Oh no, I ate too much! Don't guilt, instead have reset coffee for breakfast.
Reset Breakfast Coffee to the Rescue!
When I begin my day thinking, "Oh no, why oh why did I eat all that food yesterday! What was I thinking?", I have a glass of water followed by my Reset Breakfast Coffee. Guilt causes stress which causes weight gain. I want to let all those calories go, not keep them around my middle.
If I was really off track with my normal eating plan, I might have this coffee two days in a row. Why? Because it’s a healthy way to reset my body quickly.
I’m all about mixing up the types of food I eat at any meal or snack to avoid getting into an eating rut, which I’m prone to do, and to make sure I eat a variety of nutritious foods. That’s one of the reasons I don’t have this coffee every day.
The other reason I don’t just drink it daily is after several days my stomach begins protesting starting my day with only acid coffee. Keeping my stomach happy is right up there on my list of important things to do.
What Makes Reset Breakfast Coffee for Special?
You’ve probably seen more coffee recipes than you can count. I know I have. Reset Breakfast Coffee is significantly different than most because of the unique ingredients it contains. I believe those ingredients make a huge difference.
Remember, I’m drinking this specific coffee recipe to reset my weight in a healthy way. All the ingredients need to be good for me individually and combined.
Decaffeinated Coffee Instead
Begin with swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee which is 99.9% caffeine free. Simply, swiss water process means the coffee beans receive a water bath to remove water soluble caffeine. If you’re drinking a decaffeinated coffee that isn’t Swiss water processed, then solvents have been used to remove the caffeine. Even if the coffee label states it’s “naturally decaffeinated” that doesn’t mean a solvent wasn’t used to remove the caffeine, unfortunately. Even if I didn’t have a health objection to the use of solvents on my organic coffee, I’d still prefer Swiss water processed coffee because it tastes better to me than solvent processed decaffeinated coffee.
But why drink decaffeinated coffee at all? I use decaffeinated coffee in this recipe because my next meal of the day will be my Cherry-Berry Bliss Smoothie. Because I use 1/2 tablespoon to one tablespoon of matcha in that smoothie, I’m getting the caffeine equivalent of one cup of coffee. Although with matcha, the caffeine is released much more slowly than with caffeinated coffee.
I try not to have very much caffeine in any given week, so I don’t want to have the equivalent of two cups of coffee a day by having regular coffee followed by my matcha smoothie.
If you really need that wake-me-up caffeine first thing in the morning, and can’t make it through your morning without it, then go for it. Too much caffeine isn’t good for the adrenal glands, especially in our stress filled lifestyles, but I believe it’s far more important to eat nutritiously overall than it is to try to control every variable of an eating plan.
I use Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee as a tasty carrier for the other ingredients in this recipe. Each of those ingredients serves a purpose, and that purpose is to help my body burn the extra fuel I ate the day before instead of keeping it as fat.
Coffee: Kicking Horse Coffee, Decaf, Dark, Swiss Water Process, Organic
I’ve tried many different types of decaffeinated coffee. This is the only decaffeinated coffee I’ve found that tastes like real coffee, and not some watered-down version of coffee. It also doesn’t taste burnt even though it’s a dark roast.
I’ve already explained why I use decaffeinated coffee in this recipe. Why organic? In my opinion, coffee should be on the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that should always be organic.
I’ve seen coffee grown in Hawaii. The amount of herbicides used to kill weeds around the coffee plants, which are small shrubs, is mind boggling. Add in the pesticides used to kill all the insects that like to eat coffee beans, and you’ve got an herbicide / insecticide laced beverage.
As an added bonus, Kicking Horse coffee is also Fair Trade. Fair Trade means the workers who grow the coffee in Central and South America are paid a fair wage and treated well, among other things.
If you insist on regular coffee, then the same company that makes the decaf coffee I like also makes a very good regular organic coffee. This is the coffee my partner Beck prefers. It’s Kicking Horse Coffee, Three Sisters, medium. Everybody who has tried this coffee at our house when Beck makes it loves it. As a bonus, it’s also Fair Trade.
Beck and I grind the coffee beans ourselves in small batches that we'll use within several days to get the best coffee taste. I purchase this coffee from Vitacost at a very reasonable price. If you're not into grinding coffee beans, Vitacost usually has this brand of have already ground coffee also available.
