Most of us wake to a cup of coffee, and without the first cup of this bittersweet beverage, our mornings do not go well. Coffee creamers taste amazing, but most of the time, we are hesitant to consume them due to weight issues. Being full of additives and sugar might taste delicious but not positively affect the body.
What All Goes Into A Coffee Creamer?
One may assume the thickness and the smooth texture is due to cream, which is used in making the creamer. However, you will be surprised to know that because of a food additive called carrageenan. It is considered toxic due to its effect on the digestive system and its role in inflammation.
Aspartame and Sucralose are some examples of artificial flavors which are commonly used. Coffee is now available in various flavors, from hazelnut to caramel, and in most cases, artificial flavors are used to give this distinct flavor. Studies indicate these substituents have an effect on the cardiovascular system and also contribute to type II diabetes.
Though carrageenan gives the texture of the cream, it does not add to the flavor of the cream, which is when unhealthy fats such as trans-fat are used. To increase its shelf-life, trans-fat is processed to be hydrogenated. This fast processing is ill and has potential risks associated with the increase in Low Lipoprotein levels (LDL) and High Lipoprotein levels (HDL), both of which add to cholesterol levels.
High sugar intake can be detrimental to health, leading to health-related co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Sugars also add to calorie intake and should be used carefully.
This article will provide you with a list of healthy coffee creamer alternatives which you can easily prepare at home.
Smooth And Soft Coconut Milk
Add a spoonful of organic coconut oil to your creamer and feel the soft texture as it blends well with your coffee. Healthy fats, these are rich in saturated fatty acids.
There might be controversies related to its ill effects. Still, organic or homemade coconut milk is free of any preservatives, therefore, adding to health-associated benefits.
Medium-chain Triglyceride oil is derived from coconut oil, and due to its shorter length, they are easily digested in the small intestine. Used mainly by fitness freaks, some studies have demonstrated that MCT lowers waist circumference and reduces body weight, thereby preventing obesity. If not coconut oil, MCT oil can be added as a substitute in making coffee creamers due to their beneficial factors.
Almond milk is a product of almond and water with no added preservative, and therefore, one must surely use it as a great alternative in coffee creamers. Almond is rich in calcium, Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and iron, making some excellent nutritive sources to have early in the morning.
Grass-Fed Butter Or Ghee
Butter in coffee may sound crazy, but perhaps it makes a great blend!
Studies have demonstrated that grass butter or ghee is more nutritious. It contains high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to mental development and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, being rich in beta-carotene, one of the forms of Vitamin A is related to reducing the risk of inflammation.
As Simple As Milk And Honey
One could combine skim milk with honey, which makes it one of the most beneficial alternatives of all. Honey is an excellent natural sweetener. Having a low glycemic index will help maintain your blood sugar levels. Cow milk or skimmed milk can be used instead of commercially purchased milk to eliminate any preservatives added to it.
You Are Making Your Healthy Coffee Creamer At Home!
One cup of raw almonds
Two cups water
Half coconut milk
Two tsp honey
Half tsp cinnamon (optional)
Step 1: Soak the almonds overnight in cold water.
Step 2: blend the almonds with two cups of water for a minute.
Step 3: strain the mixture and discard the almond pulp.
Step 4: In a saucepan, add this almond mixture along with coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon, and let it blend till the texture becomes nice and soft. Please do not bring it to a boil or overcook it.
Step 5: cool it and refrigerate. Its shelf-life is five days in a refrigerator.
Now that you are well-versed with what is wrong and right, try out and make your healthy creamers at home to remain fit and boost your body the right way!