Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Simple Morning Coffee Recipe Regulates Blood Sugar

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the US. As a matter of fact it is within the top ten  most popular beverages. Whether it is caffeinated or not, coffee is a wildly popular drink. It is what helps many of us get our morning jolt so we can function and be productive.

My normal morning coffee routine

Hot coffee is the most commonly used morning beverage and most people choose regular coffee at home or at their local coffee shop. Other people like to include a variety of different flavors and milk and/or sugar or a sugar substitute. 

I like to keep things simple here at home for my morning coffee. I start my day off with a cup of black coffee, a touch of vanilla extract flavoring and a dash of cinnamon. Why is that my morning pick-me-up?  

  • It is flavorful and helps wake up my taste buds as well as my brain.
  • Cinnamon is a natural regulator of blood sugar levels. It is also known to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), reduce arthritis symptoms and even help leukemia patients (You can research it online at natural cures websites like I did). I think it is amazing that such a great-tasting, natural spice has so many health qualities as well. 
  • It is highly appealing to my sense of smell as it fills the air in my kitchen and wherever I go with my cup of java. 
Sometimes for my second cup or later in the day when I want to get past the midday blahs I add some kind of milk. I have been known to use rice milk, almond milk, soy milk or whole milk depending on what I have on hand and my mood. When I want it to be a little sweeter I add Stevia to the blend. I don't use sugar or other sugar substitutes. I can use less Stevia and get plenty of sweetness from it. 

If coffee is a major part of your morning routine you need to decide what you really like in it. If you want to maintain your blood sugar levels just add a little cinnamon and stir. You can add vanilla, sugar, sugar substitute, Stevia, milk, cream or whatever make you happy. After all it is your morning wake up drink.