For many of us, coffee is something that wakes us up in the morning and improves our mood during the day so we stay sane for a few more hours. No matter where and when we drink it, coffee is a crucial part of many cultures and our everyday habits.
The health benefits of coffee are already well known and proven by scientists, of course, if consumed modestly. Coffee contains caffeine that significantly improves energy and metabolism, which generally improves physical strength. Apart from antioxidants, coffee contains vitamins and minerals too. That would be mostly vitamin B2 or Riboflavin, as well as B5, B3, magnesium, and potassium. Many studies have shown that coffee lowers the risk of diabetes, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and many other types of cancers.
But, all these benefits are lost when added even half a teaspoon of sugar, artificial sweeteners, or sweeteners in form of sweet syrups.
These days, there are more and more new coffee drinks in the coffee shops’ menus that have more sugar and dairy products in them than actual coffee. Vanilla latte, pumpkin spice latte, and many similar coffee drinks have very little coffee, and more sugar, which is what creates that kind of addiction to go back and crave for more.
Luckily, it’s never too late to give up a bad habit. Even better, there are many natural ways to sweeten your coffee and give it a flavor, with ingredients that are most probably already in your kitchen. In these ways, you’ll be able to enjoy the coffee and its many benefits.
Coffee and Lemon
Lemons are a natural source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Few drops of lemon juice in the coffee will not only improve the nutritional value of the coffee, but at the same time, it gives the coffee flavor in a healthy and natural way.
Together, coffee and lemon are very powerful in strengthening the immune system and prevent from many chronic diseases.
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Coffee and Honey
Even though honey contains sugar, it is in many ways healthier than white, refined sugar. Honey contains a vast number of vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it helps to strengthen the immune system and prevents colds, flu, and other infections.
One teaspoon of white sugar in the coffee can be replaced with just half or a quarter teaspoon of honey. In this way, the coffee won’t lose its nutritional value, and in fact, it will make it more nutritional, and at the same time naturally sweet.
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Coffee and Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice rich in antioxidants and it prevents inflammation and infections. One pinch of this spice in your coffee is enough to give it an amazing, earthy flavor. The body will absorb it even better if combined with very little black pepper and cinnamon.
This is a very healthy coffee drink, especially in fall and winter.
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Coffee and Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a beautiful and exotic spice that perfectly pairs with coffee.
When consumed daily, up to one teaspoon, the cinnamon has a big role in preventing diabetes, lowering the sugar and cholesterol in the blood, it improves blood circulation and energy, and it stimulates the brain.
The mix of coffee and cinnamon literally doubles the nutritional value of the coffee and the cinnamon. Cinnamon gives coffee an amazing flavor that will wake all your senses up. It’s easy and simple to add it to any prepared coffee in a form of powder or use a cinnamon stick to stir your hot coffee with.
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Coffee and Cocoa
Similar to coffee, cocoa has many health benefits and it’s rich in antioxidants. It has a big role in preventing heart diseases. A small amount of cocoa in your coffee will give it a chocolatey flavor, and at the same time you have a very healthy drink, and zero added sugar.
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Final Words From Me
These are just a few ideas for improving your coffee and its nutritional value on a daily basis. Everything else depends on your lifestyle and your diet.
It’s very important to mention that coffee should be consumed responsibly, to reduce the use of sugars and sweeteners, in order to feel all the benefits that coffee has to offer.
It’s not recommended to drink coffee late in the evening or at night, because it might lower the quality of sleep.
How about you? Do you have a favorite way to naturaly sweeten your coffee?
Share with us in the comments, I would love to hear from you, and might give someone a great idea.
Enjoy Your Coffee!
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