Once you see how easy it is to make a rich and creamy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino at home you’ll never miss the fat and calories you’re saving.

Coffee and chocolate are a flavor match made in heaven which is why it is no surprise that the Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino is so popular. Cool, creamy, rich and chocolately – what’s not to love?

Confession: I’ve never actually ordered a Frappuccino at Starbucks before. While there are many unhealthy foods I can’t resist, Frappuccinos fall into my “off limits” category which means I never order them.

The same can be said for a McDonald’s Big Mac, General Tso’s Chicken at a mall food court or a donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts.

It all goes back to my 80’s childhood during the fat-free craze followed by my overweight adolescence in the 90’s/00’s. I didn’t grow up eating these heavy foods so to eat them now would pretty much be a guaranteed stomach ache.

Psychologically, consuming them would immediately bring me to a dark place so for these reasons, I avoid them.

The fact is, I’ve worked too hard to achieve weight loss success and I’ve also learned a lot about making smarter food choices over the years. By using ingredients I can pronounce such as cocoa powder, half and half and strong coffee plus a few drops of my favorite chocolate stevia, I end up with a frothy, decadent frozen drink that is sheer perfection. If you don’t have liquid stevia, honey or pure maple syrup work just as well.

Your straw is waiting.


Healthy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Frothy chocolate and coffee perfection – this healthy knock-off of the Starbucks mocha frappuccino has all the flavor, none of the guilt. 4.09 from 45 votes Course: Drink Cuisine: American Keyword: healthy frappuccino, starbucks copycat Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 Calories: 72kcal Author: Liz Della Croce


  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee chilled
  • 1/4 cup half and half or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 14 drops chocolate stevia or sweetener of choice (ie honey,maple syrup, etc.)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ice
  • whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings optional garnish


  • Combine coffee, half and half, cocoa powder, vanilla, stevia and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth about 30-60 seconds.
  • Add a scoop or two of ice and puree for additional 45-60 seconds on high.
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Chef’s Notes:

For a thicker consistency, add more ice. Stevia has no calories so if you swap with honey or another sweetener please note that the calorie total will increase a bit.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.8g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 298mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2g

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What’s your coffee shop splurge? We all have one. The drinks that cost us $8 a pop and blow our entire morning’s calorie budget. Well, we have news. You can have your drinks without spending a dime or wasting calories!

Save money and calories? Now that’s a double whammy! These coffee shop-inspired drinks will have you skipping the morning rush at Sbux and instead, leave you slim and plenty energized. Plus, who doesn’t love an extra 10 minutes to sleep in?


Skinny pumpkin spice latte

Serves 2

  • 16 ounces brewed coffee
  • 6 tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 cup sweetened almond milk
  • 2-4 packets calorie-free sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Mix the pumpkin puree and almond milk together in a bowl. Heat in a microwave for about 60 seconds and whisk to combine. Pour the pumpkin milk mixture into the coffee and whisk in the pumpkin spice and vanilla. Add sweetener to taste.
  2. Garnish lattes with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon.


Skinny peppermint mocha

Adapted from The Kitchn

Serves about 1

  • 1/2 cup hot espresso
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Peppermint candies, crushed
  1. Whisk the 2-1/2 tablespoons water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the peppermint extract. Let simmer another 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a microwave until foamy.
  3. In a mug, mix the cocoa and hot water together. Gradually whisk in the espresso, frothy milk and peppermint syrup. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.


Low-fat chocolate blended coffee

Slightly adapted from Savory Sweet Life

Serves 1

  • 3/4 cup double strength brewed coffee
  • 1-1/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons no-calorie sweetener
  • About 2 cups ice
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Mix the coffee with 1/2 cup milk and stir to combine. Pour the coffee and milk mixture, remaining milk, sweetener, ice and chocolate syrup in a blender. Blend on low until smooth.
  2. Garnish mug with whipped cream and add drizzled chocolate.


Light almond chai latte

Serves 1

  • 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf chai tea
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Cinnamon
  1. Steep the tea in the boiling water for about 4 minutes. Stir in the honey.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the almond milk to a boil over medium heat. Whisk constantly until nice and frothy. Carefully pour into the tea and garnish with cinnamon.

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9 Ways to Make Your Morning Coffee Healthier (and Even Tastier)

For years, we’ve been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day (though some would argue against that advice). But for those of us who need a little extra push to access our inner morning person, scrambling an egg isn’t even fathomable until we’ve at least had one (or five) cups of joe.

Studies have shown that drinking coffee alone has health benefits that go beyond helping us become real humans again—like reducing our risk of type 2 diabetes. But since it’s the very first thing we put in our bodies each day after we open our eyes, why not see if there’s a way to sneak a few extra nutrients in there?

Here are a few of our favorite hacks to justify your insatiable caffeine addiction pack even more nutrition into your daily caffeine routine.

1. Add a dash of cinnamon.

Here’s a way to add a little seasonal flair to your caffeine routine while also supporting heart health and balancing blood sugar levels. (PSL, can you do that?) Adding a pinch of cinnamon can boost antioxidants, lower your blood sugar, and even cut your risk of heart disease. Plus, it tastes so good that you might finally kick the cream and sugar habit because, really, it doesn’t need anything else.

2. Drink more chocolate.

OK, just to be clear, we’re not encouraging you to start melting entire Hershey’s bars into your coffee. But adding a little cocoa is cool with us.

Here’s why: Adding a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa (we’re talking the fermented seeds from the cacao tree) offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that can help your body by lowering blood pressure, balancing cholesterol, and helping to manage type 2 diabetes. Think a homemade mocha with zero added sugar, although we think a little drizzle of maple syrup would be good in this too.

