If you’re the kind of person who only drinks their coffees in the form of a Venti Caramel Macchiato, this is probably not for you.
However, if you’re a slightly psychotic health freak like me, then keep reading, because the world of spices is about to blow your mind.
Whether you keep forgetting to take your vitamins, or you purposely stay away because you prefer to live a pill free life, there are many reasons we should all be boosting our morning coffees with adaptogens, phytonutrients, and whatever else.
Also, who doesn’t love multitasking?
Here are six ways to make your morning coffee healthy as fuck, what better way to start the day?
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Ok, boring start, I know.
Obviously, sprinkling cinnamon on top of your coffee is not that uncommon, but I feel like we’re not acknowledging the true benefits of this majestic spice.
Sure, it tastes great and gives a comforting, earthy feel to your almond milk lattes, but trust me, it’s so much more than that.
Cinnamon has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and it has a shit ton of nutrients that we need to appreciate more.
We all know that cinnamon is great for when you’re sick, but more than just boosting your immune system, it also helps fight bacterial and fungal infections, and bacteria such as Salmonella and viruses like HIV-1.
Like, it literally kills Salmonella and HIV.
That’s some intense shit right there.
Not only does cinnamon contain a shit ton of antioxidants, but it even beats most other spices, including garlic. Although as opposed to garlic, cinnamon actually reduces bad breath. Clear winner.
In addition to this, it has anti-inflammatory properties, cuts the risk of heart disease, improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood sugar, and reduces the growth of cancer cells.
Ceylon is the “true” cinnamon, the real shit, while Cassia is the one we usually get in the store.
So before you start pouring cinnamon into your coffee, I feel like it’s good to mention that the cinnamon we usually buy in the store is not the real stuff.
Basically commercial versions of cinnamon is the “Cassia” variety, which can be dangerous in large doses (even read somewhere that more than a tsp a day of this hurts your liver more than being an alcoholic…ouch.)
So I recommend hopping into a health food store and getting the Ceylon Cinnamon (the real shit), or you can just order it on Amazon here.
As for how to add this magical powdered bark into your coffee, there are a few different ways:
– Stir 1 tsp into your coffee
– Mix the cinnamon into the grounds before brewing
– Sprinkle it on top
You won’t regret it.
There is one spice, and one spice only, that I will willingly smuggle through Europe to maintain the quality of my morning smoothies, and that is the Maca root.
Although normal in most countries, there are some where you literally have to get it prescribed from your fucking doctor.
Yes, I’m bitter about it. I just want my smoothies.
Maca is known for hormonal benefits like enhancing fertility (ugh), but also increases athletic performance, energy levels, as well as learning and memory.
It’s high in protein and vitamin C, and literally has over 20 amino acids, 20 free-form acids.
Best part? It makes anything taste like caramel.
With Maca you can actually use up to three times more than other spices, as it doesn’t really have any negative effects, so I recommend adding 3tsp to your coffee which is also going to make the caramel flavor even more obvious.
I recommend the Organic Maca from Zen Spirits which you can get here.
Unless you’ve already heard of Four Sigmatic and their Mushroom Coffees, you’re probably cringing right now.
But I swear it’s not as gross as it sounds.
Obviously when it comes to health benefits it completely depends on your mushroom of choice, but what most of them have in common is that they support immune function, and have extreme anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-everything qualities.
An example of a great mushroom coffee is the Chaga and Lion’s Mande one from Four Sigmatic, which increases productivity, focus and energy.
Apparently this has been used by Buddhist monks during meditations for ages, so sadly we’re not being revolutionary here. Basically you get a sense of pure Zen along with being hyper focused, so it’s definitely worth trying out.
And no, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms.
Just tastes like normal coffee.
Get the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee here.
Also, we need to talk about Raw Cacao.
What a lot of people don’t know about coffee is that it inhibits iron absorption, which means that vegan health freaks who drink more than the recommended dose of caffeine will usually have lower iron levels.
It’s not the lack of meat causing it, it’s the psychotic coffee habits.
Well, there’s a solution (other than chickpeas).
Raw cacao powder actually contains high amounts of iron, being one of the highest sources that are plant-based. So adding this to your coffee will immediately balance it out, which gives us time to worry about more important things like world peace and calcium instead.
Similarly to the other spices mentioned, raw cacao is of the more powerful antioxidants, and it also balances cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and has the same cognitive benefits as Turmeric, like being a mood enhancer and natural antidepressant.
Oh, and if you’re hungover, then raw cacao will provide you the magnesium you need to feel human again.
Again, adding this to your coffee is as simple as stirring it in, sprinkling on top, or mixing in with the grounds before brewing.
And no, Starbucks Mochas don’t count.
The best raw cacao is the one from Viva Naturals, which you can get here.
Ginger is actually a great hangover cure as it’s been used to treat nausea for ages, and similar to cinnamon, it has anti-inflammatory compounds and a shit ton of antioxidants.
Read: The Ultimate Guide To Curing A Hangover
More than that, it’s pure magic for your digestion, which makes it a great way to start the day, and also reduces muscle pain and lowers cholesterol.
Again, you can easily just stir 1tsp into your morning coffee to get these benefits.
Obviously you can buy pre-powdered ginger, but I prefer making my own with fresh ginger.
Just grate it, stir it in, and freeze the leftover powder.
I recommend the Organic, Raw Ginger Powder from Healthworks.
Yes, one of the weird instagram lattes made it onto the list.
Turmeric lattes have obviously been all over social media in the past few years due to the pop of color they give your Instagram feed, but more than just being aesthetically pleasing, turmeric is one of the absolute healthiest spices on the Goddamn planet.
It’s actually insane.
For stressed out millennials who regularly drown their sorrows in wine, this is definitely the spice to focus on.
It supports liver detoxification (yay), heals your digestive system, and can be used to treat depression as it promotes a balanced mood.
In addition to this, it improves cholesterol levels, balances blood sugar, inhibits ulcers from forming, soothes irritated tissue, relieves joint pain and stiffness, aids in healing wounds, prevents early aging and liver disease, reduces symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, viral infections, etc.
Now, if you’re not in the mood to go out to a hippie café and pay $18 for a Turmeric Golden Spice Latte, then you can literally just add that shit to your coffee at home.
Some people choose to add black pepper as well, as it makes turmeric more effective by changing its bioavailability or something, but I just stick to Turmeric.
They’re not wrong, I just hate pepper.
Do what you wish.