Being a big time caffeine junkie myself, I have come to terms with the fact that no matter what the season is, I need my coffee. Yet, you have to keep the summer in mind since the humidity pretty much ruins your mood to have almost anything hot. And then come in the cold coffees, full milk and heavy cream with sugar making you think twice. So much for just being able to enjoy your coffee while trying to beat the heat.
So here’s the deal. With inputs from a nutritionist, I have sorted out 5 recipes that will increase the possibility of having coffee without burning your system in case of hot coffee and without taking in too much of the heavy fattening stuff in case of cold coffee. In return, all you have to do is limit your caffeine intake and let me know how you find these recipes. Deal?
Cardamom or ‘Elaichi‘ as we call it is the most natural way to detox your system.Turn your coffee habit into a healthy ritual with this!What you need
: Seeds from one pod (crushed), 3/4th cup low fat milk, 3 tbsp finely ground coffee, sugar as per your taste.How to make
: Combine water and milk in a saucepan, bring it to a slight boil, Add sugar, coffee and cardamom and boil it for 3-4 minutes. Strain it and have it hot!
Skinny Peppermint Coffee:
Coffee, tea or dessert, mint goes with everything! In this case, it cuts down your calories.Stop sweating and start chilling!
P.S: You can add 2 tbsp of dark chocolate syrup and make this one mocha!What you need
: 1.5 tbsp coffee, 2-3 drops of mint extract, 1/3rd cup low fat milk, sugar to taste(preferably less, the mint will stand out then).How to make
: Brew coffee of your choice(instant or grounded) and pour it into a mug. Stir peppermint extract into the coffee. Taste and adjust to your liking, if you want more mint or more sugar. Lastly, add the milk. Stir and sip!
Vietnamese Style Coffee ( needs a coffee filter)
This one is just for fun!What you need
: 2 tbsp condensed milk, 1/8th cup ground coffee and 1 cup of almost boiling water.How to make
: Pour the condensed milk into a coffee mug. Place the coffee filter on the filter holder and pour some water just enough to dampen it a bit. Add the coffee grounds. Now place the filter holder on the top of your mug and pour the water through the coffee ground into your mug. Let it completely drip and then stir.
It’s time to get leaner with the goodness of protein in your coffee!What you need
:150 gms of low fat curd, 50 ml of low fat milk, 2 tbsp coffee, sugar as per your taste, crushed ice, 1 tbsp of soaked chia seeds.How to make:Take low fat curd, milk, coffee and sugar in a blender. Blend well till you get a smooth texture and then add crushed ice. Sprinkle chia seeds on top and there, you have yourself a happy summer in a glass!
Nutmeg Iced coffee
Nutmeg is the ideal way to stimulate your brain and relieve stress!What you need
: 1-2 tbsp instant coffee, 1 glass of cold milk, about a pinch of nutmeg(A little more if you want more flavour but be careful not to use too much), ice cubes, sugar as per taste.How to make
: Blend the coffee, milk and sugar in a blender. Add the pinch of nutmeg and blend it again. Taste and check if the nutmeg flavor is okay. If it is too strong, add about 3-4 tbsp of milk and if weak, add just a pinch more. Blend again and serve in a tall glass topped with ice cubes. You can sprinkle a little cinnamon on top too.
Quick fix bucket:
- Keep a bottle of vanilla essence in your office fridge or at home handy. Just a drop of it in your regular coffee will perk up your mood.
- Make a concentrated mixture of instant coffee, water and sugar and freeze it in the ice tray. Just add a cube or two to a regular glass of milk for a hint of coffee. It’s fun!
- Make a mix of your spices(cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom) and store it in an air tight container. Use it without much effort later on!
- You can always add a dash of cinnamon powder or a small cinnamon stick to your regular coffee and make it different yet yummy.
So here, my coffee lovers. Let’s all have fun with our coffees and not long for them or regret them. Don’t forget our deal though!
PS. The pictures are just relevant examples. Your coffee may or may not look like that depending on the variation of your ingredients and your coffee.