There have been several articles on the internet in recent weeks related to the health benefits of coffee. I love coffee with flavored creams and oils just as much as the next overworked and under rested mom. But I refuse to let this new finding cause me to sabotage my savings goal at the local Starbucks.
My coffee pot and grocery store creamer have been doing just fine for the past few years. There is no reason to trade in my frugal home perked coffee for the venti espresso with a double shot of hazelnut. I’d rather deposit that five bucks into my savings account and reap the benefits of compound interest.
Back to the health benefits of coffee…things you do while enjoying a cup of home perked coffee could compound the good health benefits:
- Breathe deeply while inhaling that rich and robust aroma – then exhale slowly concentrating on that pleasant aroma. Repeat ten times and notice how the stress and tension melt away from your neck and shoulders.
- Brew enough for two and invite a friend to share a cup of Joe with you. Keeping your relationships strong with frequent visits has positive health benefits too.
- Wake up ten minutes early and enjoy a cup of coffee while you jot down your to-do list for the day. Those ten little minutes of “you time” can reduce your stress and the list of priorities gives you a sense of accomplishment before you even get out of your PJs.
- The health of your plants can improve from coffee brewed at home. Scatter the used coffee grounds around the plant. The coffee is a great natural fertilizer without the less than pleasant aroma of most fertilizers and the grounds tend to hold moisture around the plants longer than just dirt.
If you are getting bored with the same old coffee routine at home, spice it up! Variety is the spice of life (or so I’ve heard). CoffeeMate and International Delight often place coupons in the Sunday newspaper. Clip a coupon and head to the dairy section of your grocery store in search of a new flavored creamer or try one of these home-made concoctions:
Melt 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate into a sauce pan and stir in one tablespoon of light cream. Slowly add a half-cup of coffee and whip until frothy, then let settle. Sprinkle cinnamon and cocoa on top – YUM.
- 1 cup chilled brewed coffee (use a rich, dark roast)
- 2 rounded tablespoons extra-fine sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups ice
Combine the coffee, sugar, cream, vanilla and ice in a blender. Blend until creamy.
Makes 2 servings for large cups or coffee mugs.
If you have any other favorite coffee ideas, leave a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.