How to improve your morning coffee

Ah, coffee.

You cheer us up on the darkest and coldest of mornings.

We hold our steaming mugs beneath our noses and inhale your scent.

You nudge us awake after long nights out, help perk us up after a slow afternoon.

We may cheat on you with green tea or yerba mate on occasion, but those of us who truly love you will always return to your dark pools of delicious energy.

You have become a ritual, a part of our culture. You encourage discussion and stimulation, interaction and pleasure.

I’m not interested in destroying a beloved morning routine. I wouldn’t give up my morning black coffee for anything.

However, there are always ways to up your coffee game a bit, and I love bumping up the nutrition in my morning mug when I’m craving something a little heartier than a plain coffee.

BASE #1

1 cup hot coffee

2-3 spoonfuls coconut manna

1 tsp raw creamy almond butter

Place these all together in a blender (be careful with the hot coffee, as putting hot liquids in a blender sometimes forces the top off). This recipe is inspired by Laura Wright’s cookbook, The First Mess. In it, she mentions that adding coconut manna to coffee and blending it mimics the froth you’d get in a latte at a coffee shop. She also advises blending raw creamy almond butter with water to make a quick almond milk, so I figured doing this with coffee makes it kinda like a latte. With the coconut manna, it works!

BASE #2

1/2 cup hot coffee

2-3 spoonfuls coconut manna

1/2 cup warmed almond milk

If you want a creamier option, make your own almond milk by soaking almonds overnight, then blending them with water and straining out the pulp. This way takes way too much time, and is way too expensive. There are only a few brands of almond milk I think are clean enough to drink, like Three Trees. New Barn comes close, but both brands get pricey quickly. So… stick with Base #1.

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Once you’ve created your base, it’s time for the fun stuff! Here are some add-ins you can mix and match to create your perfect cup.

mushroom powders:

I like these packets from Four Sigmatic, super easy to just tear open and stir in. Mushrooms are INCREDIBLE for your health, and these powders are potent but you’ll barely notice the flavor.

collagen powder:

Collagen is great for your skin, joints, hair… Your whole body, basically! I’m using it right now to help support my bones while I’m healing from a stress fracture, but it’s also making my skin look dewy and gorgeous. If you’re only going to take one supplement in your life, make it this one!

cacao powder:

Cacao powder (not it’s over-processed cousin, cocoa powder) has a ton of antioxidants in it. If you add just this though your drink will be very strong and bitter, so I’d recommend adding a dash of maple syrup or honey as well.

butter/coconut oil/MCT oil:

Adding fats to your morning meal (or coffee, in this case) will help keep you full longer, so it’s always worth adding a small amount if you won’t be eating for a while. The coconut manna in our coffee drink already counts for a bit of that,  but you can always do more or use another fat that tastes better to you.

cinnamon:

Just tastes damn good. Also, it’s anti-inflammatory!

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*As usual, please remember I am not a certified doctor or nutritionist. Everything I write on this blog is based on experimentation I have done by myself with the foods, ingredients and procedures described. Please see a medical professional if you have further questions/concerns.

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