There are many theories and studies about coffee, and since I love the stuff, I believe in the health benefits of it (in rational amounts, of course). You all have probably heard of the new-ish "Bulletproof coffee" trend at this point. It's basically coffee with butter and MCT oil. It's meant to give you energy and healthy fats, and be a great way to start the day, no breakfast needed. My approach is somewhat altered, but the idea is the same. Coffee which provides energy, healthy fats, and gives you energy for the day ahead.
For me, it started when I decided to stop using milk in my coffee (as this was the only place where I used milk. I'm not staying away from dairy altogether, but since milk is one of those products that can be hard to digest, I thought that I won't be missing much in my life.
Problem was, i don't like dark coffee. If it works for you-great! For me, I want, no, need something in my coffee. This is where *drumroll* coconut oil comes in. It adds this coconut-y exotic taste, and the healthy fats which help coffee's acidic properties not be too hard on the stomach. Moreover, coconut oil has the MCTs which are part of the bulletproof coffee recipe, amongst many other benefits, which I will be sure to discuss with you shortly.
Then, I literally started spicing things up. Most of the time i also add a bit of cinnamon and turmeric to my coffee. Turmeric, amongst many beneficial properties, is a great anti-inflammatory spice, which is great not only for athletes to help muscle recovery, but also for everyday things, like fighting off a nasty cold. It also increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, as well as aids in delaying aging. It's basically magical.
Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps lower blood sugar levels, helps fight off bacterial and fungal infections, speed up metabolism, and it just tastes good!
All you need is a cup of coffee, made however you prefer (I love my stovetop espresso maker), a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a dash of cinnamon and turmeric. Mix it all up well in your cup, and enjoy this healthy drink!
*Make sure to get cold-pressed, raw, organic, virgin coconut oil, and try to go for organic spices also. I also switched to organic coffee, as it is one of the most sprayed crops. A great place to buy your products is Thrive Market for their wholesale prices, or an organic store.
Try this recipe, and let me know what you think!