Coffee is a tricky subject when it comes to health.
My itself, coffee has a lot of proven health benefits. Here are a few:
-natural appetite suppressant
-protection against type 2 diabetes (yeah)
-decreasing chance of Parkinsons disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and Alzheimer's disease (non-exhaustive list)
-aids in weight loss and fat loss
-natural pre-workout to help increase energy, push harder and burn more fat during exercise.
HOWEVER, you won't get those benefits if you consume it like most of America where you become fluent in coffiese (the language of coffee) and add in a ton of sugar from the assortment of creamers and syrups.
So, how do you flavor your coffee without adding a ton of sugar or inches to your waistline?
Well, you can:
1. Adjust your palate by decreasing the amount of sugar and cream, purchase high quality coffee and learn to drink it black (which I did and drink it black often for pre-workout and for fun)
2. Make your own flavored creamer using different extracts (which I have also done and posted on in the past)
3. Use a high quality creamer only either non-dairy based (coconut or almond) or dairy based (organic, grassfed) which I also do
4. Use protein powder!! More on this below
Yes! You can add a couple of tablespoons of protein powder to your coffee for a high protein, low sugar creamer of sorts.
Because both the protein and coffee help to keep you feeling fuller longer, if you are a person who drinks coffee in lieu of eating first thing in the morning, this can give you a better, more balanced beverage meal of sorts giving you protein, carbs and fats with lower sugar.
The protein powder can also help you if you have issues consuming enough protein for your workout needs, macros or body goals which will also help you crave and consume less carbs and sugars throughout the day.
Lastly and the reason I use this method occasionally; I'm a little hungry, but not able to workout just yet. I like to workout before eating, but today I have to workout a little later, so the protein coffee will knock off the hunger edge until I'm able to workout.
The best method is to add the powder to the coffee to reduce clumps and mix with a knife.
If this still doesn't work, you can also add a couple of TBSP of cold water to the protein powder in a separate bowl to make a paste of sorts, then add that to your coffee. It won't dilute the coffee and you'll still get the protein benefits.
Which methods have you tried to healthify your coffee?
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