There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in Seattle (although, it doesn’t hurt).
According to Dr. Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic, coffee offers a whole host of beneficial health effects. In fact, coffee has been associated with a lower risk of type II diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, certain types of cancers, and strokes.
And all that’s not even counting the benefits of caffeine on your ability to face that meeting Monday morning. And let’s not forget running that extra mile, and pushing through that extra rep.
But, why not give yourself a bigger boost by adding some great nutrition to your daily brew?
Get your buzz on
If you’re looking for a meal replacement drink, this isn’t it. But Matt at No Meat Athlete has the perfect smoothie formula for you.
However, if you’re like me and are just looking for a way to jazz up your morning cup of joe (or you’re looking for a way to cut some calories from your daily Starbucks devotional – and, trust me, you should be), you can’t go wrong with this simple, creamy smoothie recipe.
1 cup coffee
½ cup plain lowfat yogurt
1 serving vanilla protein powder
Brew a fresh cup of your favorite coffee. Pour the hot coffee into a blender. Let the coffee come to room temperature, or blend with ice until the coffee is cool and the ice is completely melted (typically requires between 6 and 8 ice cubes).
If you blended the ice and coffee, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the oxygenated coffee settling out. It looks just like the head settling on a pint of Guinness. And if that thought won’t get you through the day, I don’t know what will.
Pour in the ½ cup of yogurt. I use a liquid yogurt, but you could use a firmer yogurt or even kefir if you’re feeling unconventional.
When you add the yogurt to the acidic coffee, it will tend to clump. That’s okay. Just blend it again until it’s nice and smooth.
Finally, blend in the protein powder. Simple, no?
Remember, the type of coffee you use will affect the flavor of the smoothie. Try playing around with different flavors of coffee until you find one that works for you.
My favorite is a nice, light hazelnut.
How do you take your coffee? Are you a Kona drinker? Columbian? Dark roast or light? Leave me a comment.