Happy Monday! If you are like me, you are probably wondering where did the weekend go? It’s now early Monday morning and you are tired, and I mean beyond tired. All you can think about is COFFEE! Am I right? I mean if you’re like me, this is my first thought. Coffee is my absolute lifesaver to get me through days that I am dragging, and it tastes SO good…bonus!
Over the weekend, I was having coffee with a friend. I arrived first and when she arrived, she went up to the counter and ordered her drink. Sidebar: have you ever walked into a coffee shop and was instantly overwhelmed by the number of options we have? I mean how does one choose their perfect coffee? When she sat down, she started talking about how she is always tired, and coffee doesn’t do it anymore. I asked her what she put in her coffee and wow, that was one of the longest titles I have ever heard. I mean it was no longer coffee, it was pure sugar and cream. That made me think and I decided to do a little more research on what people were putting in their coffee and what might be the benefits or non-benefits.
What I found out…the majority of people seem to be loading up their coffee with cream and sugar. Which is completely ruining the healthy aspects of coffee drinking and most likely already starting the day off on a bad (diet) note. Did you know that adding just a standard serving of cream and sugar to your coffee creates 50 calories, 1.42 grams of fat and 9.14 grams of carbs? More details here.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I 100% love a Starbucks latte, or even an occasional Frappuccino in the summer with its high calorie and sugar content. However, this is not an everyday occasion, it is a treat. So, let’s talk about it ladies and gentlemen, what does our morning cup of java look like?
According to many articles and research over the years like in this article, it turns out coffee can actually be really good for you. Take that in moderations as something isn’t always good for you if you load it up with cream and sugar. Adding too much is completely taking away from the actual benefits. Here are a few health benefits to drinking that Cup a’ Joe- or whatever you want to call it:
- Protects the liver
- Helps you feel less tired and increases energy levels
- Improves memory
- Improves mood
- Helps boost the metabolic rate
- Essential nutrients
What happens when we add sugar and cream?
Well besides turning a perfectly healthy cup of coffee into something more harmful than good? You are hurting your body in more ways than one- but you probably already knew that. I was a major culprit of this, latte every day or extra cream and doing it 2-3x per day- major fail on my diet, which I keep pretty clean. It wasn’t until I started bikini/ fitness competitions that I realized keeping “loaded” coffee to a minimum was easy and super important- not to mention I actually like the taste!
Fabulous substitutes for sugar and cream
Of course, there are many other options as well if you don’t want to drink your coffee black. Like Stevia- a zero calorie sweetener, and almond milk (which also contains protein), nut milk, or coconut milk. Even adding cinnamon is a great way to add a bit of sweetness and cinnamon is known to boost your immune system. These healthier substitutions for cream and sugar that you can add to your coffee to make it part of a more balanced diet.
I would imagine at this point you are thinking about what you add to your daily java and I want you to share. What are you adding to your coffee in the morning or even better, tell us your order!
Here are a few great articles about coffee and how it can affect your health:
Guest Contributor Blogger: Kathryn Marks