If you’re like me, you love a good cup of coffee, but you may worry about drinking too much of it. Functional coffees are one way for us humans to make our favorite drink healthier without sacrificing flavor or quality.
If you’re looking to add a healthy boost to your coffee, then take a look at this new trend sweeping the U.S.
Functional coffee is simple in theory. Take good, high-quality coffee and add healthy foods, supplements or adaptogens to make it even better for you than it already is.
The benefits of functional coffee include:
- Many already consider coffee to be a superfood
- Most of us drink coffee every day
- The strong, rich flavor of coffee makes it an excellent delivery mechanism for healthy add-ins
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Coffee is a superfood
These days, coffee is generally accepted as a superfood. It has been proven to have antioxidant properties and can help give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Coffee also contains moderate amounts of B12 and magnesium, which help regulate many bodily functions. And lastly (but certainly not leastly) coffee contains our much beloved caffeine! Not only does this little bean deliver us from drowsiness, but it improves our mood as well as providing an increased level of focus. Check out this informative Healthline article about the benefits of coffee!
Functional coffee is made with healthy add-ins, adaptogens and herbs
Functional coffee is made with healthy add-ins, supplements and adaptogens. There are different kinds of functional coffee. In fact, the sky’s the limit on what you can add to it, but some common additions include:
- Nutrition Add-ins – many people use coffee to make sure they are getting adequate healthy fats in their daily diet. I personally like a product called Nut Pods, which is a rich, creamy, sugar-free coffee creamer made from coconut and almond milk. Yum!
- Adaptogens – Adaptogens are a class of herbal supplements that help your body adapt to physical or mental stresses. According to Healthline, “Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals [that] work to counteract the effects of stress in the body.” Examples of frequently touted Adaptogens are Lions Mane, Reishi Mushrooms, Siberian Ginseng, Artic Root and Schisandra. For more information about how and why Adaptogens work, check out this helpful article on healthline.com.
- Nootropics -Nootropics are compounds – some natural and others synthetic – that support cognition. In other words, they boost your brain. Nootropics are most often used to boost memory, focus, creativity, intelligence and motivation, according to Healthline.com. Some of the more well-known Nootropics are Caffeine, Ginko Biloba and Panax Ginseng.
- Supplements – You can also add supplements to your coffee such as collagen protein for healthy skin and bones or healthy fats such as MCT oil.
You can make functional coffee at home or buy it at a coffee shop
You can make functional coffee at home or buy it at a coffee shop. There’s a local coffee shop down the road from my house that makes lovely coffee drinks with a variety of mushroom powders for a healthy boost.
Functional coffee is a coffee or espresso drink that has been infused with healthy ingredients like milk, honey and even nuts. It’s meant to be an alternative to regular lattes and Frappuccinos that contain more calories and sugar than you probably want in your diet. While there are many different ways you can prepare this beverage on your own (I personally recommend using almond milk), it’s also possible to find ready-made versions at most grocery stores. NutPods is a personal favorite!
Functional Coffee Tastes Good!
Coffee tastes great and is an amazing beverage and it’s not just for health reasons. If you want to enjoy your morning cup but want to make sure that it’s also good for your body, then functional coffee is what you need.
Functional coffees taste delicious and delivers the caffeine boost that we all crave without any of the nasty additives or extra sugar found in regular coffee-shop beverages.
Functional Coffee Products
If you don’t have time for all those steps in making your own version of functional coffee, check out these great options:
Slim Coffee by VitaCup
With Gardenia, Ginseng and B Vitamins, this warm medium dark roast coffee has full bodied flavor with fruity notes and a smooth finish. And, who doesn’t want a coffee that is chock full of vitamins and supports your diet and metabolism? Looking to give your morning cup a serious boost? Give Slim Coffee by VitaCup a try today!
Grateful Earth Functional Coffee
Try this fabulous pre-blended functional coffee by Grateful Earth. Satisfy your tastebuds with a velvety black espresso made with Turmeric, Cinnamon, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, L-Theanine and Black Pepper from Grateful Earth. Yum!
Laird Superfood Focus Coffee
Laird is a well respected name in healthy food and beverage products, and their Superfood Focus Coffee will not disappoint! Infused with functional mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane and botanical adaptogens such as Coffee Cherry, this delicious blend will add flavor and healthy nutrition to your morning brew.
The inventor of Bulletproof Coffee, Dave Asprey, is a personal favorite of mine. In fact, I just finished his latest book Fast This Way. If you’d like to read the latest in how to get the most from diet and exercise, I highly recommend it! Also, check out the complete collection of functional coffee products by Bulletproof on Amazon. You’ll love what Bulletproof Creamer does for your body!
Another all-in-one style of functional coffee is this superfood blend by Clevr Blends. For better mood, increased energy and reduced stress, check out this delicious healthful organic Coffee SuperLatte.
Everyday Dose Mushroom Latte
I’ve recently discovered the power of adaptogens and nootropics. For example, you won’t believe how helpful a little L-Theanine can be for relaxation. For a functional coffee that includes youth-promoting grass-fed collagen, Lion’s Mane, Chaga and L-Theanine, give Mushroom Latte by Everyday Dose a try. You’re going to love the increased focus and energy in this blend as well.
Laird Superfood Coffee Creamer allows you to add a truly healthy creamer to your coffee in a variety of flavor options including cacao, pumpkin spice, turmeric, and vanilla. Laird is soy free, non-GMO and contains no artificial ingredients. Order yours today!
Coolest Coffee Products on Amazon
I have this fantastic Hamilton Beach Alexa Enabled Coffee Maker in my own kitchen. Now, to be clear, this is just a drip coffee maker. No fancy latte making capabilities here. However, there is something truly magical about lying in bed when the alarm goes off in the morning and – without even turning on the light – saying “Alexa, turn on the coffee maker.” You truly can’t pass up this opportunity!
I love beautiful design. This pretty milk steamer and frother makes soft hot or cold foam for your latte. Effortlessly serve four different textures of froth, dense foam, airy foam, hot or cold milk forth. Yes please!
If you’re are constantly watching your sugar intake like me AND you’re a coffee lover, you’re going to love this delicious coffee bar. The Nudge keto-friendly bar is literally delicious rich coffee in the form of a bar. Nudge coffee bars have 80-90% less sugar than the leading chocolate bar and contain natural antioxidants and fiber from the coffee bean.
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