Coffee Please! 3 Recipes to Boost Energy and Brain Power While Enjoying Your Morning Cup of Joe

The sun is rising. Your alarm, child, dog, or undone drapes are telling you to get the hell out of bed, and the one thing (hopefully more than that, but at least one..) to get you up.. A delicious cup of fresh coffee. This is my story most days. My coffee cup, filled with these blended delights, is my security blanket, allowing me to gracefully enter each day.

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Below are three recipes. The first, a vegan Coconut “Latte”. The second, for my paleo friends (okay for dairy sensitivities), is a Paleo Ghee “Latte”. And the third, The Weekend Edition, adding some extra goodies to make your day off extra special.

May your cup be as full as your heart.


Coconut “Latte”

Vegan  

Serves two            10 min Prep

What You’ll Need

Blender

Ingredients

½ cup Coffee Beans

1-2 tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 tbsp. Agave, Maple Syrup, or Stevia (optional)

Directions

Grind beans and prepare 24 oz. of coffee to your liking. I prefer using a French Press or Percolator.

Add coffee, oil, and agave (optional) to a blender. Be careful- coffee is hot!

Place lid on blender – I know this sounds like a “no-brainer” but it’s 6:30 am and you haven’t had your coffee… Let’s just say it’s happened to me more than once!

Blend for 30 seconds- 1 minute.

Tah-Dah! A beautiful, frothy, coconut latte to make your morning great!


Paleo Ghee “Latte”

Serves two            10 min Prep

What You’ll Need

Blender

Ingredients

½ cup Coffee Beans

1-2 tsp. Coconut Oil

1-2 tsp. Ghee (see below for recommendations)

1 tbsp. Honey (optional)

Directions

Grind beans and prepare 24 oz. of coffee to your liking. I prefer using a French Press or Percolator. DSCF0181.JPG

Add coffee, coconut oil, ghee, and honey (optional) to a blender. Be careful- coffee is hot!

Place lid on blender – I know this sounds like a “no-brainer” but it’s 6:30 am and you haven’t had your coffee… Let’s just say it’s happened to me more than once!

Blend for 30 seconds- 1 minute.

This is a bit creamier than the Coconut Latte and has the added benefits of vitamin K and A from the ghee. Enjoy!


The Weekend Edition

Using either recipe above, choose the additions you like the most and blend them in with the other ingredients. I’ve added the health benefits of each so you’ll know how healthy you’re being as you sip your morning cup of Joe.

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Raw Cacao Powder

Processed differently than regular cocoa powder, Cocao powder regulates blood sugar, is a fabulous anti-oxidant, and supports weight loss and heart health… who can say no to more chocolate?! coco-pow

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure to get a high quality Pure Vanilla Extract brand. 

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Golden Milk

Place 3-4 cups of milk or milk alternative into a blender. Add a large pinch of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and cardamom powder. Grind 1/8 tsp of black pepper (to activate the turmeric) into the mix. Blend on high for 10-30 seconds. You can also heat this mixture up on the stove for a great night time drink. This combination of spices supports digestive and bone health, as well as circulation. It has anti-inflammatory properties too!golden-milk


My Favorite Brands

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is the absolute best around. The flavor is unmatched by any other brand I’ve tried and is an ethical company. Find it online here or at your local health food store.

San Francisco Bay: Roger’s Family Coffee Company has organic, deliciously roasted coffee beans. They also support the small farms where the coffee is grown. Learn how they do it here. It’s available at Costco or buy it here.

Organic Valley Purity Farms Ghee is casein free and comes from grass-fed cows. It is not vegan, but can be eaten by those who are dairy sensitive. This is because the milk solids are removed during the processing of ghee. Read more about it on their webpage, here.


The Power of Fat: The Science Behind Consuming More Fat

We need fat to survive and thrive. Our brains and bodies cannot function without it. Contrary to what we were taught about fat 20 years ago, healthy fats support heart health, weight loss, regulates blood sugar, hormone levels, reproductive health, and the list goes on. Some examples of healthy fats are coconut oil, organic grass fed butter/ghee, nuts, and avocado.  Adding more of these food will lead to a boost in metabolism and better overall health. If you want to know more check the resources below. fat.jpg


Resources

Raw Cacao: http://www.urbanvixenclothing.com/raw-cacao-the-health-benefits/

Golden Milk: http://svasthaayurveda.com/

Eat More Fat: http://dailyburn.com/life/health/always-hungry-david-ludwig-diet/

More Fat, Less Sugar: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/07/health/eat-more-fat-less-sugar/?scrlybrkr=cffb1637

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Caitlin Renz

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