Are you a coffee lover? Do you relish the thought of a freshly brewed cup of coffee to greet you in the morning? You are not alone.  Coffee is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Look around and you are likely to spot a coffee shop, whether in a grocery store, a mall, a hospital or an airport.

Coffee, however has had a gigantic makeover over the last few decades. We are no longer just drinking coffee but mochas, lattes, cappuccinos and frappuccinos. Each comes with its own distinct flavor, texture and of course it’s very own list of ingredients.

One of the biggest challenges I have had to face since cutting out processed foods is my weekly visit to Starbucks. I had never questioned what was in that highly anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte. Why should I? Starbucks boasts herbal tea, organic milk boxes, oatmeal and egg white sandwiches. It’s almost a health food store right? Not quite.

 That beloved latte actually contains tons of added sugar, food coloring and more questionable food additives. Hmm!  I’m not bashing Starbucks or crusading against coffee shops everywhere. My goal, as with every post, is to create awareness and offer solutions. I’m just urging you to question what is in your food and coffee:). This is a classic example of taking something simple like coffee and loading it down with sugar and unnecessary additives.

When visiting your local coffee shop ask what is going into your cup and be aware of your “whole food” options.  Try a nice cup of tea for a simple change or order a cup of coffee with half and half and honey.  Honey is a natural sweetener and tastes great in coffee and tea. This way you can still enjoy social time with friends and truly know what you are being served and putting into your body.  And as another little perk, your coffee will cost about half the price of a latte.

Prefer to save your money and drink coffee at home? There are several options for enjoying a deliciously sweet cup of coffee.  Store bought creamers like Coffee Mate and International Delight are very popular but again they come with a heavy list of unnecessary ingredients.  Here’s a sample of each:

what's in your coffee

 INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICAL FLAVORS, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GEL, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GUM, CARAGEENAN, DEXTROSE.

what's in your coffee

 INGREDIENTS: WATER, CANE SUGAR, PALM OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)*, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL  AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, POLYSORBATE 60, CARRAGEENAN, SALT.

Did they forget the cream in the coffee CREAMER? In place of cream we get a mixture of water, sugar and partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat). 

Real Food Solutions: 

  • Cream, Half & Half, Whole Milk or even Coconut Milk
  • Use a dab of honey as a natural sweetener
  • Spice it up with a dash of cinnamon or a dash of pumpkin spice
  • Try adding cocoa powder for a mocha flavor

Looking for a deliciously creamy and frothy coffee, try this recipe:
(No fancy coffee machine needed)
1 cup coffee
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon butter
Blend in blender for 20 seconds (Single serves work great for this)

*The first time I tried this I was very hesitant to use butter in my coffee.  LOVED IT!  Creamy, frothy and the coconut oil gives it a great flavor.  Drink in moderation of course, this is a TREAT drink.

Can’t live without your coffee creamer? No problem. Here are 6 homemade coffee creamers that you can whip together yourself in less than 10 minutes and enjoy all week long.  I found these creamers at delicouslyorganic.net  and made a few minor adjustments and/or additions.  I found the glass carafe at target for $5, it’s a great size and comes with a lid for easy storage. 

Coffee Creamer

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2 cups/ 16 oz

Coffee Creamer

Ingredients

    Base:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Cinnamon Strudel:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • French Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Honey Vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons honey **
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Almond Mocha
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Add base ingredients along with chosen spices to small saucepan.
  2. Whisk over medium heat until cream starts to steam. Turn off stove.
  3. Whisk in extracts.
  4. Pour through fine mesh sieve into designated container.

Notes:

** Do not add maple syrup to Honey Vanilla - only honey !Store in refrigerator for up to one week or until milk/cream expiration date. You can adjust the creaminess by adding more cream and less milk for a heavier texture or less cream and more milk for a lighter texture.

 

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What’s your favorite way to drink coffee? 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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