Monday, March 10, 2014

early mornings deserve good coffee

being a mom means lots of early mornings
which, in turn, means more coffee than i had in my pre-baby life
don't get me wrong, i've always loved a good cup o' joe

usually black
sometimes with a splash of cream or whole milk

but with so many more cups of coffee in my day-to-day now,
 i have that many more opportunities to try something new with my coffee
i've had mochas, lattes, macchiatos, flat out espresso...and the list goes on
i'm a creature of habit though, so most of the time it's still just black

that first cup of the day is definitely the most important, though
and my current favorite way to drink it is with coconut oil
weird, right?
i thought so when i first read about it
but after mulling it over for a while, i came up with a couple reasons to give it a shot:

1) it would start my day off with healthy fats
(which sends your brain happy, satisfied vibes and helps ward off sugar cravings)

2) i would get to enjoy the flavor of coconut in my coffee, 
without the addition of an unhealthy sugar-based syrup

3) it would help stabilize my wacko blood sugars (this was especially important since sometimes breakfast has to wait till the girlies are fed...and i am prone to getting hangry)

4) sort of related to the first benefit, but i wanted to incorporate more good fats in my diet, since it reduces inflammation in the body, helps your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients and does wonders for your hair and skin...among other benefits (i'm speaking from experience here!)

and if those reasons aren't enough to convince you to try it, this last one has to:

5) if i didn't like it, i could just pour my coffee down the drain and make a fresh cup

so, what are you waiting for?  go give it a try!
- hot, freshly brewed coffee (enough for 1 cup)
- 1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil 

special equipment:  
a milk frother 
a magic bullet / comparable single serve blender 

directions (frother method):
- pour coffee in your mug so that it is 1/3 - 1/2 full
- add coconut oil
- use frother to blend oil and coffee until it reaches a latte-like color and consistency*
- top with remaining coffee
- enjoy!

*this step helps avoid coffee and oil splatter me, i speak from experience!


directions (magic bullet / single serve blender method):
- dump all ingredients into your blender
- blend until it reaches a latte-like color and consistency
- enjoy!

one thing i should note is that if you take too long to drink your coffee you might have to re-blend
just because after some time, the oil can separate from the liquid and form a layer on the top
which, as you can imagine, is not exactly appetizing
most people drink their coffee faster than it takes for the oil to separate
but i thought it was worth pointing out just in case!  :)

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