Sure, you have to replace half and half with heavy cream. And you have to replace sugar with a sugar-free keto sweetener. But knowing you can still jumpstart your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee certainly makes the keto diet that much more sustainable.
Black coffee, Bulletproof coffee, and coffee with heavy cream aren't the only ways to enjoy your daily cup of joe, though. Let’s count all the ways we can enjoy coffee while staying in ketosis, shall we?
But first, let's go over why drinking coffee is beneficial to your health.
The Top 3 Health Benefits of Coffee on Keto
#1. Boost Your Mental FocusWhen it comes to the health benefits of coffee, increased mental focus almost goes without saying.
Caffeine in coffee is transmitted through the bloodstream to the brain, where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine, leading to increased firing of neurons.
This causes all sorts of mental benefits, including greater energy, improved memory, and faster reaction times .
#2. Decrease Muscle PainCoffee is often thought of as a pre- rather than a post-workout drink, but one study found coffee can lower post-workout muscle pain by 48% .
The study was tested on people with a low regular caffeine intake, so the effects might be less substantial for daily coffee drinkers. But we’ll never say no to less muscle pain, or an excuse to drink another cup of coffee.
#3. Protect Against DiseaseDrinking two or more cups of coffee a day can lower the mortality risk of liver cirrhosis by 66% .
Coffee consumption has also been linked with a decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes. This is due to the minerals and antioxidants in coffee (rather than caffeine), so the benefit extends to decaf coffee too . Finally, there’s evidence suggesting caffeine protects against Alzheimer’s disease  and Parkinson’s disease .
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Is Coffee Keto-Friendly?Yes! Thankfully, coffee is 100% keto friendly and has 0g of carbs (net or otherwise).
If that's not the best news you've heard all day, then you're having a great day.
In addition to being keto, coffee has zero calories per cup, so it's also great for those who still want the benefits without breaking their fast during intermittent fasting.
5 Keto-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Coffee
#1: Black CoffeeBrew and pour into a mug. Done.
#2: Keto Bulletproof CoffeeIf you've followed a keto diet for even a just a short time, you've heard of "bulletproof" coffee or fat coffee.
Boosted coffee is another name for it. This is the fat-fueled coffee trend created by biohackers and entrepreneurs to provide productivity and energy benefits while allowing them to stick to a 16/8 intermittent fasting schedule.
It’s a delicious and satiating way to kickstart your morning while providing fuel for your morning.
#3: Creamy Keto CoffeeCreamy coffee is delicious and satiating.
You can use as much heavy cream as you’d like (in place of half and half). If you want to sweeten it up, add in a non-sugar sweetener, such as Stevia, Splenda, or KetoLogic's own natural sweetener.
If you don't do dairy or prefer a lower-calorie option, try a nut milk like unsweetened almond milk.
#4: Meal Replacement CoffeeDon't have time to make breakfast every morning? Meal prep and cooking is one of the biggest complaints about keto. It doesn't have to be this way, and you can start with turning your morning coffee into a keto meal replacement.
Most people mix them with water or almond milk but coffee is probably the third most popular option. Keto Meal Replacement shakes are anchored with MCT oil powder so they can boost your ketones and enhance weight loss when consumed in place of breakfast as part of our KETO 30 Challenge.
#5: Ketogenic Coffee with MCTs or ButterMCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. They're quickly absorbed by the body and used for energy and considered the ultimate keto fat because MCTs are bypass the digestive system and being transported directly to the liver to produce ketones.
You only need a tablespoon of MCT oil mixed into your morning cup of joe to rev up your engine for the day and stay satiated until lunch.
MCT oil is also popular because it can boost your metabolism and enhance weight loss, improve gut health, and minimize inflammation. Since MCTs do bypass the digestive system, if you've never used them before, start slow. Use 1/3 of a tbsp and work your way up to a full tbsp over the course of a few days.
If you have enough MCTs in your diet, you can add grass-fed butter into it instead. To your coffee, add:
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (organic, high-quality grass-fed butter is best)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil like FBOMB Premium Coconut Oil
- A pinch of cinnamon
From a nutritional standpoint, grass-fed butter contains nearly five times more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) than butter from grain-fed cows. CLA is a naturally occurring type of omega-6 fatty acid that has been scientifically shown to break down fat and enhance weight loss. CLA is found in beef, whole milk, eggs, butter, yogurt, and cheese.
Want keto-friendly breakfast recipes? Check out our Easy Keto Breakfast Ideas.
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