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dairy-free, healthy, spices, superfood elixir coffee, Superfoods, vegan - | Written by Janice Spencer

Add Some Spice to Your Coffee Life With a Superfood Elixir

Coffee pouring into coffee mugThose who love coffee know just how good it makes them feel, and it’s evident this fabulous drink can offer health benefits too. But have you ever thought of making your coffee even healthier by adding superfood ingredients, to concoct an elixir that’s nutritious and delicious, with an energising boost? A superfood elixir coffee is a great way to kick-start your day, and can be made with a selection of health promoting and mood enhancing ingredients that you may already have in your store cupboard.

Spices have traditionally been used to complement the amazing flavours of coffee, and there are a number of them that can be used in a superfood elixir coffee, providing nutrients and powerful substances to help boost immunity. Cinnamon, for instance, has high levels of antioxidants, essential minerals, and antibacterial properties. Ginger is a natural digestive and can help with inflammation. It also provides a satisfying warmth of flavour when added to coffee. Cardamom is a wonderfully aromatic spice with a citrusy flavour. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer fighting properties. Turmeric is renowned for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which are optimised when taken with a pinch of black pepper. Cayenne pepper can also be added to the mix, but should be used sparingly. It may help speed metabolism and lower cholesterol levels.

Another popular superfood choice is maca, a cruciferous vegetable grown mainly in Peru, also known as Peruvian ginseng. Its roots, used in a powdered form, are highly nutritious, and have stress-relieving and energising properties. And now we come to chocolate, which has long been a popular accompaniment to coffee. Dark chocolate is known to help lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The addition of cacao, or unsweetened cocoa powder to your coffee can provide a boost of antioxidants and minerals, including calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium. Maple syrup can also be added as a natural sweetener, and contains zinc, iron, and antioxidants.

The above are just some examples of ingredients that may be used for a superfood elixir coffee, but there are others. Matcha, moringa powder, unsalted grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, and even powdered collagen are ingredients used by some, but these choices may not necessarily be to everyone’s taste. It’s best to experiment yourself to create a mix that works for you. You could try combining some, or all, of these options in a coffee mug:

1 teaspoon raw maca powder

1 teaspoon raw cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

A tiny pinch of black pepper

A tiny pinch of cayenne pepper

2 drops of vanilla extract

Mix the ingredients in the mug, then fill with hot, freshly brewed coffee and stir well. If you usually drink your coffee with milk, there are dairy-free and vegan alternatives to try, such as rice, almond, cashew, and coconut milks, that can be whisked in to top up the nutrient content and add a hint of natural sweetness.

Alternatively, ground spices can be brewed along with your ground coffee.