Healthy Ways to Sweeten Your Coffee
While we love to have a simple coffee with just milk or cream, there are days when the desire for variety kicks in. What better way to spice up your average cup of joe than bringing sweetness into the mix?
A sweet coffee serves as the perfect “guilty pleasure” drink for any time of day. Not only do you get the classic taste and aroma of coffee, but the added sugar provides a pleasurable surge of dopamine.
Needless to say, sweet coffee is amazing, but it is definitely not perfect. Fast-food chains and restaurants load their coffees with sugar, which is bad news for your diet. If you’re trying to look after your health, do you have to give up on your favorite caffeinated and sugary drink?
We are glad to say: no! There are healthy ways to make coffee sweet in the comfort of your home. If you’re ready to learn more, here is a list of how to make sweet coffee.
Sweet Options You Should Be Wary Of
While refined sugars –– like white and brown sugar –– are the most common ingredients used to sweeten your coffee, they are not the healthiest options.
Oftentimes, these sugars are extracted from their natural sources. Then they are processed to become the grains of sugar that you find at grocery stores. The refining process causes the sugar to have little nutritional value and high-calorie levels.
Studies show regularly consuming refined sugars can have serious consequences on your health, so please enjoy white and brown sugar in moderation.
Artificial sweeteners are sugar alternatives, which are advertised as healthier options to most sugars. Do the names Splenda, Sweet’N Low, and Equal ring a bell? They are, arguably, the most popular artificial sweeteners in the United States.
Unlike refined sugars, artificial sweeteners have little to no calories. However, research on artificial sweeteners has led to many questions on whether or not they are truly good for our health.
So, just to be safe, your intake of artificial sweeteners should be limited.
Best Healthy Sweeteners For Coffee
If you want something sweet and healthy, natural sweeteners may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, natural sweeteners are completely derived from nature and are not subjected to intense refining or chemical processing. Here are a few that we recommend!
Agave nectar is a syrup with a caramel-like taste. This natural sweetener starts as a fluid from blue agave plants. After the fluid is extracted from the plants, it is filtered. Then, it is heated, breaking down its components into a simple sugar called fructose. Finally, the liquid is concentrated and becomes the iconic agave nectar.
Thanks to its fructose, agave nectar is far sweeter than table sugar. So, it’s recommended to just add a small amount of agave nectar to your coffee.
Although there are debates about how healthy agave nectar is, it is ultimately less refined than white and brown sugar.
Honey is a classic addition that sees much use in tea. However, honey is also one of the best sweeteners for coffee!
Sweeteners tend to lose many nutrients during processing. Most honey is minimally processed, so you get to enjoy everything that it has to offer. This includes health benefits, such as antioxidants, minerals, and enzymes.
How To Sweeten Coffee Without Sugar
Some sweeteners tend to have both natural and added sugars. If you’re looking to kick added sugar out of your cup of coffee, you might want to consider purchasing sugar-free sweeteners. This way, you can get the sweetness that you crave and prevent yourself from consuming more unwanted sugar.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Nothing makes us smile more than a cold-brewed mocha coffee on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, its sugar content can turn our smiles upside down.
Thankfully, unsweetened cocoa powder can help. Cocoa powder is made from crushed cocoa beans that have had their fats removed. With this sweetener, you can get the velvety chocolate taste of mocha without unnecessary sugars.
Mint and coffee? It may not be a popular pick, but we know some drinkers harbor a strong love for minty coffee. If you fit this category, know that you can have sweet mint coffee without taking a trip to a coffee shop. The main ingredients that you’ll need are brewed coffee, and fresh mint leaves or a natural mint extract.
After making the coffee, boil a handful of mint leaves with water in a saucepan. When the mint water is ready, strain it into the coffee. Feel free to add milk and garnish your coffee with mint leaves.
An easier alternative? You can simply pour in a little mint extract into your coffee, and then stir.
Enjoy Sweet and Healthy Coffee With Amora
We understand many people, including ourselves, love to have an occasional sweet drink. Yet, the thought of drinking a sugar-filled beverage with processed ingredients makes us feel a pang of profound guilt.
So, instead of feeling guilty, why not try one of the sweeteners that we mentioned here. By using a moderate amount of your ideal sweetener, you can get an amazing coffee that will satisfy your “sweet tooth.”
You’ll be responsible for obtaining a sweetener, but we have you covered with the coffee! Visit our shop to view our coffee selection.
Also, consider getting an Amora subscription because we will deliver quality coffee beans to your doorstep every month.
If you have any questions about our products or subscriptions, please contact us. We’re always happy to help!
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