Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Drinks: Jan's Healthy Coffee

I recently had dinner at my friend Jan Carlson's house.  After a delicious dinner, she served a light dessert and decaf coffee.  


Jan suggested adding cinnamon and molasses to the coffee.  For people who wanted just a bit more sweetness, she recommended a drop of stevia, a natural zero-calorie sweetener. 


I usually put milk in my coffee, but I decided to follow Jan's suggestion instead. Not only was it tasty, it's also nutritious.  Studies show that cinnamon can lower cholesterol, boost cognitive function and relieve arthritis pain, among other benefits. Blackstrap molasses is filled with nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B, chromium, manganese, copper and selenium.  According to some reports, it can relieve stiffness in joints from arthritis, restore energy zapped by anemia and return grey hairs to their original color.  Stevia has been shown to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. 


Wait -- let's back up.  Molasses restores natural hair color?  Really?  You can't believe everything you read on the Internet. I liked the coffee, but I'm not canceling my appointment with my hairdresser. 


1 mug regular or decaf coffee

1 to 2 tsp molasses, to taste

1 to 2 shakes cinnamon, to taste

1 drop liquid stevia, or 1 pinch powdered stevia, optional, to taste