With coffee being the most popular beverage in the world—107 million people consume coffee every day in the United States alone—it would seem a little education on healthier coffee additives is critical.
Most coffee additives contain copious amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and/or calories, so it would seem that plain black coffee is the safest and healthiest way to consume your coffee. But if drinking your java au natural is a deal breaker, then stick around, as I have a few options I think you may enjoy.
Before I dig into these, it may be helpful to start with your source of water. Not all water is created equal, and water can definitely have an effect on the end product, so it is best to start with filtered water. The source of your beans is a whole different topic, but if you can select free-trade, organic beans, that is ideal. Whatever your preference, the better the bean, the better the brew. 😉
Now for the nitty gritty.
5 Health Boosters That Supercharge Your Coffee
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it is literally the glue that supports, connects, and holds your body together. It helps give structure to your skin, joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, hair, fingernails, intestinal wall, and more.
Unfortunately, collagen levels can become depleted with age, which can deeply affect the way you look, feel, and move. The solution, though, is simple: Get more collagen protein as part of a healthy, balanced diet, and the best, simplest, and most cost-effective solution, in my opinion, is to use a collagen supplement like Ageless Multi-Collagen.
Recent scientific research has revealed several exciting health benefits of supplementation with collagen peptides, which has been shown to support:
- Healthy, firm, younger-looking skin
- Strong, healthy fingernails
- Healthy, stable joints
- Strong, healthy bones
- Healthy, strong tendons and ligaments
- Healthy appetite management
- Athletic performance and recovery
- Gut health
Toss some Ageless Multi-Collagen into your coffee and reap the benefits without any alteration to the taste or appearance of your coffee whatsoever. *You can still add stevia or one of the other options below to adjust the flavor.
If you need a bit of sweetener, how about stevia? This is an all-natural option, and a little goes a long way. Stevia contains zero calories and is up to 300 times sweeter than sucrose, which makes it an excellent sugar substitute.
Scientists have identified general health benefits in individuals who consume products made with stevia. It’s one of the best sweeteners on the market, in my opinion, because it doesn’t seem to have any of the negative side effects or potential risks that have been found with artificial sweeteners.
In addition, stevia has been to found to have antioxidant properties due to its composition of stevial glycosides. In fact, the stevia plant contains high amounts of natural antioxidants like polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, and folate.
It may have other beneficial properties, such as supporting heart health by potentially reducing total cholesterol, strengthening blood vessels, and promoting healthy blood clotting.
The bottom line is stevia can be a fantastic sugar alternative because it adds sweetness—and you can even find a variety of flavors (from vanilla to coconut to caramel to chocolate to pumpkin spice and many more) that can be dropped directly into your coffee—for just about anyone, including those with metabolic or blood sugar conditions or those looking for help controlling their calorie intake or weight.
3. Keto Elevate + Grass-Fed Butter (or Ghee) AKA Homemade Bulletproof Coffee
Keto Elevate is an MCT oil powder/creamer that provides all of its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) as Caprylic Acid (C8), which is rapidly and efficiently converted into ketones—a natural energy source for the brain and body. Here are some of the key features and benefits of Keto Elevate:
- 8 grams of C8 (per serving)—the most powerful, most ketogenic MCT
- Pure C8 MCT oil powder—not blended with C10 or C12
- Super-convenient powder that’s portable and easy to mix—no clean-up required (I was honestly surprised how well it mixes the first time I used it!)
- Unflavored and unsweetened with a smooth, creamy texture (and slightly sweet taste) to enhance the taste of beverages and recipes—rather than dull or overpower them like other creamers
- Can be added to any beverage or recipe—it’s a delicious coffee creamer that’s great with protein shakes, perfect for fat bombs, and much, much more
- May support elevated ketone levels and the benefits of ketosis—even without a highly restrictive ketogenic diet
- Supports increased energy levels, mental clarity, and focus
- Supports metabolic function and appetite management
- Complementary to ketogenic lifestyle, biohacking, intermittent fasting, and an active lifestyle.
Cinnamon is well-known for its beneficial effects on digestion and has been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Due to its rich supply of polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids, cinnamon is considered to have powerful antioxidant properties. And some research suggests it helps reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness by supporting a healthy inflammatory response.
With a hint of sweetness, cinnamon can be added to many foods (and even drinks) while providing just 19 calories per tablespoon yet 4 grams of fiber and no sugar. As with most spices, a little goes a long way in terms of both flavor and benefits. Cinnamon goes well in just about anything, from protein shakes to oatmeal to coffee and tea.
I just sprinkle a little bit on top of my coffee, and it really adds so much depth and flavor.
5. Protein Powder
BioTrust Low Carb protein powder is a great-tasting, ultra-convenient way to enjoy the benefits of a diet higher in protein, such as:
- Greater calorie burn
- Thermic effect of feeding
- Retention of calorie-burning lean muscle while losing fat
- Overall improved body composition
- Improved recovery from exercise
Now I have always said a protein shake is the “Breakfast of Champions,” so for those folks who always start their day with a cup of coffee, why not combine the two and really make it the “Kicked Up Breakfast of Champions”? You could use the Café Mocha flavor of LowCarb instead of getting a calorie-dense beverage from one of those fancy, overpriced coffee chains😉. It’s just as tasty and will help boost your results rather than sabotage them.
Supercharge Your Coffee: A Recap
With just one of these simple ingredients, you can boost the flavor and health benefits of a plain-old cup of Joe—or combine a couple of them and experiment to make the perfect cup for you. And if you’re looking for a coffee that is a little more “gourmet”, here are some other tasty treats!