Tropical Iced Coffee
I have a love & hate relationship with coffee. I love the smell of coffee, the taste of coffee, and of course the energy you get from coffee (try to cut down the caffeine!). The problem is I don’t always want to drink a plain black coffee, and if you drink anything other than that, you’re most likely consuming a lot of sugar and dairy.
Cappuccino’s and Latte’s can contain 4 or more teaspoons of added sugar in just one small cup! And what about when you start adding french vanilla, the syrups, or ordering the Christmas latte’s? And that’s only your morning coffee! It doesn’t even include the sugar you eat throughout the day (often without even realizing it!).
The average American consumes roughly 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. Always check the food labels for the products you buy. A teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams. A product with 16 grams of sugar often doesn’t seem like that much, but equate that to 4 teaspoons. All that extra sugar is being converted directly into fat!
So re-think your usual sugary morning coffee! But you don’t have to rule out delicious coffees forever. I have a recipe for a fabulous Thai island-inspired iced coffee without all the extra sugar. And it’s dairy free too!
This coffee is GOOD for you too! Coconut milk replaces the dairy in this recipe. Coconuts are loaded with nutrients, including vitamins B1, B3, B5, and B6, as well as Vitamin E and C. For minerals you’ll get calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It’s a good source of fiber as well!
Sure, there is saturated fat in coconut milk ( in the form of medium-chain triglycerides- which is different from most products with saturated fat, but I’ll discuss that another time) but saturated fats are NOT the devil they’ve been made out to be. Your body NEEDS saturated fat in order to function, it’s in every cell in your body!
Adding cinnamon to this recipe is good for you as well. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants which protect you from free radicals. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Cinnamon has been found to help lower your blood sugar levels and help reduce insulin resistance (leading to diabetes!) These are just a FEW of the many health benefits of cinnamon.
Next is raw honey. Sure, it is high in fructose, but we’re only going to use a small amount here (moderation is key!) Raw honey is very different from over-processed honey at the grocery store. Try to find a local brand sold at a farmers market. It will not cause a sugar rush or increased insulin release like if you were consuming regular sugar. Like cinnamon, honey also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. It is full of vitamins and minerals. Buying local may even help reduce your allergy symptoms! Local raw honey will contain the pollen from your area, and if you have a little honey each day before allergy season, your body can begin to build up resistance and significantly reduce your allergy response!
What You Need:
Coffee Beans – preferably organic, free of preservatives, fertilizers, and other chemicals
Coconut Milk– Always check the labels. Get preservative and chemical-free coconut milk.
100% Raw and Natural Honey – Not the typical honey from the grocery store!
Dried Coconut Flakes – A no sugar added kind
1. Brew your coffee. Either set it aside to cool, or put it in the fridge. If you add ice-cubes right away their going to melt quickly and just turn your hot coffee into a watery luke warm coffee.
2. Grab a mug and pour roughly 3-4 teaspoons of coconut milk into it. More or less is completely up to you.
3. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon (Up to you how much) and stir well.
4. Add a half teaspoon of raw honey (Again, up to you how much) and stir very well.
6. Pour in your coffee and stir.
7. Add ice and top with coconut flakes (optional but perfect for added texture)