I’m not a pudding or ice cream person but if affogato is on a menu I can’t resist. It’s the combo of unsweetened black coffee with creamy ice cream that is somehow so heavenly. So I had a thought to create it as a breakfast option on our nutrition plans, using thick Greek yoghurt flavoured with vanilla extract (instead of ice cream), and boy it is a winner. Perfectly complemented with chopped walnuts for a bittersweet, very grown up, breakfast.
Mix the honey and vanilla into the yoghurt and spoon it into a nice bowl (we eat with our eyes first). Pour the hot coffee over it then sprinkle on the nuts and swirl the cream, if using.
Extensive studies have shown that coffee can have significant health benefits (up to five cups a day) for most people. Containing hundreds of biologically active compounds, including polyphenols that help to keep inflammation at bay, coffee has been shown to help protect against cardiovascular disease, some neurodegenerative diseases, a reduced risk of some types of cancer and of type 2 diabetes. So, is coffee healthy? Yes it can be, very much so, for a lot of people but as with all foods there sometimes needs to be caution. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of coffee’s caffeine and in those people it can contribute to headaches, insomnia, anxiety and restlessness. It is also advised that coffee (caffeine) intake is limited during pregnancy.
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