Today is National Cappuccino Day so I thought I should blog a tasty dairy free keto cappuccino recipe for this fun food holiday!
When I was in high school I worked at the cutest coffee shop in Medford, Wisconsin called Uncommon Ground. I would get there early in the morning before school to make muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and I drank way too many cappuccinos that were not keto! I loved waking up early to bake and greet all the locals starting their day.
I get asked a lot about coffee. I no longer drink caffeine for many reasons. Caffeine impacts blood sugar and will further cause issues with PCOS, adrenal fatigue and of course if you have poor sleep, caffeine should be eliminated. The main thing to think about is that coffee is a very heavy, pesticide-sprayed product. Choose organic first. When purchasing decaf espresso, make sure it is also decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process (which most espresso is, as compared to decaf coffee which is typically a process using methylene chloride).
Espresso in general has less caffeine than coffee does — making it decaf ensures that you don’t dehydrate your cells further. Coffee, espresso, and tea are diuretics that will cause cramping and dehydration. Hydration is important to pay attention to when starting off a keto-adapted low-carb diet because excess ketones are released through the kidneys along with a lot of liquid. This is one reason why “low-carbers” will complain of headaches and low energy at first: their diet isn’t a “well-formulated” program. You need to intentionally increase your liquids to at least half your body weight in ounces, and increase your sodium intake as well. You should be taking more than that at first, but once you are well into your keto-adapted state, you should aim for that amount.
Hydration has a lipolytic, or fat-burning, effect. Research clearly demonstrates that dieters who consume a lot of water have increased lipolysis. When you drink water, especially ice-cold water, your body burns calories in order to bring the water to body temperature, but that increase doesn’t amount to all that much. Your blood also dilutes for a bit until the water equilibrates with the fluid in all the tissues, an effect that takes some time. When the blood is diluted, the amount of various substances traveling in the bloodstream decreases, which means that insulin levels fall. Blood volume is about 5 L. If you drink a liter of water, this will momentarily increase the blood volume by about 20%, and therefore cause the concentration of insulin and other molecules in the blood to fall by 20%. A 20% drop in insulin levels allows fat to release from the fat cells and enables transit into the mitochondria for burning.
HEALTH TIP: If you switch from coffee to Teecino, which is becoming quite popular, it is important to note that Teecino has 10 parts/million gluten… yep, gluten.
If you would like to celebrate National Cappuccino Day, you must try this dairy free keto cappuccino recipe. The chocolate stevia adds just the perfect touch!
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or hemp milk if nut free)
- 1 shot decaf espresso (or strong brewed decaf coffee)
- Optional: few drops chocolate or vanilla liquid stevia
- Heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium high heat (or in a microwave) until heated to your liking. Make a shot of decaf espresso and place into a cute cup. Pour in the almond milk and top with foam. Stir in stevia if desired. Enjoy!
10 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 0.25g carbs
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