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Wake Up with My Favorite Coffee Recipe

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It’s early.  The sun is just showing it’s face or perhaps not quite up yet.  You catch a whiff of coffee, freshly brewing. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning.  Add a touch of cinnamon and ooh la la… if you are looking for a new favorite coffee recipe, look no further!

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Coffee is all the rage and I make no exception to the mainstream love for java! For me, the pleasure in taking that first morning sip can only be enhanced by the addition of new flavors.  Flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cocoa, vanilla…well, you get the point. The options are limitless and I am frequently experimenting.  

Favorite Coffee Recipe

While, I like to shake it up a bit, I have landed on a favorite coffee recipe that is both simple and delicious!  All you need is a good quality coffee bean and few healthy spices to fall in love with this morning ritual!  

The quality of coffee is key to the experience.  It’s also critical to keeping mold and other toxins, often hidden in low quality coffee, at bay. Like so many other foods in our consumer demand driven system today, coffee often sits around for long periods of time waiting for the next step in the process or distribution chain.  This sitting around invites various molds to join the party. When you couple that with coffee being one of the most heavily sprayed farm products, with herbicides and pesticides, the outcome can be quite toxic. Always start with a highly tested, usually organic coffee bean.  

Cinnamon is one of my favorite additions to morning coffee.  With a good quality Ceylon Cinnamon, you get the added benefit of a lower coumarin toxin count, as compared to the more common Cassia Cinnamon. Studies on coumarin in humans have found that certain people may be vulnerable to liver damage at even lower dosages.  While cinnamon made from the Cassia plant is slightly sweeter, I have not missed it One important benefit to consuming cinnamon is it’s natural ability to lower blood sugar and cholesterol in type II diabetes. These are wins in my book!

When I feel like shaking it up a bit, I add a splash of nutmeg or gingerScience has shown nutmeg to have many healthy benefits such as having natural antioxidants, anti inflammatory & antibacterial properties and may boost libido, improve heart health, reduce blood sugar and improve mood.  

Ginger is one of the healthiest spices around namely because it’s loaded with lots of good nutrients and bioactive compounds that provide amazing benefits for your body and brain. It is packed with gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger has been long used to treat nausea, muscle pain and chronic indigestion and this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Having said all of this, let’s get to my favorite coffee recipes.

Cinnamon Spice

8 oz organic coffee – 2 tsp organic heavy whipping cream – 3 shakes of Ceylon Cinnamon – CollaGelatin by BulletProof – 1 shake of Nutmeg and/or Ginger – Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener to taste.

Chocolate & Cinnamon

8 oz organic coffee – 2 tsp organic heavy whipping cream – 3 shakes of Ceylon Cinnamon – CollaGelatin by BulletProof – 1 tsp organic cocoa powder – Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener to taste

BulletProof it!

As with most coffee recipes, you can always BulletProof it!  This often applies to those following a low carb or ketogenic lifestyle.  When I initially socialize the concept of BulletProof coffee, people return a look of distain but I assure you, I have yet to meet one that didn’t LOVE it.  

In short, you simply need to add a tablespoon of grass-fed butter, ghee or Brain Octane MCT oil to your favorite coffee recipe and whip!  It is yummy! Because I travel from time to time with my day job, I often take a powdered MCT oil to use to as both a coffee creamer as well as a healthy source of fat to get me through to lunch! 

My preferred ingredients

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Research & Expert Opinions

Toxicology and risk assessment of coumarin: focus on human data

Chemical diversity and pharmacological significance of the secondary metabolites of nutmeg

Antibacterial Activity of Myristica fragrans against Oral Pathogens

Effect of ginger on gastric motility and symptoms of functional dyspepsia

7 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil

 
 

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