Metabolism Boosting Mocha

Metabolism-Boosting MochaSnow day today! It doesn’t happen too often here on the Sunshine Coast (which is not as sunny as it’s name suggests) so when it does, it’s something to be enjoyed. Today’s weather sparks a desire to curl up with a book (or laptop in my case) and sip on a warm beverage. This has inspired me to share my Metabolism Boosting Mocha recipe! I’ll explain why I’ve decided to call this mocha a “metabolism-booster” by describing the ingredients…

Coffee

 Coffee, an obvious stimulant, boosts our metabolism, which in turn, can lead to weight loss (1).  This article, put out by Authority Nutrition, explains the effect that caffeine has on our metabolism. According to this article, “caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat (1).”  Caffeine also increases the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline), which signals fat tissue to break down fats and release them into the blood. The effect that caffeine has on metabolism is noticed most in moderate coffee drinkers because long-term coffee drinkers build up a tolerance.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil, unlike most oil, contains medium-chain fatty acids, instead of long-chain fatty acids (2). Medium chain fatty acids are metabolized differently than long-chain, which leads to a beneficial boost in metabolism (3). In this study, 1 to 2 tablespoons of medium chain fats (eg. coconut oil) per day increased energy expenditure by 5% — this totals to 120 calories per day. There are many benefits of coconut oil, but aside from the health benefits, adding it to this mocha gives it a rich and creamy (NOT oily or coconut-y) taste. It just wouldn’t be as delicious without it.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been suggested to boost metabolism. Dr. Oz added cinnamon to his list of “15 Superfoods,” and claims that it “lowers your blood sugar levels by stimulating glucose metabolism.” But according to this article, by Science Based Medicine, results are still inconclusive as to whether or not cinnamon leads to weight loss, so at the very least, just add it for taste.

Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder also boosts your metabolism, but more than that, cocoa is a powerful antioxidant, and important for good cardiovascular health (4) (5).

Regardless of the health benefits, this Mocha is flippin’ delicious and the perfect remedy for this cold, winter day.

Metabolism Boosting Mocha
 
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Ingredients
  • 10-12 oz Cup of Coffee your favorite, fair trade blend
  • 2 tbsp Milk (I use homemade Almond or Coconut Milk)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey (or sweeten to taste)
  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • Dash Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Brew a cup of coffee.
  2. In a blender, or mini-bullet blender, combine hot cup of coffee, honey, coconut oil and cocoa power. Blend for about 15 seconds.
  3. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy 🙂

 

Further References

Thermic effect of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in man. Seaton TBWelle SLWarenko MKCampbell RG.

 Twenty-four-hour energy expenditure and urinary catecholamines of humans consuming low-to-moderate amounts of medium-chain triglycerides: a dose-response study in a human respiratory chamber Dulloo AG1Fathi MMensi NGirardier L.

 

Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Can Coffee Increase Your Metabolism and Help You Burn Fat?

How Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight

 

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Metabolism-Boosting Mocha
Rich and creamy mocha that will kick-start your metabolism.
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  1. Brew a cup of coffee.
  2. In a blender, or mini-bullet blender, combine hot cup of coffee, honey, coconut oil and cocoa power. Blend for about 15 seconds.
  3. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy 🙂
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