How to Make Coffee Healthier

How to Make Coffee Healthier

Drinking a lot of coffee every day isn’t the healthiest habit to have. While the best option is cutting back, there are ways you can make the ritual of drinking your morning cup of Joe a bit better for you. Give these three tips a try, and see what you think!

1. Avoid adding cream or half-and-half

There is no doubt that a little diary can help take some bitterness out of a cup of coffee, but a tablespoon of light cream has almost 3 grams of fat and 30 calories! And come on, who uses just one tablespoon of cream in their coffee? If you are still not ready to bite the bullet and take your coffee black, using a nut or soybean milk can cut fat and calories. Those who don’t like milk substitutes can try adding just a pinch of salt to their coffee to help smooth out the taste.

2. Skip the sugar and spice it up

If you are someone who adds enjoys sugar to your coffee, consider stopping. Sugar is full of empty calories and can lead to a variety of health problems. Of course, you can reach for Stevia or agave syrup for sugar-free sweetness, but why not open the spice cabinet instead? Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and even turmeric not only enhance the flavor of your coffee but add unique health benefits. Experiment to find a spice combination you enjoy!

3. Think about how you make your coffee

The beans, water, and even the equipment you use for brewing can affect your coffee. Try to use freshly roasted and ground organic coffee. Organic coffee is not just a marketing gimmick for hipsters; it is a generally healthier option. Don’t be fooled when it comes to your water. Use only bottled or filtered water to ensure your coffee is free of chemicals and heavy metals. Finally, clean your coffee maker often. A wet and warm environment is the perfect breeding ground for mold or mildew.

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Pre-Bedtime Snacks to Help You Sleep Better

Pre-Bedtime Snacks to Help You Sleep Better

We’ve all heard how important getting 8 hours of sleep is for our health. When we sleep, our brain signals our body to release hormones and compounds that help boost our immune systems, improve cognitive abilities and decrease risks of adverse health conditions. Everyone knows that late-night snacking can pack on the pounds, but it can be challenging to get a good night’s sleep when you are feeling a little hungry. Those low-calorie pre-bedtime snacks will not only settle your nighttime cravings but may help to promote more restful sleep.

1.  A Banana

Bananas are full of magnesium and potassium which many people think of as natural muscle relaxants. A banana contains just over 100 calories and less than half a gram of fat.

2.  Turkey

Who hasn’t felt sleepy after a Thanksgiving dinner, and no, it isn’t because of overeating. It is due to the high levels of naturally occurring tryptophan in turkey. A 1 oz slice of turkey has 54 calories and just over 2 grams of fat but provides almost a fifth of your daily recommended protein.

3.  Almonds

A handful of almonds is an excellent source of fiber and nutrients like manganese and riboflavin. Almonds also contain melatonin which some studies show can help to promote deeper sleep. Stay away from the salted variety and avoid eating almonds every night because one ounce has 164 calories and 14 grams of fat.

4.  Kiwi

The sweet and tart flavor of kiwi is a favorite, but who knew it was so healthy? At only 50 calories per fruit, you get over 100 percent of your Vitamin C daily recommendation. One sleep study showed people who ate two kiwi fruits before bedtime fell asleep faster and slept throughout the night.

5.  A Glass of Warm Milk

This old standby actually works. Milk has both tryptophan and melatonin. It is also a good source of calcium. At just over 100 calories per serving and zero fat per cup, milk is a good option to help you catch some z’s.

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