8 Coffee Hacks You Need to Try

Discover new healthy ways to perk up your cup of coffee.

8 Coffee Hacks You Need to Try

Are you ready to jazz up your daily coffee? Chef Dan Souza has come up with the best add-ins to breathe new life into your caffeine fix without having to consume too many calories. Whether you want to make your coffee sweeter, less bitter, or creamier, check out these tips to learn something new and transform your caffeine routine.

Watch: How to Cut Calories in Your Coffee


Mineral Water

If you want to add creaminess to your coffee without having to rely on caloric creamers full of artificial flavors, you can try mineral water. Many may not know that mineral water is rich in calcium, thanks to the lactate component, which gives the illusion of creaminess for zero calories.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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