3. Add flavor with coconut oil.

If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, swap out those artificial vanilla and hazelnut creamers and syrups for a naturally tropical taste by adding a tablespoon of coconut oil. And while coconut oil might not be the “cure-all” it’s made out to be, adding it to your coffee may have a few health benefits, from contributing to weight loss to possibly preventing Alzheimer’s disease. While these health claims are still under investigation, we think it’s worth adding it to your coffee for the flavor alone. The creaminess is crazy.

4. Call in the collagen.

From health bloggers to celebs (hey, Jennifer Aniston), it seems like everyone is hopping on the collagen bandwagon this year—adding it to smoothies, cooked meals, and… you guessed it… coffee. If you’re not on board yet, don’t believe everything you hear about collagen—sprinkling it into a smoothie probably won’t make you look 30 years younger.

Here’s what you should know: Collagen is the protein-rich connective material between tissue and bones (so, yup, veg-heads, you’ll have to sit this one out). It comes in a powder form, so you can stir it into pretty much anything to get a major protein boost that will help you kick-start your day. There’s also some preliminary evidence it can help keep your skin hydrated, improve alcohol-induced liver damage, and support joint health. Look for a brand that doesn’t change the flavor, like Further Food Collagen Peptides, so you aren’t scrunching up your nose at every sip.

5. Butter it up.

We know, we can’t believe it is butter in there, either. Buttered (a.k.a. “Bulletproof”) coffee has been making celebs, athletes, and health bloggers alike get friendlier with fats. Why? Some claim this buttery buzz gives them more energy, improves brain function, and aids in weight loss—particularly if these folks are following a ketogenic diet already.

If you decide to slide a slice into your morning joe, try using grass-fed butter, which has a higher amount of omega-3 and vitamin K than regular butter.

6. Make cafe au oats.

When the morning rush gets between us and breakfast, we become our worst selves (hangry, stuck in rush-hour traffic, staring at a giant billboard of a breakfast sandwich). But here’s a way to grab breakfast and coffee on your way out the door: Brew some caffeine-packed oats in your thermos for a delicious morning meal. Not only are you getting your energizing fix, but you’re also eating a solid breakfast because oatmeal comes packed with fiber and minerals like magnesium, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.

7. Add some ashwagandha powder.

If you’re looking to add an extra health kick to your coffee but still want it to look like, well, coffee, try sprinkling in some ashwagandha powder. You may want to combine this with some cinnamon and coconut oil since it can have a pretty strong flavor, but some people are swearing by this adaptogen trend. While it’s used heavily in Ayurvedic medicine, mainstream health connoisseurs are starting to use it more and are noticing that it may help reduce stress and possibly even increase physical stamina.

8. Get your fill of cardamom.

Cardamom has been dubbed the “queen of spices”—and it’s not just because of its rich, warm taste. In some ancient medicinal traditions, this powerful spice was used to treat everything from gum infections to tuberculosis. And while we’re not recommending you try to whip up a DIY cardamom cure for either of those, one recent study suggests the spice may have antimicrobial properties so you can fight off pesky bacteria like E. coli. And adding it to your coffee might just improve your social health, since it’s been used as a natural breath freshener and, well, coffee breath is a thing.

9. Turn up the heat.

Nope, we’re not talking temperature. If you want to spice up your morning routine, add a dash of cayenne into your morning brew. Trust us, not only will it wake up your taste buds, but it will also give you a nutrient boost early on in your day.

Cayenne has been used to manage stomach problems, lack of appetite, and circulatory issues for thousands of years in Native American medicine. Recent research shows that it may relieve pain from headaches, help digestion, and even prevent heart disease. It’s pretty much a coffee-obsessed, spicy-food lover’s dream.

Something to Sip On

Though these additions are all fun ways to sneak a little extra something into your morning, let’s face it—our pantries aren’t always stocked with collagen peptides, and we’re guessing your local barista won’t have ashwagandha powder on hand. But one thing Karman Meyer, R.D., recommends is including something most of us already plan on putting in our morning joe.

“Milk, lactose-free or not, will provide essential vitamins and minerals,” Meyer says. “By adding 1/4 cup milk to your morning joe, you’ll get 2 grams of protein, 8 percent of the daily value of calcium, and 6 percent of the daily value of vitamin D, riboflavin, and phosphorus… essential for bone health, red blood cell production, and metabolism.” So no matter where you are—or whether or not you’re fully awake—there’s a way to add a little boost to your daily cup.

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22 of the Best Homemade Healthy Coffee Recipes

Coffee nuts are constantly seeking out the best coffee, hunting down new cafés and trying new concoctions.

But when you really evaluate the matter, it’s clear that you can’t control what goes into your coffee drinks.

Instead, consider what you can do at home to create the perfect cup of java. You can ensure that your caffeine will come in healthier dosing while also pinching a few pennies on the cost of corporate coffee.

Check out 22 of the best homemade healthy coffee recipes we’ve found, and try your hand at healthy creations!​

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#1 – Luscious Latte (Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe)

Most people avoid making their own coffee at home because they think it’ll take a lot of work. Others fear they will never create a confectionery delight to rival their favorite café drinks. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to put together your own refreshing — and often healthier — version at home.

This cool, caffeinated latte requires only three ingredients, and you can adjust the calorie level (or even make it dairy free) by using skim milk or choosing almond or coconut milk. Avoid sugar and calories with a sugar-free vanilla syrup.

#2 – Mocha Madness (Frozen Mochaccino Recipe)

Keeping with the careful calorie counting, take a load off (and don’t worry about getting dressed up) and create your own frozen coffee drink at home. Use coffee or espresso as you like, and make coffee ice cubes so the flavor doesn’t get diluted.​

Using low-fat milk and unsweetened cocoa powder cuts the calories to a fraction of what they would be at your local big box coffee shop. Best of all, once the cubes are frozen, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

#3 – Colorful Coffee (Four Flavoured Syrups and a Coffee Brew Recipe)

This is a bonus. Not only can you create your own cold brew coffee with the recipe here, but you can also create four different at-home syrups that are healthier than what you’ll find at the café and can be combined for very interesting flavors.

