Don’t worry just yet—you can still have your daily cup of coffee and enjoy it thoroughly. You can even benefit from it tremendously if you choose health-boosting ingredients to add to your coffee!
But first, let’s look at the benefits of black coffee to see why coffee is worth your time drinking in the first place.
The Health Benefits of Drinking Black Coffee
Coffee can even give you a needed boost and enhance brain focus, not to mention, it’s been proven to improve workout performance and stamina for avid exercisers. However, whatever you add to that cup of black coffee can make all the difference in what it does for you or how it works against you the rest of the day.
Health-Boosting Ingredients to Add to Your Coffee
Why not add some of the following health-boosting ingredients into your next coffee cup before you make your first brew each day.
1. Liquid Stevia
This is as pure of a sweetener as you’ll find that doesn’t contain any sugar, calories, or artificial ingredients. Alcohol, pure, liquid stevia is basically just stevia leaf that’s been extracted from the plant.
2. Cocoa or Cacao Powder
Cacao is the raw form of the cocoa bean (also called cacao bean), and plain cocoa powder is the heated form. Both are significantly beneficial to overall health, so choose whichever one you enjoy. Generally, cocoa powder is lower in calories per serving because less carbs and fat remain after the heating and processing of the bean.
Cocoa powder is filled with many similar antioxidants that coffee contains.
Lastly, cacao and coffee are both high in magnesium, a mineral that is critical to your health.
Cinnamon contains natural properties that can assist with digestion which can be helpful if you’re having your coffee with breakfast or another meal and want an added boost of digestive support.
Ceylon cinnamon has a lighter flavor than regular cinnamon which can be helpful if you don’t want too much spice in your cup of coffee.
To use cinnamon in your coffee, add a touch of stevia and cocoa to your cup of coffee with a little bit of cinnamon.
What About the Creamer?
Here are some alternative options for creamer:
- Unsweetened non-dairy fortified milk (good source of calcium, Vitamin B12, and low in fat and free of sugar) See tips for how to choose one here.
- Plain coconut milk
- Coconut butter (blend one teaspoon with the coffee to get a natural type of cream)
- Dairy-free (vegan) unsweetened creamers made without artificial ingredients (not the healthiest option, but these are cholesterol-free and great for convenience so long as they’re free of added sugar and low in oil-based fats)
- Organic fat-free or 1% dairy milk