How to Make a Healthier Cup of Coffee!

A Healthier Cup of Coffee

I never used to be a coffee drinker. I was a tea gal. I used to hangout at coffee shops on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO drinking amazing herbal tea blends. I was crazy about green tea, rooibos tea, fruit tea-you name it. Then I had kids. And everything changed!

A hot cup of coffee on a cold wintry morning started it all. It was my time for ME in the morning. I enjoyed the taste of coffee, the smell…all of it. And then I had toddlers and really didn’t want to give up my coffee 🙂

Over the past few years, I have changed up my morning cup of Joe quite a few times. I’ve made it sugar-free at times with liquid vanilla stevia. I’ve tried various creamers and just had it straight up black like my French hubby loves. But lately I’ve been making it as healthy as possible.

As a nutritionist, I know that coffee is quite acidic. While coffee is full of antioxidants and has many health benefits, it should be consumed in moderation. I now enjoy coconut milk cream in my coffee as a dairy-free alternative to traditional creamer. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a fatty acid, that has antibacterial and antiviral properties helping to build the immune system to fight infections and viruses. Additionally, coconut milk also naturally contains electrolytes including magnesium, chloride, potassium and sodium which helps keep the body hydrated and working at an optimal level.

A touch of cinnamon still makes the coffee an enjoyable drink and helps stabilize blood sugar and helps to lower LDL (or bad cholesterol). Raw honey is a superfood that is full of natural enzymes and immune boosting properties.

Voila! Drink up Friends or add my suggestions to a cup of tea if you prefer 🙂

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A Healthier Cup of Coffee
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Dairy Free
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Serves: 1
  • 8-10 ounces hot brewed organic coffee
  • 1Tbsp. chilled coconut milk cream
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (use liquid vanilla stevia if avoiding all sugar)
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil (or a dash of cinnamon)
  1. I store the canned coconut milk in the fridge and then the cream is on top when the can is opened.
  2. Add coconut milk cream, honey and cinnamon to cup of coffee and stir. Enjoy hot!






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  1. And if acid is a problem like it is for me, you can cold brew the coffee in a Toddy maker. This sounds absolutely delish with the coconut cream Laura!!!

  2. This looks really yummy (and healthy!) Well done! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds really good! I drink herbal tea every day but enjoy coffee when I go out or for a special treat. 🙂

  4. Sounds different and really good! Stopping by from Miz Helens~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  5. Sounds yummy! I recently shared my favorite cinnamon vanilla creamer – I make up a batch of it to keep in the fridge. You could (and I have) definitely sub coconut milk for the half and half.

  6. Hannah J says

    I’ve always been more of an herbal tea person, but I like the occasional cup of coffee. I take mine with raw sugar only. But the cinnamon stick is a good tip. I might try that!

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  7. Love my coffee, too, but I’ve cut back substantially since being pregnant with our fifth. I lost the taste for it during morning sickness!

    I love it strong, black, and organic, though sometimes I’ll add a little bit of raw milk or cream. I’ve never really liked flavored coffee, but I worked at an upscale B&B once that made naturally flavored cinnamon coffee by simply adding ground cinnamon to the grounds before brewing. I thought that was a neat trick, especially if you like the flavor of cinnamon! I’ve wondered about trying it with pieces of vanilla bean, too, but haven’t done it yet.

  8. I drink more tea than coffee myself, but I like your addition of coconut cream and cinnamon! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it 🙂

  9. Hi Laura,
    What a great cup of coffee. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Hi Laura,

    Wow! You make one tasty cup of coffee!! I love your additions.

    I do like coffee, but it does not like me (at all). I have it a few times a year as a special treat. And it’s more than just the acid (it does tear my stomach up), but it’s also the caffeine I am so sensitive that a simple cup of coffee will give me crazy jitters and suppress my appetite for an entire day. I have to laugh because I can’t even taste test chocolate recipes at night. Last time I did that I was up until 2:30 in the morning with a serious caffeine buzz! Ha ha. Talk about sensitive, right! But I ADORE the smell of coffee. Once in a while I will get coffee beans and put them in glasses around the house. The smell brings back wonderful memories of my grandparents. It’s very calming to me. In college I worked at a coffee shop for a few years and loved smelling like a big giant coffee bean when I got home. Good times. Well, when I get my next cup of coffee, I am going to use your added suggestions. 🙂


  11. I would never ever be able to turn down a cup of coffee. 🙂 I just wish I could share a cuppa with you!!
    😉 M

  12. Cinnamon! What a fantastic addition! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Cindy from

  13. What a delicious way to make coffee healthier! I do like a dash of cinnamon in my coffee from time to time but I never thought about coconut milk cream – great ideas!

  14. Thanks for linking-up to 5-Ingredient Mondays Laura! I’m definitely going to show this to my partner because boy, does he ever love his coffee 🙂


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