Avoid falling for the sugary add-ons from the coffee shop. These DIY boosters taste just as good without the health hazards
Your morning coffee is one of the healthiest hot beverages. While caffeine is a stimulant for the brain, it also powers up the metabolism and the antioxidants nurture the body. However, if you're getting your fix from the cafe next door, you are probably cancelling out the health benefits by asking for the extras -- sugar, creamer, whipped topping and flavoured syrups. Don't even get us started about the numerous calories they contain. Rely on these DIY coffee boosters instead.
A dash of ground cinnamon will bring spicy sweetness without any calories. What it does add, however, is a huge amount of antioxidants.
Health boost: Antioxidants slow down ageing and keep blood sugar levels in check. It keeps your insulin from spiking, so you won't get that crash-and-burn feeling that happens after sugar-laden coffee.
Chai not coffee is the first beverage that comes to mind for elaichi. However, the “queen of spices” gives a whole new meaning to the term caffeine jolt because of its aphrodisiac properties.
Health boost: Cardamom is known to help with intestinal, cardiovascular and urinary tract problems.
A bit of freshly grated ginger will send get your tastebuds nostalgic about gingerbread sweets.
Health boost: Great when you have an upset stomach. Ginger alleviates inflammation also. A recent study has shown it can decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Silicon valley tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey made the idea of adding coconut oil to coffee famous with his “bulletproof coffee” recipe — a non-dairy, low-carb alternative to good ol' coffee – for quick fat loss.
Health boost: Coconut oil is a fat burner since it contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). The fat in the oil curbs hunger pangs for hours after breakfast.
Why have a high calorie chocolate latte when you can have the same effect with a few sprinkles of cocoa powder on your morning brew.
Health boost: Cocoa is packed with polyphenols and flavanoids, which are heart-healthy and disease-preventing.
These simple tweaks will make your morning cuppa lighter in calories yet rich in taste.