Are you always forgetting to take your daily vitamins? Us, too. But something we never, ever forget? Our regular cup of coffee. Our day doesn’t start until we’ve had it.
So why not double these activities? Add a healthy dose of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutritious benefits to your daily caffeine fix with a teaspoon of something extra in the morning. Yes, you heard us right.
Sprinkle cinnamon for heart health
Sprinkling your morning cup o’ joe with cinnamon delivers a potent (and delicious) dose of antioxidants. Cinnamon has been used both as a spice and medicinally for thousands of years.
The spice is loaded with protective compounds (all 41 of them!) and has one of the highest antioxidant activity among spices.
Ginger up your java for muscle pain
If you’re only consuming ginger in its bread version, you’re missing out on many health benefits. One of the easiest ways to get said benefits? Sprinkle some into your coffee for a slightly spicy, aromatic cup. Ginger has been a standard treatment for nausea.
For centuries. It contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Ginger can also reduce muscle paint rusted, lower cholesterol, and aid indigestion.
Add ginger directly to your coffee (up to 1 tsp. per cup), or ditch the calorie- and sugar-laden coffee shop version and make a healthy pumpkin spice latte at home.
Aid your digestion with a dose of turmeric
If you frequent health blogs, you’re probably no stranger to the infamous turmeric latte. The earthy, golden spice is a big deal for a good reason. Many of its medicinal benefits come from the compound curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
This antioxidant powerhouse supports liver detoxification, aids in digestion, and may even help treat depression. Serve Couple turmeric with healthy fats in a four-ingredient coconut-infused awakening coffee.
Balance hormones with maca
Maybe you’ve seen maca powder, made from the maca root plant, available at your local health store. Maca root has been traditionally used to enhance fertility and was shown to have hormone-balancing effects in a study on rats. The plant has also been studied to increase athletic performance, energy levels, and sex drive.
Not to mention, it’s highly nutritious. Maca contains over 20 amino acids (including eight essential amino acids), 20 free-form fatty acids, and high protein and vitamin C.
Serve: For maca’s optimal health benefits, 1 to 3 tsp. Per day is recommended. Try making this Superfood Coffee. In addition to maca powder, it has four other superfoods from this list.
Sweeten up your cup with Antidepressant Cacao
Chocolate and coffee seem like a match made in heaven already, right? When you add in the health benefits of raw cacao powder, it gets even better. This superfood is one of the most potent antioxidants around and the highest plant-based source of iron. It’s good for your heart, too.
Anti-inflammatory cacao lowers blood pressure, increases HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. Its cognitive benefits, mood-enhancing, and antidepressive make cacao great for the brain, too. And did we mention it’s delicious?