It's National Coffee Day, and as Americans, our love for the magical cuppa Joe runs oh, so deep.
But have you ever thought about whether what's in your daily cup is helping or hurting you? Is it possible to have a delicious yet healthy cup of coffee? You betcha.
Below are my tips to health-ify your java so you can reap all the tasty benefits:
C O F F E E
Cutoff time: Remember that coffee is a stimulant which can impact our ability to sleep deeply through the night. So if you're struggling with shut-eye and/or stress, try cutting back on your servings and/or having your last cup by noon.
Organic: Just like with other produce, buying organic coffee beans will ensure that we're not consuming chemical pesticides and that we're getting the most nutrients possible.
Forget the sugar: As I'm sure you know, sugar doesn't do a body good, especially if you're a multiple-cups-a-day drinker. Overconsumption of sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and other diet-related diseases. If you need the sweetness, opt for organic Stevia.
Forget the artificial processed creamers: They are loaded with trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other artificial junk that our bodies can do without. Instead, opt for coconut milk, almond milk, or grass-fed organic whole fat milk creamers. *The saturated fat from grass-fed organic cows has been linked to reduction in obesity and heart disease.
Experiment: Try adding cinnamon, cacao powder, or grass-fed organic raw butter! I know that sounds crazy, but check out www.bulletproofexec.com to learn more.
Enjoy slowly: Smell that aroma. Feel the warmth of the cup in your hands. Taste the fullness of the flavor with each sip. Ahhh. By being mindful and present, our morning brew can add to our morning ritual and create the foundation for an invigorating day.