Many readers might be surprised to hear that I drink coffee every morning. It’s true. I love everything about coffee…from the aroma of the brewing pot to the ritual of taking my first sip….I LOVE COFFEE. However, what I don’t always love is the blood sugar spike and crash that happens with drinking coffee on an empty stomach in the morning. I’m a big believer in the power of blood sugar control to keep energy, hormones and mood stable so for a period of time I tried to give up my morning Cup of Joe.
But I missed it.
And I’m not a morning TEA person.
I’m a morning COFFEE person.
So to keep my blood sugar happy, I decided to take my own advice and developed a whole meal, healthy cup of coffee. Well actually, it’s a SUPERFOOD coffee that contains a protein, healthy fat and carbohydrate….3 components that keep my blood sugar stable and my nutritionist mind at ease.
Oh and I feel smarter and I think my hair is shinier too 🙂
How do I make this miracle in a cup? Let me share my secret SUPERFOOD ingredients with you.
To my cup of organic coffee I add:
Coconut Oil: The evidence supporting the health benefits of coconut oil is mountainous. The combination of fatty acids in coconut oil give it magical brain-building powers. Not only that, but the lauric acid in coconut oil will help to combat fungi, viruses and bacteria. I use a supplement derived from coconut oil when my kids are sick and encourage the use of coconut oil in our cooking, baking and now…coffee consumption! This is my favorite brand of coconut oil. I add about 1 tablespoon to my coffee.
Gelatin: Gelatin is a processed version of the structural protein collagen, and helps make our skin, bones and tendons strong and healthy. When gelatin is consumed from grass-fed cows it can be wonderfully healing for the digestive tract as well. Not only that, but gelatin also contains a ton of natural protein, without any chemical fillers. I make homemade fruit snacks with our grass-fed gelatin, and now I put it in my coffee as well. This is my favorite brand for making fruit snacks (it gels) and this is my favorite brand for coffee (it does not gel). I add about 1 teaspoon to my healthy cup of coffee.
Raw Honey: Raw honey has not been heated or pasteurized so it contains all the living enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants it gets from nature. I used raw honey in California, but now that we are living in Argentina I am unable to find it. If you have access to raw honey where you live, try substituting raw honey for regular sugar in your coffee. Honey adds a little sweetness to your healthy cup of coffee.
Raw Homemade Almond Milk: I used to use a coconut creamer in the USA (that I LOVED) until I studied the ingredient list and read: Carrageenan. Carrageenan is a seaweed-derived additive that helps make non-dairy products creamy and smooth but has been shown to cause inflammation in the gut, something I try very hard to avoid. So for that reason I had to give up my beloved coconut creamer and now use homemade almond milk in my healthy cup of coffee. On the mornings I blend up my almond milk (about once a week) I skim the foam off the top and my coffee turns into an instant latte. Those are good mornings. You can also make your own dairy free coffee creamer too!
Preparation: BLEND IT UP! I used to add all these ingredients into a cup and stirred it with a spoon, but then I read about blending coffee. At first I thought–NO WAY–too much effort (I’m blending things all day long in the kitchen and not looking for more projects). But finally I tried it, and it made my cup of coffee 5 times yummier. So now I pull out my magic bullet blender for coffee in the AM. It makes a big difference in the taste so I encourage blending this coffee recipe. I add one cup of black coffee, 1 teaspoon gelatin, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 tablespoons almond milk to a small single serve blender (magic bullet type) and blend for 10 seconds. You can also use an immersion blender.
Do you drink a healthy cup of coffee by adding SUPERFOOD boosters? Tell me about it in the comments below!