Black coffee will not only give you the energy you need to start your morning, but it will also speed up your metabolism. However, if you are not a fan of black coffee there are some ways to make it more palatable and add to coffee’s fat-melting properties.
Besides being a popular spice during the holidays, cinnamon is an antioxidant powerhouse. A study shows that consuming a half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels by slowing the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal. This means you won’t have sharp rises and falls in blood sugar levels, which leads you to eat more. Plus, it’s delicious and can help you kick the cream and sugar habit in your coffee.
Putting chocolate in your coffee is a good thing—well, not a chocolate candy bar. Unsweetened chocolate features anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that can help balance cholesterol and help manage blood sugar. Adding a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa to your coffee will help curb cravings while making your coffee taste great.
Cardamom features a rich, warm taste that pairs well with coffee. Although it possesses a whole host of health benefits, cardamom works indirectly to help you shed weight. It improves digestion, helps maintain blood sugar levels and makes your coffee tastes great—bye, bye sugar and cream.
It may sound odd to mix cayenne peppers and coffee, but the flavor blend actually goes well together. Cayenne pepper helps to curb your appetite, speed up your metabolism, and burn calories. Like other chili peppers, cayenne contains capsaicin, which is a thermogenic chemical. A thermogenic chemical helps to speed up metabolism and decrease your appetite. All you need is a small dash in your morning cup of joe to get the job done.