How To Sweeten Your Coffee Without Sugar
A quick question for you ladies — how do you have your coffee?
It’s no secret that I enjoy making my Turkish coffee and drinking it most days but there are so many different ways to drink coffee — it can be confusing to know which way is the healthiest.
One way to make your coffee healthier is to try and drink coffee without sugar. Even a small amount of added sugar quickly adds up over a week, especially if you drink more than one cup of coffee each day. Think about it — one teaspoon of added sugar in each cup means you’ve already added an extra seven teaspoons of sugar to your diet in a week. That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?
Now for some of you, drinking coffee without sugar might be a scary thought but don’t stress! There are a number of ways you can flavour coffee without adding sugar or unhealthy creamers — and I have a couple of great suggestions to get you started!
How to sweeten coffee without sugar
If you love enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, it might take a little while for you to adjust but it is worth it.
Enjoy your coffee without sugar and use these instead:
Using dates to sweeten your coffee also helps you get a little extra magnesium, fibre and vitamin B6.
To flavour coffee with dates, use a date paste and experiment with it to find your desired sweetness.
Making a date paste is really simple — soak some pitted Medjool dates in water for an hour, then blend the dates with a tablespoon or two of the water used to soak them. Blend until it makes a soft paste and mix a little into a freshly poured cup of coffee.
Love vanilla syrups in your coffee? Try a drop of vanilla extract.
While it doesn’t sweeten your coffee in the same way as a syrup, vanilla extract has the same incredible aroma that will make you think you’re drinking the same thing.
You’ve probably added honey to a cup of tea but have you ever thought about putting honey in coffee? The natural antibacterial properties of honey can also make it a great replacement for most sweeteners.
The strong flavour of honey means a little bit goes a long way, so try using half or even one-quarter the amount of sugar you would use. You can also experiment with different types of honey — darker honey often has a stronger flavour, so be mindful of this.
A dash of cinnamon in your coffee can help bring out the natural flavours of the coffee beans, it may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
I’ve read that you can also store coffee beans with cinnamon sticks to infuse the flavour. Let me know if you’ve tried this!
One for the mocha lovers! Yes, you can use cacao powder to sweeten your coffee. Stir in a small teaspoon and you’ll be adding some antioxidants to your coffee.
Should you drink coffee without sugar?
Did you know that refined sugars, such as white sugar, can be addictive?
In fact, refined sugar affects your body in a number of ways. While weight gain is a common concern, the effects on your heart and liver should also be taken into consideration. Plus, there are those nasty blood sugar spikes and crashes to contend with — and I KNOW that nobody likes those.
Whether you’re trying to reduce refined sugar in your diet because of the health concerns or because you are trying to lose weight, your daily cup of coffee is a great place to start. Cutting sugar from coffee can help reduce your intake.
Remember, you can still enjoy coffee, just choose healthier alternatives to sweeten it!
Which is the healthiest sweetener?
These sugar alternatives can help flavour or sweeten your coffee but you might be wondering which one is the best for you.
Everyone’s taste buds are different, so it’s all about what works for YOU and your lifestyle. What is important to remember is that any sugar alternatives or sweeteners should be used in moderation.
Skip the sugar with these coffee sweeteners
What I love about this list is that you can add flavour to your coffee without sugar AND add in some extra health benefits too! Giving your morning coffee a kick start with extra flavour and goodness can be just what you need to make the switch permanently.
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.