I like most Americans am slightly addicted to coffee. I know for me it’s about 99% ritual, and 1 % caffeine. I have tried my best to upgrade my coffee to herbal tea, or even green tea, but to be totally transparent and honest- they are just NOT the same. And… most of my clients admit to this same addiction that entails stumbling to the coffee pot each morning before getting the day started.  I have recently been experimenting with my morning coffee, and just discovered the absolutely best latte I have ever tasted…
Intead of adding cream, sugar, and other chemical laden add-ins, here is what I suggest.

12 oz fresh pressed ( I love the aero-press) organic coffee

In a nespresso milk frothed, I add the following:
2 T raw whole milk
1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter (I use Kerry Gold)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil or MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil
1 tablespoon beef collagen
1 tsp raw organic honey

Top with 1 dash of cinnamon (which will help stabilize blood sugar) and 1 dash of cardamom (which helps mitigate the acidic effects of coffee.)

You can simply stir the ingredients all together if you don’t have the magic milk frothed, or you can also use a magic bullet or blender. The result is a perfectly creamy, frothed drink.

This method is a better alternative, not only because are you avoiding processed, refined products, but you are giving your body a boost of healthy fats that many of us lack for proper nutrition. Grass fed butter, and MCT oil will give your mind and body a refreshing surge of energy, and regular intake along with a proper diet will help provide a solid foundation for a healthy life. It will also help to stabalize the stress response in the body, giving your adrenals a little buffer from the caffeine.
Just as the quality of healthy fats is important (grass-fed butter versus generic), so is the quality of your coffee. What matters the most is that you are using a high quality, organic coffee that you trust, and you will be able to maximize the benefits of coffee.
Here are my favorite health benefits from coffee- so enjoy your morning ritual and drink up!

1. Boosts your mood and mental function
Improves and supports energy levels
Improves and supports mental clarity and alertness
Improves and supports mood
Lowers risk of depression

2. Boosts physical energy and performance
Improves and supports energy levels
Speeds up metabolism
A cup of coffee before a workout increases fat burn

3. Rich in antioxidants and a source of essential nutrients
A source of:
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
Manganese and Potassium
Magnesium and Niacin (B3)

4. Studies have shown that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans

5. Reduces risk of disease and cancer
Reduces risk of:
Liver disease
Type 2 diabetes
Liver cancer
Colorectal cancer