Brew Coffee
Sometimes, it's hard to fight the temptation to head over to Starbucks and order your favorite cold brew coffee, topped with your favorite flavors and foams. Admit it—the salted cold foam is a guilty pleasure. And while it's fun to indulge every now and then, it's generally not very healthy (or affordable) to drink such a decedent beverage every day.

Luckily, there are healthier and more cost-effective ways to get your daily dose of caffeine and enjoy a sweet cold-brewed coffee.

Flavorful Non-Dairy Creamers

Non-dairy creamers can be liquid or granulated and added to your coffee as an alternative to milk or creams. If you’re hoping to switch to a more plant-based or vegan diet, here are a few you can try:
  • Oat- Oat milk is a creamy substitute that contains a very similar calorie content as cow’s milk. Since it’s fortified, you can expect it to provide calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12.
  • Almond- Almond milk has a similar flavor to cow’s milk but boasts fewer calories. It is also rich in protein and monounsaturated fatty acids, which may help to boost weight loss.
  • Coconut- Coconut milk and almond milk share a similar texture, and the former is high in fats and potassium, but low in protein content. However, it is rich in vitamin B that may boost your energy levels and brain function.

Spice it Up

While you might typically turn to syrups, when you’re looking for healthier choices, you can try spices to flavor your coffee and add a healthy kick:
  • Cinnamon- Cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which contains antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and lower bad cholesterol in the body. It can also lower blood sugar by breaking down carbohydrates in the digestive tract.
  • Nutmeg- Although small, nutmeg contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation caused by health conditions. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Cardamom- Cardamom has high levels of antioxidants and also properties that may reduce blood pressure in people with diabetes. It may be due to the antioxidants and the fact that it promotes urination for water build-up. Apart from this, it may also prevent chronic diseases, digestion problems, and ulcers.
  • Star Anise- Star anise is rich in bioactive compounds that are vital for good health. These compounds may have antioxidants, which prevent inflammation and bacterial growth. It also may improve sleep quality, digestion, and regulate blood pressure.
  • Lavender- Lavender is more than just a pretty herb; it also has medicinal and healing properties. Since it is commonly used in aromatherapy, the fragrance may help to reduce stress and anxiety. Moreover, it’s soothing properties may help to improve sleep and reduce headaches.

Other Add-Ins

  • Coconut Water- This hydrating drink is mostly water and very little fat. It is rich in vitamin C, protein, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and calcium. It also contains antioxidants that may reduce blood sugar levels, prevent kidney stones, and lower blood pressure.
  • Coconut Milk- Made from coconut flesh, coconut milk is thick and creamy. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut milk may promote weight loss and speed up body metabolism by reducing your appetite. It may also reduce bad cholesterol and inflammation.
  • Raw Honey- Honey is an excellent source of antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation and bacteria. It may also work to improve digestion issues and soothe a sore throat.
  • Essential Oils- There are many choices when it comes to essential oils. Peppermint may help to improve digestion and boost your energy levels, lavender may reduce stress, rose oil may reduce anxiety, and ylang-ylang may be able to treat headaches. Adding a small drop of an essential oil to your cold brew coffee will give it a bold, refreshing flavor.
  • Collagen Powder- Not only does collagen provide bone and joint support, but it also helps to improve skin hydration and reduce wrinkles. If you don’t want to brew a cup every time, you can buy premade cold brew collagen coffee and enjoy it on the go.
  • Maca Powder- The powder is obtained from maca root and is rich in protein, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, and manganese. Many people look to maca powder to stimulate their mood.

Enjoy the Experiment

On its own, cold brew coffee is a delicious pick me up—but with some added ingredients, it can also be a vehicle for health-promoting ingredients. Get creative with your cold brew coffee and try a new add-in every day. That way, you won't even feel the temptation to head to a coffee shop.