Few things in this world are as comforting as a hot cup of coffee. And while coffee is generally considered to be a healthy drink, there are ways to make it even healthier.
Coffee is the most antioxidant-rich food in some people's diets, outranking both fruit and vegetable consumption combined.
Here are some tips to make your coffee even healthier.
Drink coffee in the morning, not after 2-3pm
Coffee is best consumed early in the day, between 6–10 a.m., because coffee can interfere with sleep.
It's also recommended to avoid coffee after 2–3 p.m., since its stimulating effects will be at their peak during the evening hours, disturbing your sleep yet again if consumed too close to bedtime.
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Choose quality coffee
It's important to choose high-quality and freshly roasted coffee because coffee beans are most nutritionally dense just days after roasting. When choosing coffee, go for coffee beans that have been hand-picked and hand-roasted by a coffee roaster you trust.
Grinding coffee before brewing it further preserves the nutrients in coffee.
Give your coffee a scoop of protein powder
Adding a scoop of protein powder to coffee is a healthful and tasty way to boost your coffee's nutritional profile.
Add natural ingredients like cinnamon and honey
Adding in some cinnamon will also help regulate insulin production and lower blood sugar levels.
Instead of using sugar, try adding honey instead. Honey has been shown to improve the body's metabolism of coffee by speeding up caffeine clearance from the blood.
The problem with coffee is that so many of us drink it mindlessly, burning our tongues and staining our teeth without even thinking about what we're doing. Next time try and enjoy the taste, instead of just drinking it for the effect.
Limit coffee intake to 1 cup per day or less (if you're sensitive)
If coffee is consumed in excess, it can cause jitters and raise blood pressure levels.
Drink coffee in moderation. If coffee upsets your stomach or makes you feel jittery, consider cutting back by half a cup per day every week until you notice an improvement.
Drink coffee up to 2-3 hours after eating
Coffee should not be consumed with food; it should always be finished first. Drink coffee between meals, not during them. The ideal time to drink coffee is 2-3 hours after a meal so that coffee does not interfere with digestion or result in indigestion.
Avoid artificial creamers
When it comes to coffee, many people like to add artificial creamers for a richer flavor. However, these creamers are not healthy and can make coffee less nutritious.
Artificial creamers are often high in sugar and unhealthy fats, and they can also contain harmful chemicals. In addition, they can often be thick, which can make coffee less enjoyable to drink.
There are many healthier alternatives to artificial creamers. One option is to use unsweetened almond milk, which has a mild flavor that pairs well with coffee. Coconut milk is another great option.
The bottom line
So, if you’re looking for a way to make your coffee habit healthier, we suggest following the tips in this article. Adding protein powder, cinnamon, and honey are all great ways to make your coffee more nutritious and delicious.
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