Before I started Whole 30, I read a lot of negativity on giving up certain foods and drinks. It made me question whether I was strong enough to conquer my cravings and complete this challenge. Not drinking has been pretty simple since I haven’t gone out much. I’ve committed to being a homebody for the majority of this challenge, and I am fine with that.
But, coffee? I can’t give that up. I don’t want to give it up. Luckily the creators of Whole 9 Life don’t think you have to. You just have to change how you drink it.
“Yes, you can have your coffee. You’re welcome. You can drink it black, add compliant coconut milk or home-made almond milk, or add cinnamon or vanilla beans to the brew. But remember, Whole30 guidelines exclude milk, cream, non-compliant milk substitutes, and added sweeteners—including stevia.” So, yes, Whole 30 coffee is allowed!
I’m the kind of person who orders White Chocolate Mochas at Starbucks, I take my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee with extra cream and sugar (the REAL stuff, no artificial sweeteners here), and I never drink hot coffee. Never ever. Not even in the middle of a Florida winter and my hands are freezing.
I’ve been asked multiple times if my coffee is really chocolate milk or perhaps a White Russian. While both of those are tasty, they aren’t exactly things I would bring to the office to sip on.
I found a few articles about Coconut Milk as a coffee sweetener, and I knew that I needed to try it. I wanted to see if I could make a blend that would be Whole 30 compliant and delicious.
First up, selecting the right kind of coffee. I needed something light and flavorful, so I tried The Coffee Bean’s Mocha Java. I purchased a coffee bean grinder, and I started using my new Iced Coffee Maker.
I have also learned that it really is dependent on the kind of coffee you brew. I tried coconut milk in a Breakfast Blend, and it tasted awful.
I re-ordered my Mocha Java beans, because I just can’t complete the Whole 30 without them! ;) I enjoy my morning coffee, and I am happy I do not have to give it up.
You can read more about the Whole 30, the Whole 30’s Coffee Manifesto, or buy the book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.
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