It’s the end of January already and I don’t know whether to be happy or not: yes, Winter is already halfway, I can feel Spring peeps out shyly and that is great news! It also seems time flies way to fast lately and I feel it’s time to be back in shape and start doing more sport: this is the tough part for me, definitely more than shutting my mouth up. I can cut the majority of food off my diet but I don’t want to renounce to coffee, ever. Not because I cannot work without caffeine or such, I do not believe coffee as anything to do with me being more productive or alert or dependent.
People are convinced that they can not do without coffee to be able to start the day or resume work after the lunch break: what I would miss is the gesture of drinking coffee, the ritual that surrounds that cup, not the caffeine itself. I would feel a little less Italian too and that would be too bad!
Remember to drink two or three coffee maximum as the effects of caffeine are many and varies from person to person: to some extent, it increases excitability and insomnia, it induces tachycardia and gastric secretion.
Nevertheless, caffeine is able to accelerate the metabolism and it helps to not feel the hunger pangs between meals: a cup of coffee without sugar and milk contains just 3 calories. It is a perfect way to keep hunger at bay.
Always keep in mind to play wittily with your food.
So, how do I incorporate caffeine into a weight loss diet plan?
I keep my calories intake well balanced during the day and I control the snack bits, which helps lots.
Here’s how I do it with coffee.
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1. Make big cups of caffè shakerato.
Caffè shakerato is fresh, it’s creamy and easy to make.
Pour coffee into a shaker, add little sugar if you like (your coffee has 3 calories but a teaspoon of sugar is 20 calories, do the math) and then the ice (at least 5 cubes). Shake it for 30/40 seconds.
Decorate your drink by adding coffee beans before serving: nicer is better 🙂
2. Coffee ice pops are a delight for the palate.
No matter if it’s still Winter, you will always find them in my freezer.
For 6 coffee lollies:
Water: 400 ml
Coffee: 6 glasses
Pour into a jug the six cups of coffee and water, and mix well until the color becomes uniform.
Pour the contents into the appropriate moulds.
Leave your pops in the freezer for at least 3 hours before finishing them all!
3. If you can’t really stay away from a sweet treat…
…a valid light alternative to ice cream on hot summer days is the semifreddo al caffè.
Soluble coffee: two teaspoons
Greek yogurt: 200gr
Sugar: none or one teaspoon max.
In a saucepan melt the sugar with some water and then add the soluble coffee and cook for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and add the Greek yogurt, mix everything (the result must be a liquid cream) and leave it in the fridge for at least two-three hours. You can choose to garnish with a dash of bitter cocoa.
4. Coffee Scrub.
This is a recipe you won’t eat still, it is a super simple anti-cellulite scrub to prepare at home using coffee grounds.
The treatment has caffeine as the main ingredient, which triggers a series of reactions that facilitate the disposal of fat cells, inhibits the storage of glucose and inhibits the multiplication of fat cells. True? I don’t know. I’d be interested to know if I could have a feedback from an expert though. I am prone to believe that the moisturiser I daily apply after is the real game changer for a smoother and more toned skin.
Last but not the least: always check for local skins reactions before applying the cream regularly.
Here are the instructions:
In a cup (35 cl) pour the coffee grounds and add 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil;
With a spoon, mix well until you get a uniform mixture.
Once you have prepared your cream, apply the cream directly on legs, buttocks or/and stomach; massage well to let the mixture penetrate; take the cling film and wrap it around the areas; leave for 20 minutes; take a shower to remove the product well and then apply a moisturiser.
I would love to hear from you and know more about other tricks that can help to avoid snacks! Recipes and tips are always welcome, not to mention any kind of encouragement and ideas to do more sports while you’re at home with the kids!
Have a great week!