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Upgrade Your Cup of Joe

Not many people I come across can start their day without a rich cup of hot steamy coffee.

I can personally relate on the ritualistic standpoint of it- hearing the coffee pot hiss and gurgle, sipping it slowly in the morning, enjoying the taste, wrapping your hands around a warm mug, and taking time to breathe through your to do list for the day.

But if I am drinking coffee, it is decaf and that's it. Caffeine and myself don't get along too well and I am okay with that. However, whichever your preference, caffeinated or non, we could all do a better job (I am sure of it) on making our mug of pure bliss a little bit healthier for our bodies.

Here are some tips when it comes to coffee...

The best time to drink your coffee would be:

-After you drink your warm lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach. Warm lemon water sets a healthy pH balance in your body (it turns it more alkaline which is where healthy bacteria flourishes and your body functions on it's most optimal level).

-While you eat your breakfast about thirty minutes after your warm lemon water. Once your body lets the lemon water digest, it is time to fill your belly with some food along with your coffee. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach creates more acid (which is the opposite of having an alkaline based system). Acid can tear your insides up a bit- we don't want that for any of us! Interested in a cup of coffee that actually does not have acidic properties in it? Try this brand!

What you should and should not do while drinking coffee:

-You should drink an extra cup of water right after you finish your cup of joe. Coffee dehydrates you. Rehydrate with that good old h2o.

-Do not take your vitamins before you drink your morning coffee. Coffee speeds up your metabolism which means if you take your vitamins before your coffee, your body will break down the vitamins on a faster level and your body will not have time to pull in all the nutrients. Most of the nutrients will go right to your bladder. Take your vitamins 30 minutes after your coffee in order to get the most benefit out of your daily pills.

What can you put in your coffee to make it healthier:

-Ditch the artificial sweetener, my friend! That gunk only makes you crave sugar, keep weight on your body, puts holes in your brain and screws with your blood sugar! Instead for a little sweetness you can use honey, coconut palm sugar, monk fruit, or agave.

-Although once in a while I do use heavy cream in my cup, it is admittedly not the best for you caloric wise. Try almond milk, coconut milk or cashew milk. They are lower in calories and taste great.

-Better yet, why don't you kill two birds with one stone and put a tbsp of So Delicious dairy free coconut milk creamer in your mug! They come in all different flavors so you can even skip the extra dose of sugar.

-Cinnamon is an awesome spice to help spruce up the taste of your coffee and helps control your appetite by balancing out your blood sugar levels.

-Bullet Proof Coffee- I am sure you have heard about this concoction, yes? This is a high performance cup of coffee that improves cognitive function, can help you lose weight and impacts your energy heavily.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup hot coffee freshly brewed

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy.

  • Serve immediately

  • Enjoy

Cheers to your healthier cup of joe!

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