If you need a light version, use a sugar substitute. Almond syrup, cinnamon brown sugar syrup, and vanilla bean syrup are all standard favorites, but the blackberry syrup is excellent as well and gives your coffee drink a fun purple or pink color when mixed with creamer!

#4 – Sugar and Spice (Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte Recipe)

If you’re looking for something sweet and light (and natural) it doesn’t get any more basic than this. Honey and cinnamon are two of the least processed substances you can find, and you can use organic milk or opt for a non dairy alternative if necessary.

Coconut milk tends to be sweetest, and almond milk adds a nutty flavour that blends well with the other ingredients. There’s no need for processed sugar, since the honey sweetens on its own, and the entire process only takes about ten minutes! You can spend that much time doctoring up your drink at the café.

#5 – Traditional Taste While Carb Counting (Low Carb Café Mocha Recipe)

Zero net carbs? If you’re counting carbohydrates instead of fat (hello, diabetic diet), you probably haven’t stepped into a coffee shop for a while. Too many of the choices are high in sugar and other bad carbs. But you don’t have to give up caffeine to save on space in your carb allowance.

Flavored, unsweetened almond milk is a great alternative, especially if you’re lactose intolerant, and sugar substitutes like Stevia offer the same sweetness without sugar. Don’t worry, you can create a low fat version, too, if that’s what you’re looking for. Just change your choice of milk product!

#6 – Vanilla Chiller (Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe)

To keep your coffee “skinny” and vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and/or dairy free, you can switch up this recipe a bit. Choose from (1) low-fat/skim milk, rice milk, soy milk, almond or cashew milk, or even hemp milk. There’s even coconut milk if that floats your boat.

Vanilla is a favorite flavor for coffee blends, but you can dress it up as you like with other spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Best of all, the recipe includes no refined sugar, which makes it a guilt-free drink with enough caffeine to keep you going.

#7 – Caffeinated Smoothie (Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe)

Smoothies are packed full of vitamins, fiber, and protein, and adding coffee to the mix gives you a jolt of caffeine to get your energy flowing for the rest of the day. Don’t forget the great taste! Bananas also have a lot of potassium, which is good for muscles as well.

This recipe is filled with natural ingredients that boost your immune system and keep your body clean, while also adding elements to the complex taste and texture that will leave you craving more…and not because you’re hungry! It’s a great way to start your morning to assure a healthy day!

#8 – Bit O’ Honey (Honey Coffee Recipe)

The Brits have been drinking milk and honey in their tea for centuries, and it’s natural to add milk products to coffee. That’s the basis of a “latte,” which really just means “milk.” So is it surprising that some people put honey in their coffee, too?

It’s a natural alternative to refined sugar, giving it an extra layer of flavor. Add other spices as well to make it more complex. Choose a milk that fits your diet if you need to be dairy free or low fat. No matter how you dress it up — or down — it tastes great!

#9 – Christmas Coffee (Gingerbread Spice Coffee Recipe)

When the holidays roll around, people flock to the nearest Starbucks for the smell and taste of Christmas. Forego the wait and create your own two-minute concoction that packs just as much flavor and is much lower in carbs than the standard café offering.

If you want to cut back on fat, replace the heavy cream with something lighter — whole milk or half and half should work. Leave the whipped cream off the top to back off on calories and fat. Otherwise, the all natural ingredients are going to pack a lot of flavour without a lot of guilt!

#10 – Nutty Buddy (Almond Iced Coffee Recipe)

More and more, coffee lovers are turning to cold drinks, especially in the heat of the summer. Rather than seeking the perfect cold brew from a local shop, create your own. You can store a concentrate in your refrigerator and add it to your drink later, along with the rest of the ingredients.

Coffee tends to have a nutty taste to it anyway, so adding almond just brings out that underlying hint.

#11 – Try Some Chai (Iced Coconut Chai Latte Recipe)

This recipe is written for a single serving, but you’ll probably love it so much you’ll mix up enough to dish out the single servings at will! The spices blend for a wonderful warm tingling sensation in your stomach, and you’ll find that using coconut milk not only reduces negative effects caused by drinking dairy but also brings out pungent flavors for an amazing blend.

If you use sugar-free vanilla syrup, you don’t have any refined sugar in this beverage, so you can drink it to your heart’s content!

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#12 – Pumped with Protein (Chocolate Espresso Protein Smoothie Recipe)

Here’s another great way to incorporate your caffeine into a healthy breakfast blend. Yogurt thickens the mixture and helps you keep your digestive system balanced. Unsweetened cocoa powder is great for blood pressure and regulating sugar levels.

Banana adds a dose of potassium and, of course, espresso gets your blood flowing, boosting your energy before the protein kicks in to keep you going. This smoothie is guaranteed to please your palate with the delicious chocolate flavor and the thick, creamy consistency.

Make it the night before and store it if the fridge if you’re one of those who rushes out the door in the morning.

Want to try more coffee protein recipes? Check this complete article here.

#13 – More Mocha (Skinny Ice Blended Mocha Recipe)

This ten-minute solution saves time and effort used to get to the coffee house in the middle of a busy day while also keeping it clean and light. Enjoy the great thick mocha taste without the guilt. The secret to the thickness of the drink?

A mashed, ripe banana, which fuels you with good calories and potassium while giving your drink the right consistency. If you want less sugar, use a substitute, and if you need to make it lactose free, use an alternative to nonfat milk, like almond or soy milk. Make sure your cocoa powder is unsweetened for best results.

#14 – Coco Loco (Coconut Frappuccino Recipe)

Specialty diets make it difficult to frequent the local coffeehouse, considering the rich ingredients used in so many coffee drinks.

You never know when you might run into a problem. But take a look at this recipe that’s easy to follow at home and gives you the perfect taste without the worry. What diet are you following? Paleo? Gluten free (2)? Dairy free? Vegan? Vegetarian? Diabetic? Low carb? It doesn’t matter.

