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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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