart and even helping to prevent chronic diseases. The active ingredient, vanillin, has shown that it can aid in measurably reducing cholesterol levels in the body. A high concentration of vanillin, can also prevent the negative effects of free radicals, such as cancer.
A few other benefits of using vanilla include, its ability to help coat a sore throat and even help eliminate underlying infection via its antibacterial properties. Vanilla can also aid in digestive function on several fronts as its smell alone has been known to calm feelings of nausea and its ingestion can soothe inflammation in the gut to prevent vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and stomach upset. The benefits of vanilla are available in the form of extract, powder, whole pods, food grade essential oils and vanilla sugar.
Ginger. With its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, prevents various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid digestion, eliminates arthritis symptoms, reduce excess gas, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu make this spicy root a true superfood. If you are like most people, ginger can be a little hard to swallow… literally! It is a pretty bitter root and it packs quite the spicy punch going down. If you like a little spice in your coffee, try adding a sprinkle of ground ginger root to your freshly brewed cup.
You can also grab a kick of ginger with a less shocking kick by adding a tiny bit of ginger powder to your coffee beans before brewing or a splash of ginger juice to your coffee while it is hot.
Cocoa. This one is never a tough one to sell anyone on as it is the main ingredient in CHOCOLATE, and who needs to be told to ingest more chocolate? Not that you need any more reason to consume cocoa, the health benefits of it can pack are pretty great. They include, relief from high blood pressure and improving the elasticity of blood vessels, this helps maintain a healthy circulatory system. It also helps maintain good cholesterol, fights obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative diseases. It is beneficial for quick wound healing, skin care, and it helps to improve cardiovascular and brain health. Yep, that’s a mouthful! Cocoa flavonols also possesses mood-enhancing properties that act as an anti-depressant while also improving cognitive activity, promote feelings of contentment and can even act as an aphrodisiac as well as helping to fight against the effects of neurotoxicity. Nice, right?
Use this culinary gift as an addition to your coffee by mixing a bit of cocoa powder to your coffee grounds before brewing, mix a small portion of Raw cocoa butter into your fresh brewed cup while it is still hot, or grab some cocoa flavored coffee beans!
In order to get the benefits of cocoa from chocolate- be sure to grab the dark chocolate that contains at least 65% cocoa. You can also get all of these health benefits from
*It is important to note that cocoa is a source of caffeine, which should be consumed in responsible amounts as an overconsumption can lead to several harmful side effects. Keep in mind that coffee (with the exception of decaf varieties) already contains caffeine. When adding cocoa as a sweeter, do so with caution.
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