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A Nutritious Take On Iced Coffee

June 19, 2012

Do you love coffee, but feel guilty about drinking multiple cups a day? Are you trying to curb your caffeine addiction? Well read on, and perhaps you can replace one cup with what I’ve got in store for you below.

I had a bottle of Blackstrap molasses in the back of my pantry; the way back. Other than using it for gingerbread at Christmastime, molasses wasn’t an ingredient that I used more than once a year…until just recently, that is. I have to credit childbirth education and parenting expert, Erica Lyon, for the idea for this recipe. To further my education and better serve my pregnant and postpartum clients, I attended Erica’s lecture at the Natural Gourmet Institute, titled: The Four Trimesters…Eating Healthy for Pregnancy and Post-Partum. At it, she gave an overview of the macro and micronutrients critical to consume during this time in a woman’s life. On the subject of iron (and its importance during pregnancy), she reminded me that Blackstrap molasses is a very good source. Erica also shared with the group, that she enjoys it shaken up with almond milk and ice, as a sort of faux iced coffee. Knowing that I had a jar hibernating in the back of my pantry, I tried it shaken with soymilk, over ice, the very next morning. It was delicious. Try out the recipe above for yourself! You can also try substituting molasses for your everyday sweetener (be it sugar or Splenda) in your real morning coffee (your body will thank you).


IRON: Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron. Iron helps transport blood throughout our bodies. Particularly for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency, consuming molasses is a good way to boost iron stores. If you’re pregnant or lactating, your needs for iron increase.

CALCIUM: Blackstrap molasses is also a very good source of calcium. Calcium is needed by our bodies to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during childhood and adolescence, and to help prevent bone loss that can occur during menopause (and as a result of rheumatoid arthritis).

IMPORTANT: On the subject of calcium…although dairy foods (like milk, cheese and yogurt) are excellent sources of calcium, there is a reason why this faux iced coffee beverage is made with soy/ almond milk: dairy inhibits the absorption of iron in the body. On the contrary, Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so eat some strawberries dipped in tahini, alongside your morning faux joe.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. wcatalano permalink
    June 19, 2012 4:17 pm

    This is really interesting, I’ll definitely have to try it! How does it taste though?

    • HFR Living permalink*
      June 19, 2012 4:33 pm

      Hi Whitney, Thank you for your comment. In my opinion, this faux-joe tastes great. Molasses does have a strong flavor, so maybe try a couple teaspoons at first. I went with a full tablespoon, because that’s what one serving size is (per the nutritional information on the label). By no means should you slug it down, if you don’t enjoy it, but I think it’s a unique, sweet, refreshing treat.

  2. June 19, 2012 4:56 pm

    My herbalism teacher used to get leg cramps and said that for a lot of people who think they have restless leg syndrome, the problem can be an iron deficiency. She would make orange juice with Blackstrap molasses and drink it all during class. Then I got into doing that, but have since neglected it. Your post reminded me that perhaps it’s time to get back into the habit! Thanks 🙂

    • HFR Living permalink*
      June 19, 2012 5:23 pm

      Thank you for your comment Jennifer! To add to your point about leg cramps, they are often directly related to a calcium/ potassium imbalance in the body, so snack on a banana with almond butter while you sip your faux joe 😉 Enjoy!

  3. June 19, 2012 5:45 pm

    your post has inspired me to make my own with twist! can’t wait to try it and blog about it! I’ll make sure to mention you! Thanks!

    • HFR Living permalink*
      June 20, 2012 3:49 am

      Hi tpossick! Thank you so much for your comment. I read your post: love your twist, looks great. I’ll have to try your version tomorrow. Many thanks for the credit!

  4. Myrtice Weisel permalink
    April 3, 2013 7:46 pm

    Bones are constantly varying with the times and therefore old bones are replaced instead by new ones . With the growth in actual age , your bones beginning to build up fragile . 99 per cent of physique calcium is kept in your bones . Calcium is extremely vital it is employed by human body for effective working of your muscles or even neural system . We primarily just acquire calcium from our meal or possibly other stuff we consume due to the fact physique never produce calcium independently . Too little availability of calcium will mean system will probably make use of the bones calcium . Just as female grows over thirty , body system will start dropping the bone mass more quickly when compared with the frequency of on which human body substitutes it . This raises the threat of getting affected by Osteoporosis . The ladies are more inclined to be impacted prior to adult males seeing that their bones are smaller in size as well as thinner than males . ..

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