We rely on coffee to kickstart our morning, to get through the day or bear those late night work sessions. But plain coffee can get a bit drab. We won’t advise you unhealthy add-ons like ice-cream or chocolate. Here’s how to make your cuppa stirring, sans calorie pile-up.
Maplelicious: If you want a sweet kick in your coffee, try maple extract. The extract is low on sugar and not as thick as maple syrup. Add two-three drops of the extract in your coffee pot. Rich in flavour, it’s not sticky either, unlike the syrup.
Benefits: Mapple extract prevents diabetes, and is good for your skin as well.
Cinnamon fun: Why just limit your love for cinnamon to tea? This spice can make your coffee flavourful, too. Add 2 teaspoon of cinnamon or simply dip a cinnamon stick into your coffee.
Benefits: It is an antioxidant that helps bring down the sugar levels in your body. Cinnamon also helps in boosting your immune system.
Zing in a pod: Cardomom gives coffee an exotic flavour. Ground cardamom seeds with coffee beans or add whole pods to your brew. One crushed cardamom pod per cup of coffee is enough.
Benefits: Adding it not only neutralises the stimulating effect of caffeine, but also improves blood circulation and helps lower cholesterol levels.
Spicy Ginger: Ginger adds a bit of spiciness and tanginess, which is perfect to give you the kick you need early in the morning. Add a few slices of ginger root or ground ginger to your early morning coffee.
Benefits: Ginger is digestive and treats stomach bloating. It is soothing on the stomach, and calms down a sore throat.
Hazy nuts: Want the flavour of nuts without the calories? Add a little hazelnut oil to your cup of coffee. The oil is strong, so go as per your liking.
Benefits: Hazelnut oil will give your coffee a smoky flavour. It contains Vitamin E, which is good for skin and hair. The oil is easily absorbed by the body and is a great antioxidant.
Cooling peppermint: Peppermint oil is pure fun when added to coffee, as it leaves one refreshed. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your brew; it can be a bit strong in high doses. After a tiring day, a peppermint coffee is the ideal coffee to help you de-stress.
Benefits: Peppermint oil helps in fighting bad breath, and is rich in iron and magnesium.
Good old vanilla: Love that vanilla flavour from your childhood? Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your coffee pot or add vanilla beans to your grounded coffee beans, so the flavour infuses well with your coffee.
Benefits: Vanilla extract is a cognitive enhancer. It reduces hunger pangs and helps to relieve stress.