Lots of people cannot start their day without at least one cup of strong coffee. Not a problem; coffee in and of itself is healthy enough. Coffee contains B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, fiber, zinc, copper, and chromium. Drunk in moderation, it can help you focus and feel energetic. Also, it’s just plain delicious.
The real problem with coffee drinking comes with the additives people put in it: creamers with hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, and dangerous artificial sweeteners.
Here are some simple ways to make your cup of coffee a lot healthier for you:
When you drink coffee made from organic beans you can be sure that there are no pesticides finding their way into your body. Opt for fair-trade to be sure the workers you produced the beans were paid fair-wages and well-treated
Stevia is the most natural non-sugar sweetener available. It’s made from the stevia plant, contains no synthetic ingredients, and it’s free of GMO’s, allergens, and additives. Buy organic to be safe.
Coffee is a rich source of chromium, and therefore helps regulate normal blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also contains a lot of chromium, and is a great flavor additive to a cup of coffee. It’s also a great substitute for sugar.
Unsweetened Nondairy Milk
If cow’s milk is not an option (and it shouldn’t be), nondairy milk is the best option for your coffee: it contains no palm oil or cane syrup, which are simply forms of sugar. Nondairy milk contains a ton of calcium and vitamin B12. Be sure to choose an unsweetened variety.
If you need to add flavor to your coffee, be sure to an organic, alcohol-free brand.