Collagen Ups the Protein and Curbs Hunger
I include collagen in this drink because the added protein from collagen helps keep me from getting hungry until later in the day. Collagen is better for me than whey, which is my other protein choice for reset breakfast coffee. Plus, the collagen has no taste and doesn’t require any blending other than stirring with a spoon.
Collagen: Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein
Ancient Nutrition brand is expensive, but it only contains egg and Pollock (fish). (You can't taste either.) You can use this brand on a pescatarian diet, which is how I mainly eat. Plus, it contains Type I, II, III, V, and X collagen. Different types of collagen do different things in the body, so having more types is better.
You can substitute a different type of collagen if you have it on hand. However, chances are good you’ll only be getting Type I and III collagen from another brand because those are the most frequently used. Also, your other collagen will more than likely be derived from cows. If you’re a meat-eater, then that wouldn’t be a consideration. Otherwise, be aware unless you purposely choose a collagen made from fish and eggs, then you’re eating cow. (There isn’t currently a completely vegetarian form of collagen available.)
Make It Vegetarian
If you want a vegetarian option for this recipe, then use whey. Whey has an added benefit of making the coffee taste more like milk or cream has been added. However, if you use whey, you’ll have to use a blender as most forms of whey will not just stir in.
I purchase the Nuts.com brand whey. I've found it to be high quality with a reasonable cost.
If you like milk or cream in your coffee, then the whey is a good substitute. With milk, you would be getting carbs and very little protein. With cream, you'd be getting fat with very little protein. Whey on the other hand is almost all protein.
Fat Burning Energy Kick
I use Nutiva Organic MCT Oil, unflavored. I like this brand because it doesn't have any flavor, is organic, non-GMO, produced without using hexane, and is non-hydrogenated.
Since I'm having it first thing in the morning, I don't need large quantities to get a synergistic fat burning effect. One teaspoon is plenty. How can I tell? Because I have a fairly slow metabolism. When I overeat, I can add in enough calories to gain a pound easily. When I follow my overeating with Reset Breakfast Coffee the next morning, I don't gain weight.
D-ribose powder provides five carbohydrates and subtly improves my energy level. It also lends a slightly sweet taste to this coffee.
D-ribose is a sugar the human body uses to manufacture adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP fuels our cells and therefore our bodies. D-ribose supplementation seems to help when there is a breakdown of energy production at the cellular level.
I use it daily because I can tell a difference in my energy levels when I don't take it for several weeks. I purchase the Vitacost brand of d-ribose from their site.
If you don't have d-ribose on hand, then you can use monk fruit powder or another natural sweetener. You won't get the energizing effect of d-ribose, but the monk fruit will provide additional antioxidants. For more information about monk fruit powder, see my post For the Love of Sugar: Addiction and Natural Substitutes.
Optional Add-Ins for Creaminess and Extra Sweetness
I like to add lecithin for extra creaminess. In my experience, lecithin doesn't mix in well. You'll need to blend the lecithin in, so if you use it, blending is a must.
Vanilla adds a subtle flavor and depth to the coffee without adding additional carbs or fat.
Easy Keto Option
If you're on the keto diet, and want to change the recipe for keto, just up the MCT oil to one tablespoon and decrease or omit the d-ribose. Since d-ribose adds five grams of carbohydrates, and keto is a super low carbohydrate diet, you probably won't want the potential energy boost of d-ribose at the cost of five grams of carbs.
Reset Breakfast Coffee
- Coffee Maker
- 2 tbsp ground Kicking Horse decaffeinated or regular coffee
- 12-16 oz purified water
- 2 scoops collagen or whey 1 1/2 tbsp per scoop
- 1 tsp d-ribose
- 1 tsp MCT oil or organic cream
- 1/2 tsp lecithin to make it creamier if you use the blender
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Monk fruit powder to taste if you want it sweeter
- Make the coffee per your coffee maker instructions using ground coffee and water. (This is a weak to standard strength coffee. If you prefer your coffee strong, either use more coffee or less water.)
- If you're using the whey and / or lecithin option, add the coffee and all the other ingredients, including any optional ingredients you choose, to a blender. (Lecithin and whey don't mix well enough to stir in. Especially for a creamy effect.) Blend and enjoy.
- If you're not using lecithin and whey, you can just add all the ingredients to a cup and stir.
Nutrition*: Total Fat: 5.2g, Total Carbohydrates: 5.3g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 18.3g
*For single serving with standard choices of coffee, d-ribose, MCT oil and collagen plus all optional add-ins.