With only three ingredients (coconut milk or whatever dairy alternative you prefer), coffee, and banana, this recipe meets the requirements of every diet!

#15 – Shake, Rattle, and Roll (Café Mocha Protein Shake Recipe)

When it comes to keeping it clean and simple, you don’t get much better than this. Brew your coffee the night before and keep it in the fridge so it’s cold in the morning. Make sure your ice tray is full so you can add ice to taste.

The secret to this particular mixture is the use of both chocolate and vanilla protein powder. By the time you get the blend together, this high protein, high energy coffee shake will kick you into high gear while satisfying any craving you have for chocolate, caffeine, and nutrition.

#16 – Cocoa-Coco (Better Than Bulletproof Coffee Recipe)

For those who prefer espresso to coffee and have a negative reaction to the thought of putting butter in their coffee, this “better” recipe goes back to milk alternatives. It’s packed full of vitamins and healthy fats that, like any version of bulletproof coffee, will fill you up all day long.

If you don’t like chocolate, try using pure vanilla extract to taste instead. This one clenches a spot near the top of the list of recipes that are suitable for all diets, too, with no dairy or added sugar.

#17 – Smooth Criminal (Coffee Smoothie Recipe)

So, a lot of people caution against replacing breakfast with a cup of coffee (or several cups), but there are ways to skirt around that. Enter the coffee smoothie recipe here, rich in wholesome nutrients from the added “food” in the drink. Coffee is great with oatmeal or a banana, and a lot of people might put peanut butter on their toast.

But imagine a drinkable concoction containing all of these, and you have the perfect solution to the breakfast blahs. If you aren’t worried about fat, consider using whole milk or half and half to make it even smoother and creamier!

#18 – Pump Up with Pumpkin (Pumpkin Spiced Bulletproof Coffee Recipe)

This twist on bulletproof coffee offers the traditional taste of autumn and the holidays without all the additives and fats you find in the common café order. Using real pumpkin purée makes the drink thick, and the spices add a lip-smacking kick to the brew.

You can omit the butter entirely if you need to go dairy free, replacing it with additional coconut oil instead. Make the recipe your own by adjusting the ingredients to your taste, but any way you go, you’ll be nice and full between meals without the added calories of coffee with traditional creamer.

#19 – Mint Chocolate (Skinny Dark Chocolate Peppermint Coffee Creamer Recipe)

Coffee on its own doesn’t carry any significant calories — no carbohydrates, no fat. It’s essentially empty. The problem comes with coffee creamer and other additives that give coffee its creamy consistency and fabulous flavor.

By making your own creamer at home, you can avoid giving up the taste to steer clear of calories and fat. This recipe for skinny creamer is to die for, especially if you’re a fan of rich dark chocolate and the aroma and puckering goodness of peppermint. Be sure to have some of this healthier sweet treat for the holidays, and share it with your family.

I bet they’ll never know it’s not chock full of fat!

#20 – Brewing Bulletproof (Bulletproof Coffee Recipe)

The paleo diet has proven so successful for so many people that you can’t turn your nose up at the idea of cutting many unnatural foods from your life. Enter into the picture bulletproof coffee, which works well for those who can’t stomach food in the morning and want to adhere to the specialty diet.

Try a dark-roast flavored coffee bean and, if you want to keep it completely clean of dairy, you can clarify the butter before you add it to your brew. Choose high quality butter, though, preferably from grass-fed cows. It will keep you satisfied for hours!

#21 – Clean Caffeine (Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe)

Dump a little pumpkin spice in your coffee grounds and you get the gorgeous fall favorite. Pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere throughout the autumn and into the winter, but they can be wholly inappropriate for a healthy diet.

Try making yours at home with unsweetened almond milk or low fat or skim dairy milk. Make sure to add the vanilla extract — this is the key to bringing out the best of your at-home coffee drink. You can adjust the amount of spice you use to taste; some people don’t like the pumpkin flavour to overwhelm the coffee.

#22 – Very Vegan (Vegan Gingerbread Coffee Creamer Recipe)

By making your own homemade coffee creamer, you can avoid some of the food groups and ingredients that lead to nasty results. This particular recipe transcends issues with gluten, dairy, and soy by using coconut milk.

It’s also healthier because it uses coconut sugar rather than the ultra-processed white sugar. Toss in some natural spices and a little molasses and you’ve got a winning recipe that tastes as good as or better than what you can get at any café. And best of all, it caters to your dietary needs without special ordering and risking a mistake.

There’s more at stake than just fabulous flavor when trying new brews.

Coffee is great for energy and good for the soul, but sometimes the ingredients may not be. When you make your own delicious drinks, you’ll discover your inner barista, and you can control what you put into your body. It can also help you save a few dollars and a lot of time.

Besides, you get the added benefit of enjoying whatever you want without having to go anywhere and browse through a complex menu. Take a chance on a homemade healthy coffee recipe, and improve your overall outlook on life!

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If you think of your morning coffee ritual as a bad habit, I have some good news for you: There are legit health benefits associated with having a cup of joe.

“For almost a decade, studies have consistently shown the benefits of coffee consumption, including increased mortality, improved liver health and reduced risk of brain-related conditions,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D. Thing is, these studies are talking about pure, black coffee—not foamy, caramel-topped PSLs.

With so many artificially flavored creamers and funky sugars masquerading as health foods out there (we see you, brown sugar), our morning Joe can quickly transform from a much-needed energy boost to an empty-calorie bomb.

Not all of us are coffee purists, though—and that’s okay! To make your coffee break as healthy and soul-soothing as possible, try one (or more) of these java upgrades.

1. Add MCT oil.

If you’re both craving a coffee and have a couple of hours before your lunch break, try adding some fat like MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil to your java to tide you over. A European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that adding MCT oil to coffee boosted levels of the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin in people who sipped on the fat-filled coffee.

