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The perfect iced coffee recipe!! So amazingly creamy and delicious – just in time for warmer weather!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE iced coffee!

I actually stopped drinking coffee completely for about 2 years. For the most part, I didn’t think that I missed it. And then I went on a strict diet this January…

After almost 3 weeks, I completely fell off the health wagon – hard. I went from vegetables at every meal with no snacks to a February “splurge” that would give health-nuts nightmares. (In case you’re wondering, no sugar + no dairy = no happiness!).

And that’s when I started drinking coffee again. At first, it was just a cup here or there because I was really craving iced coffee. 

Now I have at least a cup or 2 of iced coffee every. single. day. 

Personally, iced coffee is my absolute favorite way to drink coffee! I will drink it any time of the year – even in the winter (apparently that’s weird?). But here in New England, warmer weather should be on its way soon and everybody will be in the mood for a great iced coffee!

Now, you may be wondering… Is coffee good for me? Should I even be drinking it? 

The simple answer is “yes!” There are actually several health benefits to drinking coffee! Here are just a few of them:

  • Gives you more energy
  • Improves mental clarity 
  • Helps with weight loss  
  • Contains antioxidants 
  • Fights depression  

Now, all of this is pretty exciting – but how is it actually true? Well, here’s a quick overview of the health benefits I listed above… 

  1. Gives you more energy: This one is probably a no-brainer. We all know that coffee naturally contains caffeine – which is absorbed into our bloodstream and serves as a stimulant.
  2. Improves mental clarity: This one is very closely related to #1. Both the extra energy and mental clarity that you get from coffee are related to the absorption of caffeine – which travels to your brain and affects your brain cells in a positive way.
  3. Helps with weight loss: Not only does coffee boost your metabolism, but it also curbs your appetite! Which means it helps you eat less – especially that “snacky” eating that I’m *cough* certainly not guilty of…
  4. Contains antioxidants: Coffee might just be the biggest dietary source of antioxidants – which actually protect your body from “free radicals” (uncharged molecules that can be destructive to your proteins and DNA).
  5. Fights depression: Coffee has been shown to help alleviate mild to moderate depression – though there doesn’t seem to be a definite answer on exactly how it does. Some scientists believe it is due to coffee’s stimulative properties – which helps increase motivation and the ability to experience pleasure.

Pretty amazing, right? Turns out, coffee is very good for you – as long as you don’t overdo it. However, too much of ANY good thing is a bad thing, and the same goes for coffee. If you’re drinking upwards of 4 cups a day, you might want to consider working yourself down to 2 or 3 cups a day instead.

I certainly don’t need an excuse to drink coffee – I’d keep drinking it anyway – but it is nice to know that it can actually be good for you!

A Word of Caution 

Now that we know that coffee is actually good for us, it’s important to keep something else in mind…

COFFEE OF ITSELF – NOT THE SWEETENERS AND CREAMERS – IS GOOD FOR US. 

Any time you add sweeteners and/or creamers to your coffee, you are adding calories. Plus, depending on exactly what you are adding, it might not be considered a “health-drink.”

For instance, I typically use a store-bought French vanilla creamer which has some hard-to-pronounce ingredients that I’m not too crazy about. I’m currently experimenting with some homemade versions so that I can wean myself off of the store-bought version. Hopefully, I should be posting more on that soon…

For more information on coffee and the pros and cons of drinking it, you might be interested in reading these articles I found:

Now, back to iced coffee… 

The Easiest Iced Coffee You Will EVER Make!

Don’t you just love quick and easy recipes?! I know I certainly do!

I mean, there are times that I really enjoy taking the time to make something a bit more complicated and intricate. But on a day-to-day basis, it’s the quick and easy ones that turn out to be real life-savers.

Which is another reason why this recipe is so great –you can put it together in 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients!  Plus, it is amazingly creamy and delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness!

Iced coffee just doesn’t get any easier – or more delicious – than this! 

Happy DIYing!!

Incredible Iced Coffee

This iced coffee is perfect for warm weather!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced coffee
Servings: 1 glass
Author: Lydia

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup French vanilla creamer

Instructions

  • Scoop coffee into a tall glass and add the water; stirring until coffee is completely dissolved.
  • Add the ice cubes and stir.
  • Pour in the milk and the French vanilla creamer and stir well.
  • Enjoy!!
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