Personally, I do like coffee and somehow this is linked to my cultural (how could an italian dislike coffee? :D) and family traditions. My mum prepares coffee every single morning – Imagine the smell of coffee coming right into the room and gently awakes you. Lovely!
But since I went vegan, I drink less coffee. I was used to drink a LOT of coffee: early in the morning, around 10am and in the afternoon again. I was addicted. I bet you are wondering why drinking coffee and being vegan at the same time should be a problem? Let me explain you quickly. First of all, I am anemic and coffee compromises greatly the iron absorption. Now, there are two types of iron: heme and non-heme. The iron in meat is in the heme form while the non-heme is found in plant foods. Researches have shown that coffee seems to affect especially the absorption of the non-heme type. As vegan the only source of iron comes from plant-based food!
However, no decrease in iron absorption occurred when coffee is consumed 1 h before a meal (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1983). A mid-morning coffee won’t be that bad, after all.
So, evidence reveals I should quit caffeine. But, let’s be honest – I don’t avoid coffee completely. I like it! I simply have a cup of coffe now and then. I don’t want to restrict myself, I think it’s better have a little satisfaction once in a while. Anyway, I take iron supplements. That helps! 🙂
To finish I will share with you my little “vice”; a delicious, quick and easy banana coffee smoothie bowl to prepare in the morning.
Natural vanilla flavor
1 tsp instant coffee
Pour the bananas and vanilla flavour (as much as you desire) in a blender and blend till combined (add water if you prefer the smoothie less thick). Garnish on top with a tsp of instant coffee and mix gently. Enjoy!