It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Coffee drinkers, beware! No, we’re not going to scold you for your coffee habits. Recent studies have shown that in moderation, coffee is actually beneficial in several ways. But today we’re talking flavor so you can enjoy and reap the benefits of your cup of joe.
If you’re drinking multiple cups of coffee per day with creamers and sweeteners, you could be adding hundreds of extra calories and artificial ingredients to your diet.
First, let’s ditch the creamers, syrups and other real and artificial sweeteners. But you don’t have to give up taste. Choose flavored coffee beans or make your own flavored coffee at home by grinding fresh beans with your favorite flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract. That way, you can control the type of beans, quality of water and the amount of flavor in every cup.
Next, skip the half and half and opt for 2%, rice or almond milk. You’ll be saving yourself lots of fat and calories every week.
Remember that just because you need your morning caffeine doesn’t mean it has to come with a bunch of hidden extras. Skip the excess sweetness and learn to enjoy the real flavor of coffee.