A morning coffee has become a staple for many around the world. When starting the keto diet, one of the biggest questions people have is: ‘Can I keep drinking my coffee when adopting keto?’
The good news is yes!
In fact, coffee can be a great addition to the keto diet as it can give one energy and keep one satiated until lunch when intermittent fasting.
However, there are certain things to take into consideration to make sure your morning coffee routine is keto-friendly.
What is keto coffee?
Keto coffee is essentially low carb and high fat, just like the keto diet. The low-carb aspect comes from using less milk and sugar. High fat usually entails the addition of unsweetened, full-fat heavy cream, MCT or coconut oil, or grass-fed ghee butter.
The basic keto coffee recipe consists of three ingredients: oil, butter, and coffee.
Typically a keto coffee contains about a tablespoon of MCT or coconut oil and a tablespoon of grass-fed butter or ghee per one to two cups of coffee. Some people blend these ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. Often this is called bulletproof coffee.
Other ways to keep your morning brew keto-friendly
- Use sugar-free sweeteners (like stevia or sugar-free flavored syrups)
- Use unflavored beans (most flavored have added sugars and carbs)
- Substitute milk or coffee creamers for almond milk, coconut milk, or heavy cream
- Avoid pre-made drinks or ingredients (most contain lots of added or hidden sugars and carbs)
- Add fats with coconut or MCT oil in hot coffee drinks or heavy cream in cold coffee drinks
- Add cinnamon (this can help add flavor without added carbs and possibly reduce the desire for sugar-filled syrups)
Keto-friendly options at your favorite coffee shop
- Espresso: Avoid milk altogether and drink shots of espresso with some added coconut or MCT oil.
- Cappuccino: With less milk, and more foam these are more keto-friendly than lattes. Use nut milk or heavy cream instead of milk for an additional reduction of carbs.
- Iced or hot americano: Order with a splash of heavy cream or coconut milk and sweeten with stevia or sugar-free syrups.
- Hot or cold tea: For a coffee alternative, teas can be ordered. Most are caffeinated and can be sweetened with sugar-free sweeteners.
- Coldbrew: The cold brewing process typically brings out the sweeter flavors of beans, helping you cut out carb-filled sweeteners. Add some extra fat with coconut milk or heavy cream.
- Lattes: Substitute milk for almond or coconut milk or heavy cream to keep carbs down and increase fat content.
For anyone wanting to being the keto diet, it’s good news to know that coffee and tea can be a part of the to the keto diet, and can add to the enjoyment.
Dr. Jerry Hizon