For the light + sweet gang.

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I’ve been trying to drink my coffee black for an eternity now. It’s been a New Years goal for the last few years but I’ve never been able to kick the habit cold. I love the “idea” of drinking my coffee black. I recently read this article and really wanted to become a black coffee drinker. I especially love this paragraph of the text:

Black coffee is a synecdoche for life: when you eliminate the excess—when you deliberately avoid life’s empty calories—what remains is exponentially more delicious, more enjoyable, more worthwhile. It might be a bitter shock at first; but, much like coffee, a meaningful life is an acquired taste. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Coffee used to be something I enjoyed daily. Lately I’ve been skipping the caffeine because I don’t want to load up on the cream and sugar it takes for me to think the coffee is good. I’m trying to kick dairy completely and so I scoped out the internet for healthy alternatives that I could make from home. So how do I still enjoy a morning sip without feeling like the dairy and sugar is zapping my energy?

Spending 4-5 dollars at a coffee shop a day (sometimes even twice!) adds up in my budget. I’m not kicking out the prospect of a good almond milk latte but I enjoy the task of brewing from home. So I’ve discovered an alternative and it’s basically everything to me. It’s the perfect find for anyone who isn’t quite at the “drinking my coffee black” stage of their life but wants to knock out some of their light and sweet raw sugar cravings.

This is my own recipe altered from some recipes I found online to fit my taste buds:

  • 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • 1 banana or 1/2 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 packet of Vista Instant Coffee (I go with the Pike Place for a medium roast)
  • 1 scoop of peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder (unsweetened) for extra flavor
  • Add ice if you want more of a frozen coffee drink feel!

You simply throw all the goods in a hand blender and enjoy the mix. I’ve been pouring my mixes into a mason jar, adding a straw, and taking the coffee blend into the office with me. I’m excited about this little drank because I don’t feel the need to chug it down like I do with smoothies. This is a slow sipper that has been lasting me about an hour every morning I’ve made it for myself.

This is the perfect little addition to a summer routine of waking up early, cracking open the journal, and getting in that quiet time.

Looking forward to sharing more of my healthy finds with you!

9 thoughts on “For the light + sweet gang.

  1. HB, I love this!! My mom and grandpa drink their coffee black and I gave it a good honest try… but I just love me a good latte. I had to go dairy-free a few years ago, so I’ve been using almond milk as my go-to. I am happy with it unsweetened for everyday, but splurge for a once in a while treat. I’ll have to try this!

    And hey, I’m proud of you for sticking it out with this health journey! It’s hard to give up what we love, but the benefits are worth it.

    Are you working to cut out all dairy or just certain kinds? I can still have regular yogurt and goat cheese – I guess they’re “broken down” enough for my body to handle – but not the rest. Maybe there’s still a few options you could enjoy? 🙂

  2. Yum, that looks awesome. I am definitely not a black coffee drinker either. Drinking it black takes away the joy that I get from it! Love this though, I am going to try it tomorrow morning!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    I actually have a lot of healthy breakfast ideas on my blog if you want to take a peek! They help with those early mornings, trust me, I get it.

  3. I love coffee! It secretly impresses me when a person can drink it black. But it’s a very valid point to eliminate those unnecessary calories. I just can’t bring myself to do it. I enjoyed this post!!

  4. This looks amazing! I will have to try it. I have always wanted to try to drink my coffee black too. It started when I went on a mission trip to Dominican republic. we were in the mountains they didn’t have cream and sugar up there… I sat up on a mountain look out at the view cup with a view of black coffee in hand. hands down one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had. However for me it was all experiential. I needed the surroundings and the coffee for it to be the best cup of coffee. so since then I have tried and tried… I can get through like a full week with out the cream or sugar. but honestly the coffee black is a little Acidic. soon I gave up, I like my coffee with cream and sugar. though when I do get lattes now just oder plan lattes then I as a little sugar too tim, rather then using the flavor syrups. Anyways thanks for sharing.. this actually looks like a great morning treat! have you heard of people using coconut oil? I heard it makes the coffee creamy and fluffy without the milk.

  5. Interesting… it totally comes down to personal preference, because while it was hard for me to give up sugar in coffee initially. I now HATE sweetened coffee. I have a major, major sweet tooth – and yet I threw away an entire large iced coffee yesterday because McDonald’s put sugar in it… in a way it tasted a little bit good, but mostly it was just this yucky fake sugary taste to me! Now if only I could have the same change of heart about icecream….

  6. I LOVE black coffee, try this. Drink black coffee every day for a week. Just like your other blog about finishing things, do it even if you hate it. Drink a whole cup of black coffee every day for a week. After that week you will now be a black coffee drinker.

  7. Your smoothie looks like what I have daily – minus the coffee. Mine has a banana, peanut butter, milk, ice, chia seeds, cocoa and a smidgen of sugar. Then on my way to work, I stop at my favorite convenience store that has coffee 24 hours a day… and I select hazelnut coffee + french vanilla creamer in my stainless travel mug for 93 cents. yes – in cents – not dollars! Am addicted to the nutty arooma of that concoction. I’ve never enjoyed coffee just black but admire those who do!! 🙂

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