I have been drinking coffee since my early teenage years. Since I am now 50 that has been…well, a long time.
Depending on who you ask coffee can be good for you or coffee is very bad for you. Like with anything else, I say that it depends.
If you drink 12 cups of coffee a day then I think it is safe to say that the coffee habit is probably bad for you.
But if you have one or two cups of coffee a day, my thought is that it’s probably okay.
The older I get the more true the saying is that most things in moderation won’t hurt you.
There are benefits to coffee, most coming from the little jolt of caffeine that coffee offers. Caffeine helps stimulate metabolism, increase our wakefulness and give our brains a little shot of alertness.
The drawbacks of drinking coffee, even if you drink it in moderation, is not the coffee itself but all the things we add to the coffee: Sugar, creams, milk, non dairy creamer, and flavor shots to name a few all add calories, unnecessary fats and in some cases artificial flavors, colors and chemicals.
While my years of coffee drinking have not always been with the best cups of coffee–when you know better, you do better.
But for over 30 years I had a “cafe con leche” each morning. This consisted of a full cup of whole milk, warmed on the stove or microwave, a heaping teaspoon of instant coffee and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
This, of course, was creamy and delicious and gave me quite a jolt in the morning followed by a sugar crash a few hours later. Not good–but I’ve made the change.
Here are my two recipes for a healthy cuppa:
Brew a 8 oz pot of espresso coffee (my favorite brand is Cafe Bustelo) and add 1 stevia packet to sweeten. Makes 4 2oz servings–sometimes I refrigerate any extra servings for the next day–just warm in the microwave. I can only have 2oz at a time–espresso really packs a punch!
I like a mild columbian roast made in a traditional coffee pot. Stevia to sweeten to taste, usually 1 packet. I only drink one cup, so unless others want coffee also, I make the smallest amount possible.
If a regular roast is not available or I am in a hurry I just put a coffee cup of water in the microwave and heat about 1 and ½ minutes. Once hot, I add one teaspoon of instant coffee and ½ stevia packet and I’m done.
Easy…and no added stuff that masks the taste or changes the number of calories.
So I hope, like me, that you are enjoying a cup of coffee when the mood strikes you and that you don’t let others decide for you what is good or bad for YOU.
While most of us are learning and trying to live a more healthy life that does not mean–that with the proper information–we can’t make decisions for ourselves.
Enjoy your cuppa and have a great week!
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