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As a mom, ambitious career woman, and health-focused individual, how I start my day determines how I’ll feel by the end of it. A healthy breakfast is super important, plus vitamins and that much needed boost from my morning cup of coffee (with my favorite homemade coconut milk coffee creamer). But if I’m being honest, my vitamin taking success rate lately has been sub 50%, and on the days I don’t take them, I feel winded by early afternoon with a whole lot of doing left before the day is done.
I was reading an article recently that mentioned almost half the population suffers from low levels of vitamins B12 and D, key vitamins that help make our DNA, red blood cells, and helps absorb calcium to keep our bones strong. 25 percent of the population suffers from low levels of vitamin B6 – the regulator of our metabolic processes — and this figure climbs to a whopping 75 percent for women taking birth control pills.
Ok. So I need to make a bigger effort to follow through on my vitamin taking, but was there an alternative option that made it easier to get my vitamins in the morning?
The answer is….VitaCup — single-serving, K-Cup®-style (aka compatible with our new Keurig) coffee and tea pods infused with essential vitamins. VitaCup maximizes the benefits of coffee and tea by incorporating vitamins that are key to optimal body function, help prevent fatigue, boost immunity, and speed up metabolism.
VitaCup pods feature coffee from Fair Trade sources in South and Central America. Each roast — French Roast, French Vanilla and Green Tea — includes the brand’s signature vitamin blend of B1, B5, B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, D3, and antioxidants. The Green Tea adds a powerful combination of Matcha and Moringa to the mix.
One major concern we had when purchasing our Keurig was the wastage and environmental effect of single serving pods. But those fears were quickly dismissed since VitaCup pods are fully recyclable and produced in a LEED-certified facility.
As for how we like to enjoy our VitaCup coffee, the hubs prefers his black, but i still love mine occasionally with cream and a dash of cinnamon. But since ⅔ of my household is lactose intolerant, i try to choose dairy free options, but almond and soy milk aren’t creamy enough for me.
Then I discovered coconut milk.
Full fat coconut milk is super creamy — the perfect consistency for coffee or tea. And for my wellness friends, full fat coconut milk contains lauric acid — the healthy medium chain fats that are in coconut oil that is easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. Unlike other saturated fats, coconut milk can help lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Here is my current go to homemade coconut milk coffee creamer recipe that includes coconut milk, madagascar vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon. It’s super easy to make and tastes like heaven.
Homemade Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer Recipe
1 13.5 oz Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Madagascar Vanilla Extract
Natural Sweetener – dates, maple syrup, agave syrup, honey
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
In a small bowl, pour can of coconut milk, vanilla extract, natural sweetener, and cinnamon and whisk until fully blended together.
Pour coconut milk coffee creamer mixture into glass jar (I love these vintage inspired milk jars with a plastic storage lid, but mason jars are awesome too) and keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Shake the coconut creamer bottle well before pouring desired amount into the coffee cup.