Yup, you’ve guessed, I LOVE coffee.
My love affair with the caffeinated goddess started about 20 years ago, back when the cool kids at work still got smoke breaks. It looked so fun to stand on the loading dock of the hotel and shoot the breeze, luckily I hated smoking so I took up coffee. I have no regrets. Coffee started as a way to partake in the restaurant crew’s gossip but over time it took on many other roles. Friend, chocolate substitute, weight loss partner, even the occasional substitute for a cocktail. Is it too much to say coffee saved me? Maybe not. I attribute a large part of my success to coffee, and for that, I shall remain forever loyal.
These days I prefer my cup of joe with a scoop of Laird’s Superfood Creamer, but I also love it with cream and a dash of cinnamon, or a splash of Bailey’s. By now you’ve realized there’s more to my romance than meets the eye. It’s my go to, my “instead of”, let’s say it often replaces my bad habits. Here are 5 Java super powers:
1) Busy hands. Keeping those hands busy sipping coffee is a speed bump for the bread basket, appetizer tray, or that dreaded communal dessert in the center of the restaurant table.
2) It’s kryptonite for chocolate. Whether craving chocolate or trying to avoid dessert, a good cup of coffee it just the trick for zapping that pesky urge to partake. Stress also cues a desire for chocolate. Research suggests that the smell alone of coffee can bring down stress levels. Next time you’re seeking out chocolate gratification grab the hot stuff instead.
3) The aroma is amazing! It’ often said “we eat with our eyes” and that is true. We also make powerful associations with food based on scents. As you enter the bakery the first punch of “dive into the cupcake” is delivered to the brain thanks to smelling receptors in the nose. To hack those aroma receptors grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a big whiff.
4) It’s a chameleon. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, a splash of cream, or a drop of vanilla or rum extract. For Vanilla Coffee scrape a vanilla pod into your beans and let them sit overnight. Tomorrow morning enjoy delightful breakfast brew.
5) Happy beans. Coffee is an abundant source of antioxidants. Research suggests that these superheroes help wards off depression. A study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink it were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never sipped the brew.