“I recommend this often, since adding MCT oil can make your coffee more of meal and keep you full for hours,” says Kirkpatrick, who says MCT-boosted brews can help you keep your blood sugar stable. “I’m a huge fan of the Quest MCT Oil Powder for its superb ingredients and mixability into coffee and smoothies.”

2. Add natural flavors.

For a calorie-free boost of flavor, try adding a drizzle of pure vanilla extract or a sprinkle of cinnamon to your morning (or, erm, 3 o’clock) mug of coffee. That cinnamon, in particular, also boasts some pretty impressive health benefits. “Cinnamon has been shown to keep blood sugar levels stable,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D.N., author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table. Plus, according to one study published in Diabetes Care, cinnamon may help reduce your risk of heart disease by supporting healthy cholesterol.

3. Clean up your sweetener.

Those pale pink, yellow, and blue packets of calorie-free sweetener may look pretty, but they might not be any better for you than actual sugar. Sugar alcohols, which typically end in “-ol” (such as erythritol), in particular, often come with a side of gas, bloat, and gastrointestinal discomfort, Taub-Dix says.

If you need a little something sweet in your coffee, try stevia, which, while still processed, is derived from a leaf, she recommends.

4. Pair it with food.

If coffee tends to upset your stomach or go right through you, try having your morning mug alongside some grub. “For some people, drinking coffee on an empty stomach is too harsh and acidic,” says Taub-Dix.

While it’s ideal to line your stomach with food to help offset some of coffee’s acidity, adding milk or non-dairy milk to your mug can also ease the impact on your stomach, she says. You can also opt for a less acidic brand of coffee, like HealthWise Low-Acid Coffee or trücup Low-Acid Born to Be Mild Coffee.

5. Add fortified milk or nut milk.

If you’re going to add milk or nut milk to your coffee (whether to coat your stomach or add flavor), take the opportunity give your beverage a nutritional boost! “I enjoy pairing coffee with something that will make it more valuable, like Almond Breeze Almondmilk, so that I know I’m getting calcium and other valuable nutrients in there,” says Taub-Dix.

Steal her nutritionist-approved morning ritual: First, Taub-Dix heats her unsweetened almond milk. Then, she adds hot coffee and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa. “I’m in it for the flavor, not the buzz,” she says.

6. Opt for decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

Even smelling coffee is sometimes enough to pull us out of zombie mode—and for those of us who are particularly sensitive to caffeine, that might be enough. If regular coffee makes you feel jittery or keeps you up at night, opt for decaf, says Taub-Dix. “Just be aware that decaf coffee may contain a small amount of caffeine,” she says. Typically, a 10-ounce cup of decaf contains about six milligrams of caffeine, compared to the usual 260 milligrams of a regular brew.

7. Use it as a pre-workout drink.

As much as you might love sitting in our favorite coffee shop with a steamy mug and a good book, coffee is also a fab way to get revved up to get moving, too. (Thanks, caffeine!) “Have a cup of coffee to give you a bit of a boost and go and work out or take a walk,” suggests Taub-Dix. The java-workout combo helps boost your metabolism, too, she says.

For an endurance-fueling drink, make a smoothie with a cup of coffee, half a banana, ice, spinach, and cocoa powder.

8. Sip it hot.

Cold brew is certainly having a moment, but according to Taub-Dix, hot coffee might actually release more antioxidants.

9. Add collagen powder.

Umm, is it just me or does every influencer on Instagram *swear* by collagen? (Answer: yes.) Really, though, this animal-derived protein might actually be worth incorporating into your diet.

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According to Kirkpatrick, collagen may help with joint health and promote bone health. Simply mix a tablespoon into hot coffee and watch it dissolve—you shouldn’t taste a thing.

10. Steep it in a French press

If you’re looking to save time in the morning—and potentially protect your health—steep your ground coffee in a French press, says Kirkpatrick. While more large-scale research is necessary to confirm these findings, research published in Cancer Causes & Control linked consuming boiled (a.k.a. French press) coffee with a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Marissa Miller Marissa Miller has spent a decade editing and reporting on women’s health issues from an intersectional lens with a focus on peer-reviewed nutrition, fitness trends, mental health, skincare, reproductive rights and beyond.

23 Amazing Blended Iced Coffee Recipes For A Hot Day

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Looking for that perfect blended iced-coffee recipe you can make right in the comfort of your own home? We’ve got just what you’ve been looking for. With so many flavors and brewing options out there, there’s a favorite iced-coffee recipe out there for every dedicated coffee lover. All of these recipes are simple to do, affordable, and guaranteed delicious.

1. French Vanilla Blended Iced Coffee

Are you a French vanilla fan? Genius Kitchen uses cold-brewed coffee to get this vibrant and rich French vanilla frozen coffee. Easy to make and just a little time before you can sip this through your straw. You can access the recipe here.

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2. Blended Double Chocolate Iced Coffee

Fork Knife Swoon has what any coffee and chocolate lover dreams of. This blended double chocolate coffee is smooth, rich, and bold in flavor. This drink is the perfect fix for those who have a cold-natured sweet-tooth craving. See how to make it.

3. Iced Frappe At Home

Simple Bites has a delicious and refreshing iced frappe that you can make at home. Easy to follow, and easier to make, the ingredients needed for this recipe are ones you probably already have in your kitchen. Here is her recipe.

4. Blended Caramel Coffee

If you’re a lover of Bailey’s and caramel coffee, then this recipe by Life Love and Sugar is for you. This blended caramel coffee is perfect for dessert at your next dinner party and is sure to win over even the pickiest of coffee drinkers. Check out this sweet blended coffee recipe.

5. Dairy-Free Blended Iced Coffee

Looking for a healthier milk alternative for your blended iced coffee? Cupcakes and Kale Chips has a dairy-free, almond-milk based blended iced coffee recipe that’s much more affordable than buying the same drink in a coffee shop. See her easy and tasty recipe.

