The weirdest/most surprising thing about my pregnancy so far (aside from the extremely vivid dreams that always seem to feature a baby or small child in a minor role) is the fact that coffee hasn’t sounded good.
Early on, I did my research to determine whether or not I could drink coffee with a clear conscience while pregnant, and had happily come to the conclusion that one cup a day is perfectly safe. I was armed with knowledge! And then it just never sounded good.
My love of coffee is mostly mental, admittedly, so I was partially in denial that it didn’t sound good (I told myself it wasn’t possible in the same tone of voice Luke Skywalker uses when Darth Vader tells him who his father is). There were a few times I forced myself to drink it, thinking that just because it didn’t sound good, didn’t mean it wouldn’t taste delicious. I was wrong. So I just stopped drinking coffee and tried to deal with my new identity. Until a few days ago when the idea started growing on my again.
Pure joy! At 17 weeks, I am able to fully celebrate this wonderful season (I meant fall, but pregnancy too) with my favorite beverage once again. It’s been a good week. My returned love for coffee was also in perfect timing with a really weird suggestion from my mom.
She was telling me about how molasses was changing her life, and that there were so many health benefits to consuming it. I was intrigued.
When she told me that some people enjoyed it in their coffee, I was skeptical. I was more than a little hesitant to try it in my morning coffee, because if it was terrible, it would be a terrible waste. But since I can’t sky dive or ride roller coasters until March, I thought a little risk in my life could spice things up.
First, let me say that I am a plain coffee kind of girl. I love it black, or with a little cream, but I think sweetened coffee is kind of gross. I am also not crazy about the taste of molasses (is anyone?), unless it is flavoring my favorite ginger cookies.
So are you curious? Okay, so on the first try, I only added a tiny bit along with cream. Maybe just less than a teaspoon. To my very pleasant surprise, my coffee tasted like… coffee. But better. Molasses in coffee is kind of like what a sprinkling of salt is to chocolate or what your best friend is to you: it brings out all the best qualities. The second time I tried it, I used about a tablespoon. It was even better. There is a hint of sweetness, but not too much for my taste.
So, I’m hooked. Have you ever heard of such a thing as adding molasses to your coffee? Will you try it? Here are just a few of the health benefits of molasses:
- long term use of molasses has shown to improve hair quality–as in, it can even help your hair turn back to its original (healthiest) hair coloring because of the copper content! Google it.
- It’s loaded with calcium and magnesium
- It is rich in iron
- It gives you an energy boost (but not the jittery, too-much-coffee kind)
- Read more here
Be sure to only get organic, unsulphured blackstrap molasses. I used this kind, which I bought from Whole Foods for about $6 for a 16oz bottle.
Thanks for the weird tip, Mom! I should never have doubted you.
Okay, so will you try it? Have you tried it before? I want to know what you think of it!