Coffee in and of itself boasts some impressive health benefits, it also boosts your memory, decreases your risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and even improves exercise endurance when consumed moderately. The problem is that coffee often serves as a vehicle for cream and sugar, adding a lot of extra calories to what might be an otherwise healthy drink. If the idea of black coffee makes you want to gag, there’s still hope. These delicious coffee recipes taste like the specialty coffee drinks you overpay for at the café, and they’re actually good for you too.
Iced Vanilla Latte
Most people avoid making their own coffee at home because they think it’ll take a lot of work. This cool, caffeinated latte requires only three ingredients, and you can adjust the calorie level (or even make it dairy-free) by using skim milk or choosing almond or coconut milk. Avoid sugar and calories with sugar-free vanilla syrup.
Keeping with the careful calorie counting, take a load off (and don’t worry about getting dressed up) and create your own frozen coffee drink at home. Use coffee or espresso as you like, and make coffee ice cubes so the flavor doesn’t get diluted. Using low-fat milk and unsweetened cocoa powder cuts the calories to a fraction of what they would be at your local big-box coffee shop. Best of all, once the cubes are frozen, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Four Flavoured Syrups And A Coffee Brew
You can create four different at-home syrups that are healthier than what you’ll find at the café and can be combined for very interesting flavors. If you need a light version, use a sugar substitute. Almond syrup, cinnamon brown sugar syrup, and vanilla bean syrup are all standard favorites, but the blackberry syrup is excellent as well and gives your coffee drink a fun purple or pink color when mixed with creamer!
Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte
Honey and cinnamon are two of the least processed substances you can find, and you can use organic milk or opt for a non-dairy alternative if necessary. Coconut milk tends to be sweetest, and almond milk adds a nutty flavor that blends well with the other ingredients. There’s no need for processed sugar since the honey sweetens on its own, and the entire process only takes about ten minutes! You can spend that much time doctoring up your drink at the café.
Coffee Banana Smoothie
Smoothies are packed full of vitamins, fiber, and protein, and adding coffee to the mix gives you a jolt of caffeine to get your energy flowing for the rest of the day. Bananas also have a lot of potassium, which is good for muscles as well. This recipe is filled with natural ingredients that boost your immune system and keep your body clean, also adding elements to the complex taste and texture.
It’s a natural alternative to refined sugar, giving it an extra layer of flavor. Add other spices as well to make it more complex. Choose milk that fits your diet if you need to be dairy-free or low fat. No matter how you dress it up — or down — it tastes great!
Those are some healthy coffee recipes below to kick-start your day in a refreshing and healthy way. Just switching your usual super sweet coffee with one of them. Try one of the low calories coffee above. It is an equally satisfying option.