6. Thai Inspired Blended Iced Coffee

Immaculate Bites had us at Thai! Another healthy milk-alternative recipe, this Thai blended iced coffee is full of vibrant flavor. Using coconut milk and condensed milk for the ice, this coffee is healthy, simple to make, and oh-so-tasty. Head over for the recipe.

7. Frozen Mocha Coffee

Chocolate Covered Katie has one award-winning frozen coffee recipe on her blog. Her recipe allows you to get that creamy mocha coffee flavor in a frozen blended form. One trick that she uses when making this delicious drink is adding just a pinch of salt. Learn how to make one for yourself.

8. Sweet Blended Iced Cappuccino

For those coffee lovers who aren’t particularly concerned with health restrictions, Port and Fin takes the classic cappuccino and transforms it into the perfect blended iced cappuccino. This recipe makes the perfect sweet sip to enjoy on a long, hot workday. Here is their recipe.

9. Blended Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Here is a frozen Caramel Macchiato recipe from Around My Family Table that’s definitely worth a try. You get that sweet caramel flavor, perfectly blended iced coffee, and a fluffy whipped cream topping. Check out the recipe.

10. Simple Coffee Slush

All that’s needed to make this savory Simple Coffee Slush drink by Frugal Girls are three simple ingredients. The combination of coffee, half and half, and sugar make for a vibrant blend of flavors that are thirst-quenching good. Learn how to make your own.

11. Decadent Blended Mocha Coffee

Foodie Crush whipped up this Decadent Blended Mocha Coffee that is perfect to both begin or end a long day. Made with chocolate almond milk, this chilled, refreshing drink is full of rich mocha and coffee flavor. Head here for the mocha coffee recipe.

12. 65-Calorie Caramel-Nilla Blended Coffee

Dreaming DIY took a recipe and made it “skinny” health-friendly option for anyone who wants that caramel frozen coffee flavor without a large amount of sugar. Taking only about 5 minutes to make, this 65-calorie coffee is skinny, yet super savory and sweet. See the recipe here.

13. Dunkin’s Copycat Skinny Frozen Coffee Recipe

Another super-healthy coffee option, Shaken Together Life shares how simple it is to make the Dunkin Donuts Copycat Recipe for the Skinny Frozen Coffee. Basic ingredients like coffee, vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, and a blender is all you need. See for yourself here.

14. Copycat Mocha Frappe From McDonald’s

The Chunky Chef reveals her copycat recipe for the Mocha Frappe from McDonald’s. In about five minutes, you can blend up this magical drink and enjoy it yourself. She uses frozen coffee cubes as the base to get that rich coffee flavor in each sip. Learn how she makes it.

15. Blended Cinnamon Iced Lattes

If you like your coffee to have a little kick in it, An Edible Mosaic has just the recipe for you. This blended cinnamon iced latte recipe gives you a perfect hint of cinnamon spice. If you’re looking for a new coffee combination to try, and you have never paired coffee and cinnamon, give it a try. Here is her recipe.

16. Easy Blended Nutella Iced Coffee

Another delicious creation by Around My Family Table, this recipe combines your love for coffee and Nutella to make the Blended Nutella Iced Coffee. With that rich, delectable hazelnut flavor combined with the strong flavor coffee, this drink is a perfect choice to add some pep in your step. Check out the recipe.

17. Quick and Easy Blended Iced Coffee

Simply Being Mommy shares how to make their Quick and Easy Blended Iced Coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen in a matter of minutes. Using skim milk, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips, this drink won’t only satisfy your sweet tooth, but will also provide that hit of caffeine. Here is the recipe.

18. Frosted Coffee

A Night Owl shares how to make their robust and deliciously cold frosted coffee. The ingredients needed to make it include flavored coffee, creamer, ice cream, and more. All of these ingredients come together to create a frosted coffee that is smooth, sweet, and creamy. Head here to see the recipe.

19. Frozen Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Mama Loves Food shares a favorite frozen coffee drink, the Frozen Pumpkin Spice Coffee. A perfect treat for the fall season, you can taste the flavors of the holidays with each sip. You can even add an optional dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg to give it that extra fall flair..

20. Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Eating on a Dime loves whipping up this Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Copycat Recipe at home to get that smooth vanilla bean frappuccino that you can buy at Starbucks. However, the flavor itself isn’t the only thing that makes it more appealing than the Starbucks’ version. The cost to make is better as well. Discover the recipe here.

21. Bulletproof Frozen Mocha

Start off your day with the low-carb Bulletproof Frozen Mocha recipe from 730 Sage Street. Quick and easy to make, this drink won’t only taste great, but it will also give you that boost of energy that you need to start your day. Find it here.

22. Frozen Black Forest Mocha Coffee

Three Olives Branch reveals a Frozen Black Forest Mocha Coffee recipe that’s probably one of the most unique options we have on this list. The Frozen Black Forest Mocha is correctly titled so because it uses the deep, mouth-watering flavor of cherries blended into the coffee itself. Try this recipe today.

23. Tiramisu Frozen Blended Coffee

Certified Pastry Aficionado took the time to share their delicious Tiramisu Frozen Blended Coffee. Using a somewhat lengthy list of ingredients, such as milk, chocolate syrup, mascarpone cheese, ladyfinger cookies, and almond extract, this recipe is definitely quite the treat. Here is the recipe.

Are you drooling yet? We definitely are! All of these delicious blended coffee recipes are worth a shot to make, and there’s an option out on here for even the pickiest coffee lover.

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This Healthy Coffee Smoothie recipe is ready in 5 minutes and is so much healthier and tastier than those sugar-filled coffee shop drinks you’re buying. Coffee, meet smoothie!

Let’s face it: caffeinated mornings are better than non-caffeinated mornings.

Actually, this is how this coffee smoothie recipe came to be one day.

