coffee creamer alternatives.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 13:53
i just had a baby 5 weeks im really trying to loose the baby weight plus. I have to have coffee btwn working and taking care of baby, im spoiled and have to have some type of flavoring in it black doesnt cut it....anyone have some low calorie/low fat options that actually taste good?? i have soy milk so even options like that work, thank u for some opinions!

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 14:38
Just read your post and did the math. A minimum of 15% of my daily intake is from coffee creamer (International Delights makes Almond Joy creamer now...mmmmm). That's the one luxury I'm not even considering giving up.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:03
It takes time to get used to coffee without creamer. I used to pour it into coffee like it was my job, but now, I can't even think about that kind of sugar in the morning.

Try buying some flavored coffees and adding skim milk and maybe 1 splash of creamer. Eventually, you get used to that taste and you can cut out the use of creamer. Now, I only have splash of skim milk in my coffee. A lot of people use half and half too, but that gives me a stomach ache.

Trial and error will help you find what you like in your coffee. I personally hate almond milk in coffee - and I figured this out quickly. Experiment with things and try to ease out of creamer.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:13
In my fat days, I used to use half & half in my cereal! and wasn't healthy cereal either. Rice Krispies anyone? Mmmmmm and kind of nasty at the same time now that I think back on it.
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:26
Since I had to give up milk I use the Silk Almond unsweetened. Its only
35 cals per cup and works for me..But I also use sweet n low, alot of people use the other sweetners.. Aspertame is not my friend..
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:26
I am on Atkins. i have to have cream in my coffee because it is like a treat for me in the morning. I also don't always get breakfast so I assume the cream is helping start my metabolism a little. I use heavy Whipping Cream. This is certainly not low calorie but it is low sugar/carbohydrate. I travel and stop at starbucks every morning for coffee. they are the only place I know where you can get this for your coffee. Add a bit of sugar free vanilla syrup and I have a wonderful morning treat that starts my day off on the right track.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:30
I'm with you, bree. My morning coffee/espresso is non-negotiable and I can't drink it black. I would make sure you measure it so you know how much you're getting (Bed Bath and Beyond sells little shot glass measuring cups that are perfect for this) and then work on slowly reducing how much you put in to see how little you can get away with. Also, if you're making your own coffee, make sure its not too strong- when I visit my mom, she makes her cofee really strong and I find myself dumping in extra creamer to compensate- not good! In the end, I've accepted that a miminum amount of creamer/sweetener is something I'm not working to compromise on and I'll make sacrifices elsewhere for it.
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:37
Took me a while to give up sugar in my coffee, I never really cared about fancy creamers cos they r bad for u to begin with.. I slowly reduced sugar, now I drink decaf with no sugar and 2% milk.
Nat, I felt the same way, no way I can give up, now it's my best drink in am! LOL
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:40
Bree, I use Almond Milk as well, but Blue Diamond brand: Original Unsweetened. Although it has 40 calories per serving it only has 2g of carbs instead of Silk's 8g. I've had my success on this site by monitoring and limiting my daily carb intake and the results have been phenomenal!!! For sweeteners I go natural as well: Sweet Leaf in powder or liquid form which I order from Amazon: zero calories and zero carbs!! Win-win.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 08:43
I tried healthying up my morning coffee & replaced my regular Coffee-Mate with sugar-free & swapped out most of the sugar with Sweet 'N Low. That went fine because there are tons of great flavors of sugar free creamers these days. But after going low carb, I tried the flavored syrups with unsweetened almond milk instead for a while, & after a couple of weeks I was sick of it. I went back to my sugar-free Vanilla Caramel Coffee-Mate because it's worth the carbs & I sweeten with Truvia - better tasting than other artificial sweeteners I've tried.
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 09:39
Whipping Cream. Best change I've made to my coffee.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 09:58
I have been super happy with my fat free half-and-half (40 cals per 1/4c), and just lately experimented with regular half-and-half - 1/4c (I like my coffee pretty light) is just 80 calories. Overall, not a lot in the big-picture quality of life issue that our coffee is to many of us! Smile

Also great is coconut milk - I love original PureCoconut by Silk. I end up using a little more, but it's very creamy and delicious (almond milk seems very watery in comparison) without a ton of in-your-face coconut flavor.

I do like Truvia, but I usually go old school with Sweet 'N Low (even though I know it'll probably make my liver turn black and fall out someday), so I'm no help there. Smile

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 11:13
I just use half and half. You can also use a flavored stevia. I can find Vanilla at Fred Myer or a health food store but there are other flavors that you can find on the internet. I got rootbeer, grape and stawberry at a fair a few years back. I like to add it to water and iced tea,
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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 11:32
Either sugar free french vanilla creamer or heavy whipping cream.
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