Most wake up in the morning and cannot function without their coffee. So you are on a diet and now they tell you that coffee cannot be part of your diet plan or can it? Can you now be classed as a healthy coffee addict? Coffee can be attributed to many health benefits so this must be why you keep drinking it everyday.
Everyone needs a little pick me up hence why so many resort to coffee. Drinking coffee will make you feel less tired because it contains the stimulant called caffeine. Coffee is a stimulant like nicotine and cocaine. It is very addictive and it is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world. Once you drink coffee the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Some would say it is the sensory feel, the smell of the coffee beans and the frothing of the milk that makes them want to get up every morning and drink their cup of coffee. It is the vibe, sense and presentation. Walking away from your favourite coffee shop with that coffee cup in your hand. You are now set for the day.
A single cup of coffee contains:
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Daily Intake (RDI).
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
- Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
- Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
The School of Medicine at The University of Nottingham have found that drinking coffee even when on a diet can actually stimulate “brown fat” which burns calories to generate body heat.
Coffee can reduce energy intake and boost metabolism by 3-11 per cent and exercise performance by 11-12 per cent on average. It is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants that provide benefits to the skin, scalp and hair.
As a way of pampering yourself you can buy a coffee scrub to use on your skin as an exfoliant. Highly recommend this to all brides. Great all over body routine to start just before your wedding day and really make it part of your routine as you will glow and feel radiant on the day. You can even treat acne with it and increase blood flow and balance ph levels.
It definitely will improve your energy level and make you smarter. Examining the effects of caffeine on the brain through controlled studies, one can demonstrate that it can temporarily improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general brain function.
Drinking coffee late in the day can interfere with your sleep patterns. Poor sleep is associated with all sorts of health problems. Abstaining from coffee after 2-3pm is a good guide. Although some people who drink it late in the day still manage to have their beauty sleep and it does not interfere in any way.
By adding sugar to your coffee will be one sure fire way to eliminate its overall health benefits. Drinking coffee is all about balancing its risks and benefits. One needs to listen to their body and consume no more than you can comfortably tolerate.
Adding cinnamon to your coffee is a herb that mixes particularly well with the flavour of coffee as it’s a tasty herb. It can lower blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetics. One review of 18 studies in 457 922 people associated each daily cup of coffee with a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
Cocoa powder being added to your coffee is also loaded with antioxidants and associated with all sorts of health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease. You are combining coffee with dark chocolate for extra health benefits.
Studies have also shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimers disease and 32- 60% lower risk of developing Parkinsons’s disease. This has been proven to be the most common neurodegenerative disease and is caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
Coffee addicts also have a lower risk of developing liver problems. Your liver is sensitive to excess alcohol and fructose intake. In your lifetime you can develop cirrhosis of the liver that involves most of your liver turning into scar tissue.
If you are a coffee addict you have 84% lower risk of developing cirrhosis especially if you drink 4 or more cups per day. You also have up to 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer. Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide.
Coffee can play a very positive role in your health. It belongs in the same category as healthy beverages like green tea. Drinking coffee can definitely be viewed as one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.
After you have completed your morning workout try one of these coffee combinations:
Keto Iced Coffee – part of your diet plan
- ½ a frozen avocado
- ½ a cup of coffee cold brew
- 1 and a ¼ cup of any milk
- 1 scoop of protein powder and some ice
Skinny Mocha Iced Coffee Frappe – one for the rocks
- 1 ½ cups chilled brewed coffee
- ½ cup almond milk unsweetened or milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups crushed ice
- ½ teaspoon – 1 teaspoon liquid chocolate stevia
Vanilla Almond Latte (served cold or hot) for the Paleo Vegan
- 1 cup almonds soaked overnight
- 1 ½ cups water + ½ cup more
- 1-3 medjool dates
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cold brew coffee or espresso for the hot version
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Almond Milk Cappuccino – who doesn’t love their cappuccino?
- 1-2 shots of espresso or 4 ounces of strong coffee
- ¼ -1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Coconut sugar or sweetner of choice
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Milk froth goes without sayingVegan Pumpkin Spice Latte – dairy & gluten free
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 cups or 500 ml freshly brewed coffee
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3 teaspoons maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- dash of cinnamon
Healthy Coffee Smoothie – Serve in a tall glass
- 1 cup chilled brewed coffee
- 1 banana cut into chunks
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp honey or agave nectar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- handful of ice cubes
It’s time for a cup of coffee?
Using the finest Vittoria Coffee you can head down to our various coffee houses that include Lilyfield’s Café Lobby, Riverwood’s Conca D’oro and soon to be open Café Lobby at Oatlands.