Things to add to coffee besides fake sugar and cream

Great ideas for things to add to your coffee to lose weight by speeding up your metabolism.

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November 29, 2019 by HANNAH KERNS

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Although coffee is a daily ritual for many of us, it can be difficult to keep it healthy. From artificial sweeteners to creamers, it can be difficult to enjoy your daily cup of coffee and to stay on top of your weight loss goals. Specifically, there are a few small adjustments you can make to your coffee to speed up your metabolism.

Read on for the 4 coffee hacks everyone should try for weight loss.

Ceylon Cinnamon Powder

According to Nick Rizzo, personal trainer and the fitness research director at RunRepeat.com, it’s a good idea to add ceylon cinnamon powder to your daily cup of coffee. He explains, “This cinnamon not only has a wonderful aroma and taste, but it also helps to boost metabolism, reduce inflammation, and support your immune health.”Shutterstock

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Vanilla Extract

Rizzo also recommends adding a few drops of vanilla extract. He explains, “Vanilla extract acts as a great sweetener that blends perfectly with the cinnamon. Also, the scent of vanilla has been shown to decrease your overall appetite, which helps you avoid needless snacking and overeating throughout the day.”

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Coconut Oil

If you love milk and cream but don’t want the extra calories, coconut oil is a great substitute. Rizzo explains, “Coconut oil is a great source of energy and medium chain triglycerides that will help to have you feeling better longer.” This is a great diet-friendly way to get the right texture for your coffee.

Ashwagandha Powder

Rizzo also recommends adding ashwagandha powder to coffee to keep weight gain at bay. He explains, “This ayurvedic herb has been using for thousands of years in ancient medicine. Now, science tells us it is able to drastically reduce our overall levels of stress, anxiety, and cortisol, three major factors causing excessive weight gain.”

Ashwagandha does have a variety of benefits, but be sure to do your research before incorporating it into your daily routine. WebMD lists stomach upset as a possible side effect, and recommends avoiding it if pregnant. As always, consulting with your doctor first is the safest bet.

SHEFINDS / FOOD / 4 INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ADD TO COFFEE TO SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM AND BURN CALORIES

November 30, 2019 by DEBBIE WOLFE

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Black coffee will not only give you the energy you need to start your morning, but it will also speed up your metabolism. However, if you are not a fan of black coffee there are some ways to make it more palatable and add to coffee’s fat-melting properties.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon sticks on a table.

Besides being a popular spice during the holidays, cinnamon is an antioxidant powerhouse. A study shows that consuming a half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels by slowing the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal. This means you won’t have sharp rises and falls in blood sugar levels, which leads you to eat more. Plus, it’s delicious and can help you kick the cream and sugar habit in your coffee.

Chocolate

A bowl of unsweetened coca powder.

Putting chocolate in your coffee is a good thing—well, not a chocolate candy bar. Unsweetened chocolate features anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that can help balance cholesterol and help manage blood sugar. Adding a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa to your coffee will help curb cravings while making your coffee taste great.

Cardamom

A bowl of ground cardamon.

Cardamom features a rich, warm taste that pairs well with coffee. Although it possesses a whole host of health benefits, cardamom works indirectly to help you shed weight. It improves digestion, helps maintain blood sugar levels and makes your coffee tastes great—bye, bye sugar and cream.

Cayenne

 A spoon of cayenne pepper.

It may sound odd to mix cayenne peppers and coffee, but the flavor blend actually goes well together. Cayenne pepper helps to curb your appetite, speed up your metabolism, and burn calories. Like other chili peppers, cayenne contains capsaicin, which is a thermogenic chemical. A thermogenic chemical helps to speed up metabolism and decrease your appetite. All you need is a small dash in your morning cup of joe to get the job done.

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