While you might be accustomed to drinking a cup of coffee for breakfast, there are other, healthier ways to kick start your morning.
Black Coffee and Buttered Coffee
This is not to say that coffee is in and of itself bad. There are some people especially those that are super concerned about an alkaline/acid diet, who believe that coffee should be reduced from the diet, but as long as you don’t drink too much, it should not be an issue. The main problem with coffee is that people overload it with sugars, creams, and flavorings. Plain coffee actually has some really nice positive health benefits, ranging from protecting your body from liver cancer to decreasing the likelihood that you will develop age related illnesses such as Alzheimers and dementia. In fact there is a particular health movement that has coffee as a central part of the plan. These folks espouse something called butter coffee or bullet coffee. It’s a mixture of organic black coffee, coconut oil (or some other MCT oil) and grass fed butter. They use a special blender for butterd coffee. The blender is used to mix up the butter and coffee and coconut oil and create a frothy whipped drink that is much healthier than the stuff you get at StarBucks or some other place.
Morning Green Juice With Beets
You should not choose a fruit heavy juice, fruit is great for you, but it is something you don’t want to concentrate. A fruit juice is too much sugar for your morning. It will spike your energy for a while, but it’s not what you want. The best type of juice is going to be mostly greens, with some fruit added and beets. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are superfoods. They alkalize the body, provide you with enormous amounts of antioxidants and other nutrients. You should add a green apple, or a organic lemon when juicing leafy greens because it improves the flavor and taste. The lemon also helps to alkalize your body, which is fantastic because an alkalized body is linked to less disease. Finally, you might want to add a nice organic beet because beets have been shown to have tons of healthy benefits. They have a rich red color, and as you know from food chemistry, the red, yellows, and orange colored foods are rich in super nutrients. A beet added to your green juice is also fantastic if you plan on exercising in the morning because beet juice has been found to be helpful when you are exercising. Even if you are not planning on exercising, then you might be interested in adding beet juice to your green drink. In fact, one study from University Park found that while there was not a huge degree in vascular dilatation during exercise (which might have been because the subjected were healthy young athletes) there was a good benefit for resting conditions.
If you plan on bring the juice to work, then you should either get glass bottles or a stainless steel container. You don’t want to store your juice in plastic. Even if you get a BPA free container, its better to get glass or steel. Plastic will hold flavors more than glass, so it is not as simple to clean out. I have a write up on how to store fresh green juice here.