Instead of sweetness, each option adds flavor and health benefits to your morning brew in a unique way. Maybe you crave creaminess and healthy fats in the AM? Or would prefer your java come with a little kick?
Try one of these creative coffee add-ins next time you make a fresh pot for yet another way to energize your mornings (or get you through the afternoon slump).
7 Healthy Coffee Boosters
1. Grass-fed butter and coconut oil
By now, you must have heard of Bulletproof Coffee. You can get the official recipe, here, but essentially it involves blending grass-fed butter and coconut (or MCT) oil into your cup of joe. The result is a frothy, latte-like beverage that keeps you full for hours and slows down the release of caffeine for a steadier energy boost. The key: This one is a MEAL. It’s calorie-rich so is meant as a breakfast replacement, not to sip alongside a croissant.
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3. Collagen powder
Collagen peptide powders are becoming a popular protein source thanks to their potential beauty and gut health benefits. Unlike most protein powders, you’ll barely taste collagen in coffee, so it’s a great quick protein fix if you don’t have time to make a smoothie.
4. Cocoa powder
Stir a spoon of high-quality cocoa powder in if you’re a chocoholic—for antioxidants and heart health, and yumminess.
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6. Cayenne pepper
Warning: Be careful with this one! You don’t want to burn your mouth with coffee that’s too hot in more ways than one. Still, cayenne can add a nice kick and is linked to health benefits as impressive as…living longer. Pro tip: Try a cocoa-cayenne combo.
7. Smoothie ingredients
Okay, this one isn’t really an add-in (but it’s a great idea!). Instead of adding something to your coffee, add your coffee to something else: a smoothie. Just let it cool (or use the already cold old stuff from earlier) and stick it in the blender with chocolate protein powder, frozen bananas, and other coffee-friendly healthy flavors for an instant pick-me-up blend.
8. Baking soda
Coffee is acidic, which can be tough on those with sensitive stomachs. If you buy high-quality coffee this will likely be unnecessary, but some people swear by cutting the acidity by adding a small amount of baking soda (which is alkaline) to the grounds before brewing.