Let’s discuss how this coffee smoothie came to be:

  • Coffee is great for boosting your energy levels in the morning, but plain coffee can be boring.
  • We all know that stopping for a sugar-filled coffee drink on your way to work is not a good idea.
  • Skipping breakfast is also not a good idea.
  • Plain coffee is not breakfast.
  • Iced coffee is life.

Enter this banana coffee smoothie as a great breakfast option. It’s like coffee, but even better.

I know: BOLD statement.

BONUS: The smoothie is ready in 5 minutes and is as healthy as it can be.

For now, let’s just enjoy that awesome news. Because breakfast and coffee ready in 5 minutes is golden.


Let’s discuss what ingredients you’ll need to make a coffee smoothie.

Here’s what you need:

  • Milk of choice – in this coffee smoothie, I use unsweetened almond milk, but any unsweetened milk will work
  • Banana – half a banana will do the trick, the riper the better for sweetness, and keep it frozen for the best texture
  • Nut Butter – peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter both work great
  • Vanilla – vanilla extract goes great with coffee and makes it taste sweeter, too
  • Coffee! We use both fresh ground coffee AND brewed, chilled coffee in this recipe. Because: coffee!
  • Ice – Only needed if you don’t use a frozen banana or you want it s little thicker

Then, once you have all the ingredients gathered, add them to a high speed blender, and blend until smooth. That’s it — and your perfect morning coffee smoothie is ready to enjoy.

If the smoothie is too thick, you can add either more coffee or milk to loosen. If your smoothie is too thin, just add in a few ice cubes, and re-blend. Using a frozen banana wil help keep your smoothie creamy and thick, so it’s always good to have those ready to grab from the freezer.


Here are a few reasons why this coffee banana smoothie sits high on the scale of healthy breakfast smoothies:

  • It’s vegan
  • It’s gluten-free
  • It has 0 processed sugars
  • It has coffee (duh!)
  • It’s super easy and simple

But, that’s just from a high level — let’s dive deeper into WHY the main ingredients are each so good for you, specifically, the coffee, almond milk, banana, and peanut butter.

Is Coffee Healthy?

Coffee increases your energy level, which means drinking coffee = feeling less tired. But I bet you knew that already. So let’s discuss some other amazing things you should know about coffee.

Coffee is:

  • Low in calories – 1 or 2 calories per 1/2 cup
  • A great source of potassium – 92 mg per 1/2 cup
  • A good source of magnesium – 8 mg per 1/2 cup
  • A rich source of antioxidants
  • A natural headache fighter

Remember: PLAIN coffee is low in calories, and good for you in moderation. Coffee drinks that are high in sugars and fats are not good for you. Not at all.

And did you know that coffee benefits your skin (IN MODERATION)?? That’s because coffee is a natural constrictor and diuretic so it gets rid of toxins and helps move water throughout your skin. This leads to improved skin appearance. Woohoo!


Also – people ask me why I use almond milk in my recipes. Mostly, I love the taste and I’m not a huge fan of cow’s milk – never have been. I also love unsweetened almond milk because it is:

  • Low in calories
  • Nutritious
  • Great source of calcium
  • Great source of vitamin E
  • Great source of vitamin D
  • Great for those who cannot drink cow’s milk

How Peanut Butter Makes This Smoothie Healthy

I’m a huge fan of adding nut butters into my smoothies. In fact, ‘it’s rare for me not to include some sort of nut butter. In this coffee smoothie recipe, I use peanut butter because, it is:

  • Absolutely delicious (duh!)
  • A great source of energy
  • A great source of protein (25 g protein per 1/2 cup)
  • Great source of healthy fat

It will also leave you feeling fuller longer, which is an important part of a smoothie for me.

Why Add Bananas To Smoothies?

And the all-powerful banana. Ever wondered why bananas work so great in smoothies? That’s because they are:

  • naturally fat-free
  • high in potassium
  • A great source of carbs
  • A great source of natural sugar
  • high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin A
  • the perfect texture when blended, especially if frozen

Hate Bananas? Try replacing the banana in this recipe with 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt, or whatever frozen fruit you prefer.

Ok, so are we good? You on the same page with me and all the health benefits of this coffee smoothie?

Can You Put Coffee Grounds into A Smoothie?

Yes, you can add ground coffee into your smoothie and it’s totally ok (and even good for you!) to eat coffee grounds. It’s not only a great way to add extra flavor and texture into your smoothie, it’ll also provide that added caffeine without needing to brew any coffee. Plus, you get the full benefit of coffee beans without having it be diluted in the brewing process. That being said, we ALSO add chilled brewed coffee because we want to maximize the coffee flavor in this coffee smoothie. BONUS: coffee grounds contain antioxidants, which is an added bonus for your smoothie.

Just make sure you’re using un-brewed ground coffee for your ground coffee in this smoothie. If the coffee grounds are already brewed, they will lack flavor and caffeine, which are the two main reasons to be adding the grounds into your coffee to begin with!

NOTE: We are talking about ground coffee here, NOT instant coffee. While you could use instant coffee, that is not how this recipe is intended.

Want A Decaf Coffee Smoothie?

Just use decaffeinated ground coffee and decaffeinated brewed coffee, and you’ll easily make your coffee smoothie a decaf. This is a great option if you’re trying to avoid caffeine or you want to enjoy this as an evening snack, but still want to sleep.

What Type of Coffee Should I Add To My Smoothie?

Now that we’ve discussed whether or not coffee grounds are okay to eat, the next question is what type of coffee is best for smoothies? This question is pretty variable, depending on your tastes and coffee preferences. In general, the better quality coffee grounds, the better taste you’ll have in your smoothie.

Also, if you prefer flavored coffee, opt for flavored coffee grounds in your smoothie, and vise versa.


It’s not hard to make smoothies in the morning, but the process can be even easier if you want to plan ahead. Here’s how to make this coffee smoothie in a freezer pack:

  • Add the ground coffee, banana, vanilla extract, and peanut butter to a sealable freezer-safe bag (I love these re-usable storage bags or mason jars).
  • Press the air out of the bag.
  • Place the bag in the freezer.

