Coffee is the ideal healthy food for weight loss.
A cup of black coffee not only has negligible calories (that makes it a free meal on the Nutrition plan), but a Harvard study also found that drinking up to four cups a day can actually reduce body fat by around four percent. Researchers suggest that this happens by increasing the rate at which we burn calories (metabolic rate)
Keep your coffee healthy with intelligent enjoyments.
Unfortunately, coffee is one of the easiest healthy foods to make unhealthy. All mix-ins can turn your daily pick-me-up into a fat calorie bomb. For example, if you have two cups a day of heavy cream and sugar, you’d better add 300 extra calories to your food diary. Two ounces of heavy cream are 120 calories (with 12 grams of fat) and two teaspoons of sugar are 32 calories. Switching to whole milk will save you a bunch of calories – two ounces is just 38 calories
There are many other, better, solutions out there that will help you get the taste of coffee you want without affecting your weight loss efforts. Check out these eight delicious tips for making a healthy homemade coffee.
1. Try flavored beans.
You can’t miss the dairy and sugar when your coffee is ultra-flavorful. Most supermarkets and specialty stores sell coffee beans and ground coffee that is already flavored (think hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel) and does not contain sugar. It’s a simple exchange that can really spice up the taste in your mug of joe!
2. Replace sugar with natural sweeteners.
Stevia and monk fruit extract are both herbal sweeteners that bring the taste and satisfaction, but none of the calories from sugar. Avoid using artificial sweeteners if possible. Studies have shown that they don’t really help you lose weight
3. Season it.
All of these “pumpkin spice” coffee beverages that appear each fall use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to approximate the basic flavors of pumpkin pie. Who says you can’t make your Pumpkin Spice Latte at home? You can easily add these spices to your mug. Be adventurous with our spices too. Cardamom, ginger, allspice, ground orange and lemon peel are ideal as a mixture. You can add them to the ground coffee you are making or sprinkle them directly into your cup.
4. Check your baking shelf for mix-ins.
Extracts aren’t just great for making cakes and icing. Add extracts of vanilla, rum, almond, or coconut to really beautify your morning drink. Even a small pinch of unsweetened cocoa can add great flavor! You can add it right to your ground coffee before making it.
5. Choose the right syrups.
One pump of a sugary syrup can add calories and sugar to your coffee. If you really love your coffee to taste like a dessert, consider calorie-free, sugar-free syrups available in supermarkets, specialty stories, and online. They come in great flavors too, from plain old vanilla to mocha, caramel, toffee, and even amaretto.
6. Lighten lighter.
Switching from cream to skimmed milk alone could save you nearly 100 calories (and still get the calcium and vitamin D benefits) .2 Unsweetened almond milk is another option. Two ounces only add about nine calories. 4
7. Go decadent.
Non-fat whipped cream only adds about five calories in each two-tablespoon serving, plus a whole lot of creaminess and satisfaction
8. Lather it up.
Skimmed milk makes the best foam (that’s a matter of food chemistry) .6 And it’s very easy, even without a cappuccino machine or frother!
Simply pour some milk into a glass (about the size of a jam jar) so that it is half or less full. Unscrew the lid, then shake until it foams. This should take 30 to 60 seconds. Remove the lid and put the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds. This helps to “stabilize” the foam. You can then easily spoon the foam onto your coffee.7 You can also use a whisk, mixer, hand blender or electric mixer. 8