• MK

9 Simple Ways to Make Healthy Coffee

Updated: Apr 3

Raise your hand if you drink 9,000 cups of coffee every day.


Okay, I don't really.

I even skip coffee some days if I'm lazy or just not in the mood. But that doesn't mean that I'm not drinking a lot of it anyways!

This is why it was important to me to find a few "healthier" coffee options to get a little bit more out of my cup.

I'm not saying that coffee is bad for you or anything, I'm just saying that if we're drinking a ton of it anyway, why not find ways to get more nutritional value out of it?

It couldn't hurt. So here are 9 tips for how to make coffee healthy that you must try!

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1) Add Protein

If you already brew a cup of coffee and drink a protein shake every day, why not combine the two?

Trust me, you want to combine the two. Here's one way to do it that's so good.

Protein powder added directly into hot coffee doesn't dissolve that well, so try pouring a Quest protein shake into a glass of black iced coffee for a delicious and protein-packed flavored coffee.

Choosing vanilla or chocolate is usually the healthiest option, keeping the ingredients simple, but a fun flavor like salted caramel is also delicious.

Either way, you're getting more out of your cup with this healthy coffee recipe by adding some protein into it!

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2) Collagen Creamer

Healthy coffee creamer is a thing!

If you're like me and cringe when you take a look at the sugar content of typical flavored creamers, this might be a good option for you to look into.

I love a sweet, sweet creamer don't get me wrong. But every day is an excess of processed sugars that we just don't need.

One healthy coffee creamer to try is collagen creamer!

What's collagen? Collagen supplements help**

  • support bone and joint health

  • athletic performance

  • play a role in general wellness

  • improve skin and hair health

But, our bodies don't produce enough on our own, especially as we get older or when we perform extreme exercise.

Vital Proteins makes collagen nutrition easy with a variety of products that can be used in many of your favorite snacks or recipes!

The Collagen Creamer is a simple and tasty option for getting more out of your cup of coffee. Here are some quick stats on it:

  • healthy fats from organic coconut milk powder

  • 10g of collagen peptides

  • No dairy, soy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, or added sugars.

  • not low-calorie

While it is not a low-calorie food (1 serving (2 scoops) has 140 calories) you’re not getting empty calories thanks to all of its great benefits!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

3) Healthy Coffee Creamer

There are a variety of other healthy creamer options too!

Four Sigmatic, for example, has powdered creamers supported by functional mushrooms. From Ashwagandha to Lion's Mane, you can take your coffee to the next level with a simple scoop of powder.

If you find a tasty one that you love, this is such an easy way to transform a regular cup of coffee into something that fuels your brain and your energy.

4) Vanilla or Almond Extract

Add either of these common baking items straight into your mug!

Depending on how you like your coffee, you may still consider adding cream/milk and maybe some sweetener.

Either way, a few drops of either (or both!) of these extracts adds a sweet flavor to your coffee so you don't have to rely on highly-processed, sugary creamers.

Remember, you can always add more, but you can't take any out. So, try stirring in a few drops at a time!

5) Coconut Oil and Butter

I know, it's weird.

Don't knock it till you try it! Inspired by those who follow a keto diet, which focuses on low-carb high-fat foods, this little combo might make your mind sharper during the day.

If you add in the right amount, the coconut oil adds a nice coconut flavor to your coffee. Be careful not to use too much, because the oil will be visible and can turn a nice addition into a greasy, distasteful mess.

Adding coconut oil or butter to coffee might deliver a longer, more even, energy boost than the typical cup of coffee.

The additional fat might even keep you fuller longer and clear your head when you're feeling foggy.

Why? Coconut oil can stimulate the body's production of certain hormones and proteins that provide energy to the brain!

6) Healthy Milkshake

Doesn't a "healthy milkshake" sound like the best idea?

That's because it is!

It’s more fun than calling it a “smoothie," and if you get it right it can taste just like a shake.

Try adding coffee to your favorite sweet protein smoothie for a meal/snack and a cup of coffee all in one!