Love it, Like it, Hate it: Coffee Boosts & Busts!

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It doesn’t have to be just a morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up – we can actually make our coffee work for us nutritionally, as well!  In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on her top Coffee Boosts, and which Coffee Busts to steer clear of!




Protein powder | 100 calories, 17-20 grams protein, 0 sugar per scoop (varies by brand)

Ready-to-drink protein drink | 130 calories, 20 grams protein, 3 grams sugar per bottle (lactose-free)

  • Essentially the same as protein powder, just one step easier to add into coffee
  • ICONIC, developed in NOLA: protein-rich, low in sugar, no artificial sweeteners, lactose-free

Collagen | 35 calories, 10 grams collagen protein, 0 sugar per scoop (varies slightly by brand)

  • Collagen has potential to benefit joints, skin, and GI system, and keeps us feeling fuller, longer.
  • Add 10 grams collagen to coffee; most brands dissolve easily in hot or iced coffee.
  • Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – one of Molly’s favorites, available in plain, also Dark Chocolate Blackberry



Popular especially for keto diets & intermittent fasting. Curbs cravings, fuels without inflammatory sugars.

Coconut oil | 130 calories, 14 grams fat, 0 protein, 0 carb per tablespoon .

MCT Oil | 70 calories, 7 grams fat, 0 protein, 0 carb per tablespoon of tera’s MCT Coconut Splash

  • MCT (medium chain triglyceride) fats are rapidly metabolized, more easily burned as energy and less likely to be stored as fat. May increase metabolism slightly, and help us feel full faster.
  • Tera’s MCT Coconut Splash: like sweetened condensed milk with bourbon vanilla, available online.




These coffee add-ins are “fine” but they really don’t add anything significant to the nutritional benefits of our coffee

Half & Half + Unsweetened Coffee Creamers




Anything sugary & syrupy.  To be clear, we’re not talking about just a tiny sprinkle of real sugar – while that’s not idea, it’s not a nutritional disaster.

Flavored Creamers | 30 calories, 5 grams sugar in every tablespoon

Sugary Syrups & Sauces | as much as 140 calories and 22 grams sugar per two-tablespoon serving

Check labels closely | read the fine print

  • Even wholesome brands like So Delicious have flavored versions with 4 grams sugar in every tablespoon
  • “Sugar free” products like Nestle Sugar Free Nestle Coffee Mate are made with corn syrup or corn syrup solids, plus multiple artificial sweeteners like sucralose and acesulfame potassium




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