Most of us love the taste and smell of coffee, and the wonderful effects it has on our bodies. However, plain black coffee is not an attractive option, thus necessitating the use of creamers to enhance the flavor of the coffee and to give it that creamy, soothing feel.
Unfortunately, those lovely coffee creamers you get from the store may not be as healthy as their label indicates. The good news is that you don’t have to rely on them as you can make healthy coffee creamer alternatives to suit your needs.
While you can get healthy coffee creamers from some stores, they come with high price tags that are not worth the effort. They are highly processed to make them last longer, and that is a drawback because of the added sugar. Although time-consuming, it is always good to make your own healthy creamer for the following reasons.
- You can use all-natural ingredients. Store bought coffee creamers come with artificial additives, some of which might be harmful to your health.
- You can make different enticing flavors. Try to modify the recipe until you find the one that perfectly combines with your cup of coffee.
- You can make creamers without using milk or dairy products. It ensures that people who suffer from lactose allergies can still find a way to make their cup of coffee taste great.
- You can make sugar-free or low-sugar creamer options. With this, you are less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes and other conditions associated with too much sugar in your diet.
- You can adjust the consistency of your coffee creamer as you like.
Homemade alternative coffee creamer has more nutritional value due to the ingredients you use and the preparation method. Too much processing done for commercial coffee creamers destroys some of the nutrients, making them a less healthy option.
When making your coffee creamer, there is a wide variety of ingredients you can use. Examples are nuts, fruits (such as banana) and herbs. Always put health considerations in mind when choosing the ingredients. For starters, here are some healthy creamers you should try…
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1) Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer
Coconut offers a combination of fatty acids that are digested and converted into energy at a faster rate, rather than being retained in the body. Apart from letting you enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage, you will reap the health benefits associated with consuming coconut.
Such include fat loss, weight loss, treating brain disorders thus relieving symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and lowering the risk of heart disease due to lower cholesterol content. Here is a simple procedure on how you can make this creamer and use it to perk up your cup of coffee.
1 can full of coconut milk
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract (For flavor, but optional)
4 tablespoons of a natural sweetener (For example maple syrup)
Put the ingredients in a blender and mix until they are smooth and well combined. Use in coffee as desired. It will only take you two minutes of preparation and will provide up to 6 servings.
2) Almond Milk Coffee Creamer
This one offers a nutritious, nutty alternative to store-bought creamers. Almond milk is low in fat content, but high energy levels. Its health benefits include enhanced digestive health, better weight management, prevention of high blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and skin protection against sun damage.
Here is a guide to a cost-effective way to get the homemade almond milk cream to enhance your morning beverage.
1 cup of raw almonds pre-soaked for 6-8 hours
4 cups filtered water
4 dates (As sweeteners)
Pinch of sea salt
Put all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and mix until creamy. Pour the blender contents into a nut milk bag held over a large bowl. Squeeze every little bit of milk out of the bag until only dry almond pulp is left in the bag. (Use that to make a yummy healthy snack!). Back in the bowl you have your almond milk to transform your coffee into a creamy, delicious mix.
3) Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
The creamer boosts your daily intake of vitamin A responsible for boosting vision and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It is a rich source of beta-carotene that puts you at a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer. It is also high in vitamin C, thus providing you with an immunity boost. Below is a step-by-step guide for making this wonderful coffee creamer.
1 cup fat-free milk
Half a cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Place the milk, whipping cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat to a point where the mixture begins to steam. Remove from the heat and allow for complete cooling. Whisk in the vanilla and use a fine mesh sieve to strain the mixture. Your pumpkin spice coffee creamer is now ready for use.
4) Peppermint Coffee Creamer
Using peppermint is another way of adding that incredible rich taste to your coffee. It is a creamer with various health benefits. For example, it can help you deal with common cold, cough, and sinus infections. It helps alleviate nausea and vomiting especially for cancer patients on chemotherapy. It relieves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and is effective in soothing migraines.
1 can of milk
1 cup homemade cream base
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
Put maple syrup, cream, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Wait until they begin to steam then remove from the heat. Stir in the peppermint extract. Using a fine sieve, strain the mixture and put the cream in a glass bottle.
The above healthy coffee creamer alternatives can also be put in other beverages such as tea. Their wonderful flavors will tantalize your palate and leave you wanting more. Due to their nutritional value, they give a natural boost to your health and keep your body functioning properly. They enable you to enjoy your brew without taking in harmful artificial ingredients. Adding them to your morning cup of coffee is an excellent way to prepare for a healthy day ahead.