Here’s a recipe for a great-tasting coffee that packs a fat-burning, focusing wham and is virtually calorie-free (with holiday twists!):

-2/3 cup of coffee (or a small Dunkin’ Donuts black on the way to work =])

-1/4 cup of hot water

-1/4 teaspoon Unsweetened Baking Cocoa

-1/4 teaspoon chocamine (1 to 2 capsules of ChocoLift — you can pull them apart and pour the contents in)

-1 to 2 packets of Splenda (to taste)

-pinch of salt (optional)

Here’s where it gets fun:

-1 cinnamon stick, or a pinch of ground cinnamon (I like the cinnamon stick because you can stir with it!)

OR

-1-2 tablespoons sugar-free peppermint syrup

Now, obviously you can mix either of these last two additions with good ol’ coffee, and I love the addition of the baking cocoa because it’s basically calorie-free (a word to the wise: sweeten it with Splenda — it’s very bitter without), but then it wouldn’t Holiday Power Mocha; enter chocamine.

Chocamine is an extract of cocoa that has a ton of benefits without any of the typical drawbacks of chocolate: sugar, fat, calories, extra belt loops  and, you know, coronaries. No big deal. In all seriousness, I love this compound. It has a slew of interesting things in it: methylxanthines (caffeine, theobromine, theophylline), biogenic amines, amino acids, minerals (magnesium and copper), and phytonutrients. Without this reading as a science paper — it is a recipe, afterall — you can expect stimulant effects and appetite suppresion, and a hefty dose of antioxidants. The “buzz” is smoother and longer-lasting than just caffeine, and for me it gives me a very unique (and desirable) mental feeling.

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Christmas tress in your coffee postively affect mood too.

Leave me a comment if you need help mixing one of these up, or if you just want to debate Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts. That’s fine too. If you missed my article about minimizing the damage of holiday eating (seems relevant with Thanksgiving days away), you can find that here.