Can You Drink Coffee on the Keto Diet?
It’s that time of year. The holidays are over, the long, frigid winter is upon us, and we have nothing else to do but drink our favorite cup of joe while obsessing about fitting into those bikinis and swim trunks when we are finally able to hang poolside again. Changing our food habits or starting a new diet to lose weight or improve overall health is challenging, to say the least. From cutting out certain foods to upping our intake of other foods, it takes A LOT of dedication and self-control (mad props to those out there who do this).
One of the more popular diets out there is the keto diet, which consists of a low-carb, high-fat diet without sugar, grains and carbs. That requires avoiding most of what you love like breads, pastas, potatoes, anything sweet in general—just to name a few. Some people can handle the task of high-fat food intake with relative ease, but then they make the mistake of reaching for drinks that are high in carbs, like milk, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Since that's a pretty restrictive list, we want to squash any anxiety you might have related to our favorite beverage—life's high-octane rocket fuel—coffee. Is black coffee keto?
Whether you're an avid coffee drinker or not, you know that coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant that triggers burning fat, which is a good thing. However, it also encourages the body to burn carbs and sugars rather than fat and ketones, which seems like it would work against the keto diet concept. And let’s face it—giving up coffee cold turkey is no easy task. It comes with caffeine withdrawal symptoms, headaches and more.
But for those switching to the keto diet, there's great news—mugs up! Keep drinking Death Wish Coffee. You don't have to give it up at all. If you're a cream and sugar person, of course, you need to make some necessary changes.
6 Ways to Enjoy Coffee on the Keto Diet
1. Black Coffee
Black coffee on its own is two calories. Drinking black coffee will keep you focused, alert and comes with a ton of health benefits.
2. Coffee with Heavy Cream
This is different than half-and-half. Adding two tablespoons of heavy cream can substitute for coffee creamer for those who can't live without it. Two tablespoons of heavy cream will provide 0-2 grams of carbs, making it an ideal option for the keto diet. You can sweeten it up with some sugar-free sweetener.
3. Coffee with Grass-Fed Butter
Adding some grass-fed butter to your coffee will give you more energy, focus and brain power. Adding grass-fed butter makes it a healthy alternative to breakfast foods, too.
4. Coffee with MCT Oil
MCT oil is clear, odorless and flavorless, so if you add it into your coffee, it doesn't add any extra flavor. When you mix MCT oil into your coffee, it's been shown to increase your metabolic rate, suppress appetite, burn calories and enhance endurance during exercise. All you have to do is add a tablespoon!
Reaper's Pro Tip: Combine both grass-fed butter and MCT oil to get bulletproof coffee.
5. Coffee with Keto Coffee Creamer
There are a number of different Keto coffee creamers on the market that are low carb and tasty. Creamers made from almond, oat and coconut milk are incredible alternatives to dairy creamers—that often come with a side of bloating.
6. Coffee with Sugar-Free Sweeteners
Sugar-free sweeteners, like erythritol and stevia, are plant-based sweeteners with practically zero calories, which is perfect for the keto diet.
Coffee and keto can go hand in hand. The caffeine in coffee can help you transition at the beginning of a keto diet. Add that to caffeine’s ability to curb your appetite during metabolic ketosis (keto’s appetite suppression) when you want to reach for foods that will send you spiraling in the wrong direction.
So keep on chugging—quite literally! If you love your daily dose of the elixir of life and need your morning (afternoon or evening) jolt, just be sure to drink the healthiest version possible. That means black and sugar-free coffee, organic and freshly ground vs. instant—all the qualities Death Wish Coffee has to offer. Mugs up!
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