A large majority of us require some form of caffeine to get up and going in the morning. Whether that means a straight black cup of Joe or an espresso. Coffee, while naturally stimulating, is also a metabolism-boosting beverage – so why leave it just to breakfast? There are plenty of ways to incorporate coffee into your daily recipes (healthily of course) so that you can suck the health benefits all day long.
Creativity is key when using coffee outside of the percolator. Luckily, we have a few ideas to kick start your creativity so that you can enjoy your coffee boosts whenever you please.
Coffee Rubbed Meat
Coffee is an excellent meat rub. It adds flavor, moisture and creates a great crust. Try adding Mexican flavors, such as chipotle and squeezes of lime juice for an acidic kick. To keep the fat content low, especially if you’re working with beef, stick to an extra-lean cut – or cut off the excess fat yourself first.
The Food Network has a great coffee rub recipe that includes ancho chili powder, ground espresso, Spanish paprika and more. Rub it over a boneless rib-eye and you got some serious coffee action.
Coffee Protein Smoothie
Just about anything can be turned into a delicious smoothie these days. If you’re in a rush in the morning, you can get your coffee fix as well as your breakfast by whipping up a quick protein smoothie. The goal is to keep the sugar content down – you know how quickly the sugar and calorie counts add up on smoothies.
Love and Zest has a great recipe that uses bananas, vanilla protein powder, almond milk and coffee.
Yes, you heard it correctly. You can get a hearty bowl of chili and equally enjoy a kick of espresso. This chili usually has a deeper, richer flavor and is thick. The Kitchn created a vegetarian version that includes black beans, but you can drop in a few pinto beans too if you want. The kicker is the espresso powder.
Dates are exceptionally good for you – and high in fiber too. Healthy Seasonal Recipes has a delicious gluten-free date bread that is made with brown rice flour and almond meal. It’s sweetened naturally with dates and flavored with hot coffee for an amazing flavor.
It might sound simple, but that morning bowl of oats will go a long way. All Womens Talk has a great recipe for a morning oatmeal designed for those with a sweet tooth. It includes rolled oats, sliced bananas, carob shavings and your favorite coffee to mix it all together.
See just how easy it is to add a little more coffee into your daily regimen? Don’t forget to check out our energy-boosting delicious coffee of the month club reviews right here on Revuezzle too – so you can get your gourmet fix daily without ever leaving home.