By now, most of us know that diets simply don’t work. Losing weight and getting healthy is a lifestyle filled with little choices that, over time, make all the difference! One of the biggest changes I’ve made to my daily diet is how I take my coffee. Making these simple choices to make your coffee healthy will get your day headed in the right direction and lead they way to a healthier day!
This is the biggest thing you will ever do to change your coffee. Everything else comes second. I know I know, sometimes Starbucks doesn’t offer our beloved Pumpkin Spice syrup in a sugar-free alternative. This is where we’ll have to make the hard choices to order something a little bit more on the classy side, if you will. Hear me out: if Ryan Gosling was standing behind you in line at Starbucks, what would you rather he hear you order? “I’ll have a pumpkin spiced latte with extra pumpkin with whip.” or… “I’ll have an Americano with room.”
Yeah. I thought so.
Also, be wary of sugar alternatives, as tempting as they are. Many times they can contain chemicals and hormones that you don’t want anywhere near your body! Your best bet? Complete sugar abstinence. It’ll be hard at first, but oh so worth it!
Choose your milk wisely
Did you know that you could be lactose intolerant and not even realize it?! I was 21 when I found out I was lactose intolerant because every morning I would wake up feeling skinny, I would drink cow’s milk during the day (I loved it!) and I would go to bed at night feeling bloated and sluggish. Every night! I decided to cut out dairy for a couple days to test my theory of being lactose intolerant and I have never. ever. gone. back. Now, even if I eat/drink a little bit of dairy, I get hugely bloated and a horrible stomach ache (sorry for that mental image, but you get what I’m saying).
What’s the alternative, you ask?
Remember, not all milks are the same. Most coffee shops will default to using whole milk in their lattes which thickens lightens the coffee like we’re used to. This doesn’t have to be our only option though! And before you resort to the oh-too-popular soy milk, read up on it a little. I could talk for a while about the dangers of soy milk but, instead, I’ll send you over to this amazing post about why you should never ever ever drink soy milk! The best alternatives for milk in coffee that I have found are 1. Almond milk and 2. Coconut milk. These go great with the nutty rich aroma that we love in coffee. Be sure to look for the “No Sugar Added” options!
ps. They come in vanilla flavors!
Flavor your coffee with natural flavors rather than syrups or creamers
Going through withdrawal without your pumpkin spiced latte?? PSST! They sell pumpkin pie spice at the grocery store! Check out this natural recipe for a healthy pumpkin spiced latte! Or, to make a mocha, add some cocoa powder to your brew. Even adding a couple drops of vanilla extract with some honey will dramatically bring sweetness and flavor to your morning cup!
Drink a dark roast
Take a look at this quote from Mercola.com:
“New research in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that dark roast coffee restored blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin E and glutathione more effectively than light roast coffee. The dark roast also led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, whereas the light roast did not.”
To sum up: drink dark roast to lose weight and not get cancer. Sounds good to me!
How do you make your coffee healthy? Let us know in the comments below!