Coffee lovers, rejoice! That second or third cup of coffee may actually be helping you live a longer, healthier life.
A research paper published in the journal Circulation explains how Harvard scientists, after pulling data from 67,000 women and 40,000 men, found that three to five cups of coffee per day made people “15 percent less likely to suffer premature death.” And there’s more good news if you’re sensitive to caffeine: a decaf brew seems to work just as well as regular coffee.
So if you’ve been looking for a good reason to have that second or third cup of coffee, there’s nothing better than the “it’ll help me live longer” excuse. Just make sure to curb your intake in the late afternoon, as caffeine can have a direct impact on your sleep quality.
We often use green coffee powder in our smoothies (which is made from unroasted coffee beans) for a nice caffeinated kick, and now you can feel extra good about drinking them. Caffeine plus a longer life! Best combination ever!
Here are just a few examples:
Green Coffee with Spiced Oranges
Traditional coffee has a reputation for dehydrating skin, but its green counterpart is quite the opposite! Green coffee is made of unprocessed coffee beans. It provides a pick-me-up with tons of flavor. Produce with your coffee? Yup! Eating (in our case, drinking) fresh fruits and veggies is a guaranteed way to skin health and well-being. Cinnamon and arugula provide a nice spice flavor that blends perfectly with vitamin C-filled oranges and pears. Enjoy!
Green Coffee Kiwi Wake-Up
Good morning! Or good afternoon-slump-reviver. Coffee and kiwis? Trust us. Green coffee is the unroasted version of the coffee beans we use for our morning joe. The beans are rich in chlorogenic acid, which can aid in weight loss, and may help fight heart disease and diabetes. Tiny kiwis pack more vitamin C than oranges! Of all cruciferous vegetables, collard greens are best at helping to lower cholesterol, and pair beautifully with banana and walnuts to smooth everything out.
If you’re a fan of chai lattes, you’re going to love this! Instead of the typical spiced tea and milk drink, you’ll be getting potassium from a banana, beta-carotene, fiber and iron from spinach, and a healthy dose of natural sweetness from dates. While a lot of the weight loss hype around green coffee has been debunked (news flash: there is no miracle diet cure out there), chlorogenic acid, an active ingredient in green coffee, has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact against certain type of cancers.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
This is the week Starbucks unleashes its pumpkin spice latte on the world, and even though they’ve improved their recipe by adding real pumpkin, we’re doing it better! Start your day with Green Blender’s version of the PSL, and get all the benefits of a cup of fresh pumpkin, which is very low in calories but high in vitamin A and fiber. Green coffee powder is high in antioxidants, and may even help with weight loss. Add in a banana for potassium, and walnuts, which have been shown to fight both cancer and heart disease, and you’ve got a pumpkin spice-flavored smoothie that won’t just satisfy a craving, it’ll actually make you healthier after you drink it!
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