Sep. 13 2018
Most of us rely on a cup of coffee as part of our morning routine, to inject a little caffeine and energy into our day–and, let’s be honest, it’s usually more than just one cup. The same way eating the same lunch each day gets boring, we often tire of the typical (yet delicious), cream-and-sugar coffee pairing. To make your mornings just a little more exciting, we’re sharing 10 coffee additions to turbo-charge your daily cup of joe. Find them below.
- Cinnamon. Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice, and adds a warmth to your already brewed coffee. Cinnamon can reduce nausea, inflammation, and rev up your metabolism. Added bonus – its antibacterial benefits help to ward off colds year-round!
- Butter. You’ve heard of bulletproof coffee, so now you can put it to the test. Adding one tablespoon of butter to your hot coffee (don’t try this with your cold brew) allows for the coffee to be released more slowly into your bloodstream, for a longer stream of energy throughout the day.
- Coconut milk. Use some of your leftover coconut milk from last night’s curry recipe to thicken your morning coffee. This dairy-free alternative adds a subtle coconut flavor, and also makes for a rich cup without using artificial creamer.
- Ginger. Christmas in a glass! Adding a small scoop of this warming spice, or infusing a small hunk of raw ginger into your coffee mimics a gingerbread latte like no other! Ginger is a powerhouse in soothing inflammation, promotes healthy cholesterol, and protects your liver – maybe the best thing after a night out.
- Vanilla Extract/Vanilla Bean. A quintessential addition to your cup – vanilla and coffee just go together. Rather than using processed vanilla simple syrup, add a few drops of vanilla extract (remember – it is typically alcohol-based, so a little goes a long way). Or, drop a split vanilla bean pod into your pot as you brew to infuse flavor into your entire kettle.
- Peppermint Oil. Just a dash will do – adding peppermint oil to your drink can sub for a healthier alternative to a winter peppermint latte. However, it can be easy to overdo this, so just start with one drop and go from there. Peppermint contains a host of vitamins and aids in digestion, which is a perfect pair for coffee (known as a diuretic).
- Dark Chocolate. If you love mochas, this add-in is for you. Drop a few shavings or a small square of dark chocolate into your hot coffee, and let it melt slowly into your drink. You’ll get all the known antioxidant benefits from dark chocolate first thing in the morning, and the sweetness will help curb cravings for the rest of the day.
- Honey or Agave. Another sweet option – rather than choosing your usual white or brown sugar to stir into your coffee, try honey or agave nectar. This more natural form of sugar contains less sucrose than regular white sugar, which means its tastes sweeter and you’ll need to use less to get the sweet boost.
- Kosher Sea Salt. A pinch of kosher sea salt (very different from your usual table salt) in your cup can help offset some of the bitterness. It is recommended to put a pinch in your grounds before brewing for a smoother taste.
- Ice Cream. If you want to go for it, go for it! Hey, there’s no shame in indulging once in a while with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in your coffee, turning your usual morning drink into an affogato. While this may not be the healthiest alternative, restricting your cravings too tightly can turn into indulging a little too much later.