A few weeks back I wrote a post in regards to the benefits of drinking coffee. In that post I referenced “Bullet Proof” coffee. I then followed up on that post with a full blog entry on the delicious hot drink. Now to complete the coffee hat trick, I present to you a few new options to add to your coffee. Staying away from the excess sugar and creamers full of not real ingredients, the options below will offer your palate a pleasant change as well as some performance enhancing qualities.
- L-Theanine: amino acid that works synergistically with caffeine
- Tumeric: anti-inflammatory effects, strong antioxidant (erases coffee taste)
- Ginger: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea (masks coffee taste)
- Grape seed extract: adds amazing flavor notes to coffee
- Collagen: less inflammatory source of protein, high in amino acid glycine, aids tissue repair
- Cayenne: works synergistically with MCT (medium chain triglycerides, found in coconut oil) for thermogenesis
- Egg yolks: use in absence of butter (or dairy intolerance), great source of omega 3’s and vitamin K2
- Bilberry Powder: close relative to cranberries, improve vision, reduce eye strain
- Cacao Butter: provides subtle chocolate finish to coffee, great source of saturated fat (not a replacement for real grass fed butter
- Vitamin K2: use instead of grass fed butter (if you have dairy intolerance) heat stable and doesn’t change coffee flavor
- Maca: helps balance hormones and aids in reverse in hypothyroidism, high in vitamins and minerals (magnesium, zinc, potassium). Use gelatinized not raw (raw contains anti nutrients).
- Ceylon Cinnamon: helps regulate blood sugar (generic cinnamon is cassia, not real).
- Coconut cream/milk: use from a BPA free container
- Xylitol: sugar substitute, make sure it is not sourced from Chinese wood
- Erythritol or Stevia: plant based sugar substitute, make sure it is non GMO
As always when trying new things in your diet make sure you obtain them from a good source. If they are generic and from a unknown source the positive effects may be dismissed by a number of things (such as high rates of mold toxin from poor sourced cayenne).
- small levels of toxins make a huge difference in our performance
- decreased energy because body is fighting to remove these toxins
- good source no toxins, better results
- bad source can contain toxins which can cause adrenal stress, inflammation, headaches, sore joints, frequent peeing
Also take note as to how much you use in your coffee and how your body reacts as not everyone is tolerable to the same things. To give you a example of how and when to use the above substances in your coffee; on big work out days I add 2 table spoons of collagen protein (along with MCT and coconut oil) to my coffee in order to aid my muscles in repairing. Experiment and explore, try new things instead of following the same old coffee routine every morning.