Coffee is healthy. Very healthy actually. It’s the junk we put in it that makes it otherwise.
That’s one major reason that, for the absolute best coffee experience, we suggest carefully brewing high-quality, artisan-roasted fresh beans, and enjoying it black. However, if you must add something to your morning glory (no judgment!), we recommend staying away from fatty creamers and mounds of sugar. Instead, try one of these five fantastic alternatives that taste great and are better for you.
Chicory root in coffee goes back to Napoleon’s ‘Continental Blockade’ Of 1808. The historical act forced a coffee shortage in France where the French reverted to using the root of the flowering plant to stretch their coffee supply. Eventually, the practice became a tradition that would even follow its people to the French colonies, like Louisiana. As a result, New Orleans is today known for chicory-infused coffee.
So, firstly, try some chicory root from any health food store. Grind it with your beans and brew like normal. While it won’t add caffeine to your fix, it will provide a warm, chocolatey, and almost wood-like flavor, while offering a great source of inulin — a prebiotic fiber to help with increased weight loss and gut health.
Secondly, sweeten things up by putting a spoonful of honey in your hot coffee and give it a stir. Honey is a classic, natural, and healthy sweetener, but, for the best results, track down some local raw honey. It can help with seasonal allergies, has healing properties, acts as a natural antiseptic, and it can even reduce the lifespan of colds and tame the flu (not sure what it does for the Rona, but it can’t be bad!).
If honey tastes too medicinal for you (like it does for me), cut the sweetness with a bit of cinnamon.
That’s right. Cinnamon.
Here’s a way to (literally) spice up your coffee: toss a full cinnamon stick in it. This will add just a touch of sweetness without overshadowing the flavor of the coffee.
Most importantly, it will make your morning routine healthier.
Consuming cinnamon has a myriad of proven health benefits. It is chock-full of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can lower blood sugar levels. Some people even claim it can help to fight against cancer, diabetes, and the HIV virus. So whether you just like the taste or you want to chase away all the bad juju, cinnamon can be a complementary additive to a quality cup of coffee.
Next up: oat milk.
In recent years, oat milk has understandably been all the rage behind brew bars around the globe. Unlike other non-dairy options like almond or coconut, it is rich and creamy in texture. This is because oat milk has natural proteins and fats that help it to emulate the molecular structure of dairy better than any of its competitors.
It is also loaded with nutrients including calcium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A and D. It is vegan and even free of allergens found in other non-dairy options.
Try steaming it or just putting a splash of it in your cup!
Finally, try a few drops of CBD oil (Cannabidiol). While it is a relatively new product, it’s believed to do wonders for anything from anxiety to epilepsy. To get your fix, try doing like the hippest of coffee shops by adding a bit to your morning routine. Drop some in your cup or mix it in with your French Press.
Keep in mind that the higher quality beans you have, the less you’ll notice the taste, and if you’re antsier to feel the effects, just enjoy your coffee by itself and drop some under your tongue.
Welp, there you have it! Steer clear from gallons of unhealthy creamers and buckets of sugar. The right amount of additives at the right time can jazz things up in a surprisingly delicious way.