5 healthier ways to flavor your coffee instead of coffee creamer

Coffee. Is it the warmth and comfort you feel when drinking a cup first thing in the morning? Is it the jolt of caffeine that helps get us motivated in the morning? Most of us start our day with some variation of coffee- lattes, cappuccinos, black coffee, frapuccinos and the list goes on! Though this beloved beverage is rich in antioxidants, depending on how it is prepared, it can be a source of excess calories, fat and sugar that you may not even realize. Check out our Quick Bites: Starbucks post for the low down on ordering a healthier cup of coffee.

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Liquid calories are often times overlooked, but these extra calories could be causing weight gain, or hindering your weight loss goals. For years I used the sweetened creamers found commonly in the grocery store and in breakfast cafes. When I became more interested in eating whole foods and eliminating processed foods and artificial ingredients, coffee creamer was one of the first things to go!  Partially hydrogenated soybean oil, cellulose gum, dipotassium phosphate, carageenan…and the list goes on! I went cold turkey, switched to black coffee with a splash of 2% milk and have never looked back. My taste has adapted and I no longer like the taste of sweetened coffee- especially artificially sweetened!

Today we are sharing 5 alternative ways to flavor your coffee that will help save calories, fat and sugar without compromising on flavor!

  1. Add spices to your coffee grounds

This might sound weird at first, but trust me..its wonderful! Depending on how strong you want the flavor to be, add 1 tsp up to 1-2 tbsp of your favorite spices to your coffee grounds before brewing. This will give the coffee a subtle flavor with no added calories, and no artificial flavorings or colors. Some of my favorites include ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks!

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2. Use extracts instead of sweetened syrups

Do you love vanilla lattes? Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your morning cup to give it a burst of vanilla flavor. If you are still looking for a sweeter taste, consider a packet of stevia or a couple of drops of liquid stevia. Some of my other favorites are mint and coconut extracts- mixed with a splash of milk and you won’t even miss the pre-made creamers.

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3. Use a natural sugar substitute

As I mentioned above, I eliminated any type of sweetener from my coffee, and after a little while I didn’t even miss it! If you find you prefer a sweeter cup of coffee, try a more natural source of sugar like honey or maple syrup. These are less processed than white sugar, and are all natural, unlike other sugar substitutes like equal, splenda and sweet-n-low.

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4. Try a non dairy milk

milk comparison

As we talked about in our milk comparison, there are a variety of different non-dairy milk alternatives. Cashew milk is extremely creamy and would be a good alternative to milk or half and half.  Hazelnut milk is slightly sweet, making it a good alternative for the traditional “cream and sugar”. Vanilla almond milk or vanilla soy milk also provides flavor without the excess calories. Depending on your dietary preferences, dairy milk is also a great option as it is rich in protein and relatively low in calories- just make sure to choose skim or low fat milk in place of whole milk or half and half.

*Always avoid fat free half and half- many have corn syrup added along with various other artificial ingredients. If you want to treat yourself to a creamy cup of coffee- go for the real deal.

5. Natural Bliss Creamers or make your own

If you find convenience to be a factor, a great ready made dairy creamer is Natural Bliss. The ingredients label is much more simple than the other types of creamers- all of the ingredients can be pronounced! Still use caution with these, as one tablespoon is 35 calories.

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There are a ton of recipes on Pinterest now for homemade coffee creamers- here are a couple of my favorites!

Coconut Creamer via Our Paleo Life

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer via Sallys Baking Addiction

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

 

What are some of your favorite ways to flavor your coffee?

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  1. THANK YOU, I needed that info!!!!

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