Coffee-lovers would know how coffee helps them feel more energetic, and it goes beyond that. As the second most-consumed drink in the world after water, coffee can make you less fatigued, boost your productivity and even burn fat by speeding up your metabolism.
It’s a common misconception that drinking black coffee is the only way to keep a “healthy” coffee habit. But in fact, there are other ingredients you can add to enjoy your coffee that will not cause sugar to be high in your body.
Keep scrolling to find which hacks can help you relish your morning cup a bit more and make your coffee habit healthier, whether it’s adding a touch of cinnamon or switching up your creamer for something else.
Vanilla Almond Coffee
We will start the list with a simple recipe by mixing some vanilla and almond extract. You do not have to worry because this recipe has only four calories and requires no sugar.
- 1 pound of ground coffee
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of almond extract
- Place the coffee in a big jar with a tight lid. Add the vanilla and almond extract, then cover the jar and shake it well.
- Store the jar in a dry place or in the freezer.
- Prepare the coffee as usual when you want to.
Coffee Smoothie with Banana and Oats
If you do not have time for breakfast, then this smoothie is the best option to provide you with high protein and fiber. With 20g of protein, it requires no added sugar and can be fixed in just five minutes. You can also opt for instant or brewed coffee.
- Coffee, instant or brewed
- Dairy milk or any milk you prefer
- Rolled or instant oats
- Banana, freeze the banana before using it
- Greek yogurt
- Honey, if you want your smoothie a little sweeter. You can also substitute this with any sweetener of your choice.
- Make your coffee as usual in a mug, then chill it in the fridge until it is cold.
- Place all ingredients in your blender, and blend until it is smooth.
- Pour and enjoy the drink!
You can also make this smoothie vegan by using plant-based milk like oat, almond, or soy. In addition, if you want to make it sweeter, simply change the honey to maple syrup.
For those who do not know, a latte is almost like a cappuccino, except it is topped with a layer of foamy milk.
- ½ cup of milk
- ⅓ cup of hot brewed coffee
- Pour the milk into a microwave-safe cup, then microwave the milk on high for about one minute or until the milk is hot enough and some bubbles form on the surface.
- Whisk the milk vigorously using a metal whisk, then remove the foam formed into a different cup. Continue whisking until the froth measures 1/8 to 1/4 cup and set aside.
- Pour the coffee into a cup, then pour the remaining hot milk. Serve immediately with a scoop of foam on top.
Honey Spiced Latte
Instead of the famous pumpkin spiced latte, try this honey spiced variation for a fall beverage with rich flavor and creamy texture. This warm drink is made with rich molasses, golden honey, and a variety of spices. The honey offers a delicate sweetness, while the spices balance out the bitterness of the coffee for a healthy and delicious flavor combination.
- ½ cup of ground coffee
- 1 ½ cup of plain water
- 1 ⅓ cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of molasses
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon of ground cloves
- Whipped cream, optional
- Put the ground coffee into the filter of the coffee machine. Then, add some water and brew as per the instructions.
- Mix the milk, honey, molasses, sugar, and spices in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is cooked. When steaming, remove the saucepan from the heat, pour the mixture into a blender, and blend until foamy.
- Pour into a cup and add the coffee. Optionally, you can also top the drink with some whipped cream.
Dalgona Iced Coffee
Dalgona iced coffee, commonly known as “whipped coffee,” is a cold coffee beverage that originated in South Korea. It is made using iced milk and a thick layer of coffee foam on top. You can also turn this drink into a hot coffee.
- 3 tablespoons of hot water
- 3 tablespoons of instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 400ml of milk, whole or fresh milk
- Mix the coffee, sugar, and hot water in a bowl and whisk for five minutes until the mixture is thick, frothy, and firm peaks have formed. You can do it by hand or with an electric whisk if you have one.
- Pour the cold milk into a glass. If you prefer hot coffee, heat the milk first. Scoop some mixtures into the glass and spread it evenly on top. Serve and stir before drinking.