That dark, rich smell that is, at once, comforting and invigorating… It cuts through my morning foggy-grumpiness and really helps me get ready to start my day.
So I am pleased to say that my husband makes the absolutely best coffee in the world. The sort of coffee that puts Starbucks to shame… and is made with good, real food ingredients designed to make you more healthy, as opposed to all the sugar and corn syrup and so-called natural flavorings found in most coffee shop drinks… all of which will make you less healthy. Not to mention broke.
I love the mornings when I come in from walking the dog and find a nice hot cup of coffee waiting for me on the counter… or better yet, when I stumble downstairs still in my pajamas, and have the cup pressed into my hands.
Of course, as you may know, my husband has been in Poland these past couple of weeks… and I have had to make my own coffee.
And, as magical and wonderful as my husband might be… anyone can actually make this coffee!
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Yes, coffee is good for you. Or at least not bad for you, in moderation. It contains a blend of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins, and minerals, and may help protect against Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as prevent Parkinson’s Disease. Coffee may also reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. Ideally you should choose organic coffee that is fair trade certified.
The list of the benefits of coconut oil seems almost endless. It contains lauric acid which is fabulous for your immune system, it is a healthy saturated fat (which is necessary to incorporate calcium into the skeletal structure, and protect the heart and liver), and it may even help protect against–or even reverse–Alzheimer’s Disease. It boosts metabolism and can help with weight loss, especially stubborn (and dangerous) belly fat.
Gelatin is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and collagen. It also boosts metabolism and may help with weight loss. It helps protect and rebuild joints, as well as reducing wrinkles, and helping hair and nails grow stronger and faster.
Cinnamon also has a long list of health benefits. It can boost the immune system (and is especially helpful in reducing the symptoms of colds and the flu), it helps stabilize blood sugar, and can reduce inflammation. As little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day may be enough to get these benefits. Furthermore, just the smell of cinnamon can improve brain function. Just the thing, I think, to add to your morning cup of coffee!
Usually seen as a “waste product” of the processing white sugar (which is terribly unhealthy, has no nutritional value, and actually depletes the body of its nutrients) molassesactually contains valuable nutrients: iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, copper, and chromium. It also has a low glycemic index, and is unlikely to spike blood sugar. And, in my opinion, it is darn tasty!
Start Your Day off Right Cafe Latte
makes 2 servings
2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole milk from grass-fed cows that is vat pasteurized and not homogenized.
1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.
2 Tablespoons gelatin, like this
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, like this
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon,like this
1 Tablespoon unsulphuered molasses, like this. My husband wishes to point out, that in his opinion, the molasses is completely optional–he says the warm milk adds all the sweetness this drink needs.
Brew coffee, adding the cinnamonto the grounds. Meanwhile, warm the milk to the almost boiling point. We love this little pan for warming the milk. While you are waiting for the coffee to brew and the milk to warm, set out two mugs and add 1 Tablespoon of gelatin and 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil to each mug.
When the milk has warmed, divide it evenly between the two mugs and stir to mix in the gelatin and coconut oil. Use a whisk to create foam, by rolling it between your hands.
When the coffee has finished brewing, pour it into a measuring cup, add the molasses, and stir it in well. Then, pouring carefully, so as not to disturb the foam, divide the coffee-molasses evenly between the two mugs.
If you like, you can add another sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
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