When you crave a coffee smoothie in the morning, all you have to do is to add almond milk followed by the frozen ingredients to your blender.

This also means your breakfast drink will be ready in 2 minutes now. You can see all about smoothie freezer packs here.

OR if you wanted to blend everything fully ahead, you can pour it into a mason jar, and freeze. Then, grab it the night before and allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, it’ll be ready to grab and enjoy.


Are you developing a strong sense that healthy breakfast smoothies are the way to go during busy mornings? Good. I’m glad to hear that. Here are some other great healthy smoothie recipes:

  • Almond Butter, Chocolate, & Coffee Bean Protein Shake: Coffee and almond butter are amazing together. But that’s not enough. So this protein shake also has chocolate and cinnamon. And yes, it tastes as delicious as it sounds, it’s healthy and breakfast-perfect. Get the recipe.
  • Pink Power Protein Beet Smoothie: This healthy smoothie is colorful, vibrant, and satisfying. And I can guarantee that it will make your mornings better. Just look at it. Get the recipe.
  • Smoothie Freezer Packs: You can have 2 weeks worth of healthy breakfast smoothies prepped and waiting for you in the freezer in just the same amount of time required to make a smoothie from scratch. Get the recipes.

Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe Video

4.72 from 7 votes Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins

This Healthy Coffee Smoothie recipe is ready in 5 minutes and is so much healthier and tastier than the sugar-filled coffee shop drinks. Coffee, meet smoothie!

Categories: Breakfast, Drinks, make-ahead, Smoothie Difficulty: Easy Keyword: coffee smoothie, coffee smoothies, healthy coffee smoothie Servings: 1 smoothie Calories: 148 kcal Author: Lacey Baier Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ground coffee un-brewed, (not instant coffee)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1/2 frozen banana (the riper, the sweeter)
  • raw honey, as needed, for sweetness (and if not vegan)
  • ice, as needed to thicken

Instructions To Make the Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Add more ice if too liquidy or more almond milk if too thick, as needed.

  3. Serve immediately.

To Make The Smoothie Freezer Pack:

  1. To make the smoothie freezer pack, add the ground coffee to the bottom of the bag, followed by banana, vanilla extract, and peanut butter to a freezer bag.

  2. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly, then place in the freezer.

  3. When ready to blend, add the almond milk and chilled coffee to a blender, followed by the frozen contents from the freezer pack.

  4. Blend until smooth.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie) Calories 148 Calories from Fat 76 % Daily Value* Fat 8.4g13% Saturated Fat 1.7g9% Sodium 69.8mg3% Carbohydrates 17g6% Fiber 2.3g9% Sugar 8.8g10% Protein 4.2g8% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This is the healthiest choice when it comes to coffee

But as we see individuals clutch their cup each morning it is clear that our daily coffee is pretty important to us.

From a health perspective, research has repeatedly shown that drinking coffee can help to lower blood pressure, reduce blood fats and yes, caffeine may even promote fat burning. What is important to remember is that these benefits come from the coffee, not the 200ml of milk, sugar and syrup many of us add to our coffee each day. A constant stream of sugar that comes from the milk when you enjoy a large or Grande size coffee can add a significant number of calories into your diet if you are not careful.

So here is a rundown on some of your favourite drops and what is really in them.

* All values are based on a small serve = 220ml.


A shot of espresso with two parts steamed milk. 120 calories and 7 grams of fat. Swapping to skim milk will reduce the calories to 70 calories and almost no fat, although some fat may help to keep you full.


A shot of espresso with two parts frothed milk. Similar nutritional content to a full fat flat white with 120 calories and 7 grams of fat with just 70 calories and no fat for a small sized skim milk based serve. A good source of calcium.


A shot of espresso with 1/3 milk and 1/3 froth, slightly lower in calories than a latte or flat white with 110 calories and 6 grams of fat with full cream milk but with a slightly lower calcium content than both a latte and flat white as a cappuccino contains slightly less milk.


A shot of coffee with a dash of milk — will contain just 13 or 18 calories depending on whether the milk added is skim or full cream. The risk with this form of coffee is that many will add sugar, which will add 15 calories per teaspoon.

A latte can be a good source of calcium.Source:News Limited


A mini version of a latte with just 45 calories with full cream milk or 25 if you go for skim. A great option for those who enjoy the taste of coffee and who do not need the extra milk and calories.


A latte with an extra shot of chocolate syrup added. Contains significantly more carbohydrates and calories than the average coffee with 160 calories and 6 grams of fat for a full cream version or 100 calories and virtually no fat for the skim milk version.


A latte made using soy milk instead of dairy milk. Many soy based coffees are made using full fat soy milk which can bump up the calories. A small will give you 3 grams of fat and 80 calories.


While it may appear to be a ‘healthy choice’ the good old chai powder found at many coffee shops is packed with sugar. A small chai will give you 130 calories, 2 grams of fat but an extra 20 grams or 4 teaspoons of sugar.


Next to the macchiato, a long black is a favourite for coffee lovers with a shot of espresso slightly diluted with hot water. At 4 calories per serve, minus any milk and sugar, one or two of these will keep both your love of coffee and diet on track.


Popular with paleo fans, bullet coffee combines black coffee with butter and a tablespoon of oil and is generally used as part of a dietary regimen that significantly increases your fat intake at the expense of carbs. Offering 50 grams of fat and almost 2000kJ per serve, used as a breakfast option as part of a high fat dietary regimen would lead to weight gain unless consumed as a part of this very specific diet.


Big along the Eastern seaboard, swapping both regular milk and soy for almond is becoming increasingly popular. While almond milk may appear exceptionally low in calories, but it is also very low in nutrients including protein and calcium; often contains added oil and sugars and is generally only a suggested option for individuals unable to tolerate dairy or soy, rather than a better option nutritionally.

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