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Forget Cream… Try This In Your Coffee

Forget Cream… Try This In Your Coffee

Are you one of the 54% of American adults that drinks coffee every day? After years of slogging down cup after cup of joe, is your morning routine starting to become a little boring? Want to try a healthier option, or a more decadent one? Ditch the cream in your coffee and spice up your java fix with these unusual add ins.

Butter Coffee

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    As bizarre as it sounds, butter in coffee is not exactly a new concept. In Singapore, coffee beans are stir fried in butter before being strained through a filter into your mug.

    Adding a dab of butter to your morning coffee is becoming increasingly popular with adherents to the paleo diet. The butter imparts a certain silky, creaminess to your brew. The taste of butter comes through, but it balances well with the bitterness of the coffee. A plus side to this combination is that many regular drinkers of butter coffee report that drinking it makes them feel more satiated, which can be good for those on calorie restrictive diets.

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    Bulletproof Coffee

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      Deeply akin to butter coffee is the increasingly popular bulletproof coffee, which was created by Dave Asprey at the Bulletproof Executive blog.

      Asprey’s creation also calls for butter (about 2 tbs), though it stipulates that you only use unsalted, grass-fed (like Kerrygold brand). In also includes the addition of 1-2 tbs of MCT oil. MCTs are medium chain triglycerides which are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. MCT’s are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage.

      Bulletproof coffee is said to promote high energy, fat loss and brain function… all while tasting great.

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      Coffee with Condensed Milk

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        Those who have visited Vietnam are well aware of how well condensed milk pairs with java. A traditional Vietnamese iced coffee can easily contain a quarter to half cup of sweet, thick condensed milk. The combination is absolutely delicious and does the dual task of making your coffee creamy and sweet at the same time. This drink is great both hot and cold, and replacing the coffee with a hot shot of espresso is equally fantastic.

        Affogato (Espresso and Ice Cream)

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          In the mood to treat yourself to something special? Try an Affogato. The name is Italian for “drowned” and it traditionally takes the form of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or gelato) topped with a hot shot of espresso. The hot liquid melts the ice cream and leaves you with a rich, creamy drink. If the sheer deliciousness of those last two sentences isn’t readily apparent to you, then we can never be friends.

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          Some even add a shot of premium amaretto to the mix to even further improve this luxuriant beverage. Affogatos are perfect for hot summer afternoons and, when served with cookies make a perfect after dinner party dessert.

          Coffee and Cinnamon

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            Swapping out cream and sugar for cinnamon can save you about 70 calories per cup of coffee. In addition, cinnamon has numerous reported benefits, including softening sugar spikes, reducing cravings, strengthening the immune system, reducing congestion and even boosting brain function. One study even found that just a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In addition to all these benefits, cinnamon adds a delicious taste to your coffee, that is worth trying out.

             

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            Pour some new life into your morning pick me up with these delicious additions to your coffee and be sure to check out this deeper look into the wide world of brown, caffeinated goodness.

            Featured photo credit: Linh H. Nguyen via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on January 21, 2020

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

            your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

              Why You Need a Vision

              Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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              How to Create Your Life Vision

              Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

              What Do You Want?

              The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

              It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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              Some tips to guide you:

              • Remember to ask why you want certain things
              • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
              • Give yourself permission to dream.
              • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
              • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

              Some questions to start your exploration:

              • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
              • What would you like to have more of in your life?
              • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
              • What are your secret passions and dreams?
              • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
              • What do you want your relationships to be like?
              • What qualities would you like to develop?
              • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
              • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
              • What would you most like to accomplish?
              • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

              It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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              What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

              Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

              A few prompts to get you started:

              • What will you have accomplished already?
              • How will you feel about yourself?
              • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
              • What does your ideal day look like?
              • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
              • What would you be doing?
              • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
              • How are you dressed?
              • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
              • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
              • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

              It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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              Plan Backwards

              It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

              • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
              • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
              • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
              • What important actions would you have had to take?
              • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
              • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
              • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
              • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
              • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

              Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

              It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

              Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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