Healthy Alternatives to Coffee Creamers
Coffee creamers have a variety of unhealthy ingredients like hydrogenated oils, corn syrups solids, and artificial flavors. But they're also convenient and tasty. Luckily, there are healthier alternatives to coffee creamers that taste good and are much better for you. You can make your own coffee creamer without unhealthy ingredients.
Make your coffee Bulletproof with some grass-fed butter.
BulletProof Coffee is a trend that suggests you should add grass-fed butter and/or MCT oil to your coffee. Created by Dave Asprey, it was inspired by a 2004 trip of his to Tibet where he drank yak-butter tea and felt great. It still requires more research but it purportedly promotes weight loss by triggering ketosis and helps improve cognitive function.
We're not sure if this is true but we can confidently say that adding a small amount of butter to your coffee is better for you than the hydrogenated oils in coffee creamers. Hydrogenated oils are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils like corn oil or peanut oil. Adding hydrogen increases shelf life but it also may increase bad cholesterol and be bad for your cardiovascular system. It'll also allow still allow you to enjoy the dairy flavor of coffee creamer.
We also recommend grass-fed butter. A lot of butter in the United States is produced by cows that are fed an unnatural diet of grains and are pumped full of antibiotics. Grass-fed butter has a variety of benefits including more conjugated linoleic acid, more Omega-3 fatty acids, and more Vitamin K2 among other benefits.
Add a natural sweetener like honey.
Another common ingredient in coffee creamers is corn syrup solids. Corn syrup solids are made from concentrating corn syrup to less than 10 percent water. At any rate, there are variety of reasons you should avoid corn syrup including a possible correlation with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Honey is an all-natural, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal sweetener that might actually have a variety of health benefits. It's been shown to reduce ulcers and improve athletic recovery time better than other sweeteners. And by adding the honey yourself, you control the health to taste ratio. The "healthiness" of a food can be complicated, subjective, and impossible to truly know. With that said, you can generally make food tastier and less healthy by adding sweeteners (like honey), fats (like butter or oil), or salts.
Less healthy isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Less healthy broccoli" is probably better for you than regular fried chicken. Health to Taste Ratio is simply how tasty/healthy you choose to prepare a meal.
Spice up your coffee with some fresh-pressed coconut oil.
Coconut oil brings similar benefits to coffee as grass-fed butter but it also imparts a unique, different flavor that can spice up your standard, boring cup of joe. Then if you add in some ginger, turmeric, or cardamom with a sweetener you'll have a very distinct cup of coffee.
Another similar option to coconut oil is MCT Oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, which are beneficial, saturated fatty acids that can possibly help you maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and improve your mood. Coconuts are comprised of 62-65% of medium-chain triglycerides. MCT Oil is simply an even purer form.