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August 3, 2013 8:05 PM
Hi everyone!

So, as a typical college student, I'm absolutely obsessed with coffee. I desperately wish I could drink it black and like it, but I just can't--at least not yet. I love adding a little bit of Coffeemate fat free vanilla, but I know that's definitely not healthy. I'm also trying to stay away from adding Splenda, Equal or any other artificial sweeteners. I'm really calorie conscious and trying to keep my coffee as low cal (and natural) as possible since I'm still trying to lose a few pounds. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how to sweeten coffee a healthy way? I tried Stevia but it upsets my stomach and has a strange after taste. I'd appreciate any and all feedback! :)
August 3, 2013 8:09 PM
I personally find whole milk sweet. You could also try almond milk which is even sweeter and comes in vanilla if you want.
August 3, 2013 8:12 PM
I prefer real, heavy cream. It has fats in it, but it fits within my calorie goals for the day. Plus by using a dairy product you are getting "good fats" and calcium. Good luck finding a yummy coffee additive!
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August 3, 2013 8:16 PM
Stevia will make it sweet. There are sugar free coffee syrups in various flavors to add sweetness as well...or ones with sugar if that's your thing.
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August 3, 2013 8:19 PM
I use truvia and sugar free liquid coffee mate. The sugar free creamer is only 15 calories per tablespoon.
August 3, 2013 8:23 PM
If you are trying to stay away from artificial sweeteners, then you could try honey or just regular sugar, and count it. You should need less honey than sugar to make it sweet, and honey is supposed to be good for you in moderation. I liked the comment about almond milk, that might be good, or vanilla soy milk. You could mix it half and half and make a latte, and get some of your calcium in for the day! Really, it will be trial and error until you find something you like. One thing I've done is if you like mochas, mix a packet of the sugar free hot cocoa (60 calories), or even the diet one(25 calories) into a larger cup of coffee, and to me, it sweetens it just enough by giving you a chocolate fix as well.
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August 3, 2013 8:23 PM
I have also been trying to wean myself from my 5-6 cups a day with about a quarter cup of 1% milk & 2 tsps of sugar; I like my coffee very blonde and sweet. So I have tried the sugar-free syrups which aren't bad, but I really don't want my everyday coffee tasting like "treat" coffee. I can use nondairy creamer (2 tablespoons) for 30 calories, but then I still need to add 1 tsp of sugar for a total of 45 calories.

The best solution I found was ... sugar free vanilla Jell-O pudding cup - use one-third to one-half of the cup for 20 or 30 calories and whisk it up in the coffee - AWESOME!! No extra sugar needed. Just the pudding. It actually is so mild that it doesn't even really change the taste of the coffee (I'm not a big vanilla fan so if it was strong I couldn't use it). It solved all my problems - color and sweetness. I know it sounds weird, but it's pretty tasty!

My next experiment is to try some of my ready-to-drink vanilla protein shake in there and see if it can satisfy me!
August 3, 2013 8:33 PM
Raw Blue Agave is GREAT! 21 calories per tablespoon (which goes a long way), low glycemic impact, gluten-free, vegan, and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components.

If you take milk cow/soy/nut or otherwise make sure it has no sugar added. I like coconut milk, myself!
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August 3, 2013 9:49 PM
coconut milk. the canned kind (its healthier and sweeter and thicker!).
also, almond milk is good but coconut milk is my fav.
August 4, 2013 6:50 AM
I use vanilla soy milk, which sweetens and flavors my coffee.
Otherwise, +1 on agave and stevia.
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August 4, 2013 6:58 AM
I like Nectresse. No yucky aftertaste, basically calorie-free, and made from monk fruit.
August 4, 2013 6:59 AM
The ONLY food item I wont change is my coffee... It's the ONE thing I need to enjoy! With so many things in this life that are unenjoyable... LOL ... my coffee is one that I just calculate my day around. I will say that I have gone from drinking 5ish cups a day to 2 or 3..., but that is mostly because I dont have the degree of fatigue that I used to have before I started breaking a sweat!!!
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August 4, 2013 7:34 AM
I don't put sugar in my coffee. I just put a bit of creamer, which I find sweetens the coffee already. Perhaps you could try the hazelnut or other flavored creamer that would be sweeter.
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August 4, 2013 7:36 AM
I put protein powder (Vanilla Ice cream flavor), almond milk and Sugar free vanilla syrup in my coffee. :)
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August 4, 2013 7:50 AM
I usually drink my coffee black, but occasionally put milk into it to cool it down. If I do sweeten it, I'll put a tsp of raw sugar in, or stevia in the raw (not a huge fan of the taste of artificial sweeteners)

Just use regular sugar and moderate the amount you put in, don't add like 2tbs of sugar to a 16oz coffee to make it a dessert. Sugar isn't bad for you in moderation, just need to calculate your macros around it
August 4, 2013 1:56 PM
Clearly very few people in this post understood that she's trying to stay away from artificial ingredients.
August 4, 2013 2:11 PM
Stevia all the way! It's completely natural. My favorite way to drink coffee is with some pumpkin pie spice (or vanilla), 1/4 cup Silk unsweetened almond milk, and stevia! It ends up at 7.5 calories per cup!
August 4, 2013 3:10 PM
What kind of coffee are you drinking? Coffee made from high-quality beans with a light or medium roast has enough natural flavor that you may not need to add anything beyond a small splash of milk. Part of the reason we end up dumping so much stuff in our (commercially produced) coffee is to mask the taste of low quality beans and/or over-roasted beans.

If you have one nearby, try buying your coffee at Trader Joe's - you can get very, very good coffee at a surprisingly low price.
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August 4, 2013 3:13 PM
QUOTE:

Raw Blue Agave is GREAT! 21 calories per tablespoon (which goes a long way), low glycemic impact, gluten-free, vegan, and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components.

If you take milk cow/soy/nut or otherwise make sure it has no sugar added. I like coconut milk, myself!


Agave nectar has great PR but it's actually not that great for you.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/
August 4, 2013 3:15 PM
I sweeten my coffee with half and half and sugar. It is fine. I run it off.
August 4, 2013 3:16 PM
Unsweetened almond milk and pure liquid stevia extract for me.

EDIT: Sorry, just saw your thing about stevia. Which one did you do? Liquid or powder? powder doesn't work for me (it had extra additives, too) and upsets my stomach but liquid doesn't. and is pure.
Edited by Skeebee On August 4, 2013 3:18 PM
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August 4, 2013 3:16 PM
QUOTE:

I put protein powder (Vanilla Ice cream flavor), almond milk and Sugar free vanilla syrup in my coffee. :)


In a pinch, I mixed vanilla protein powder and greek yogurt into my coffee. I was out of half and half and couldnt deal...
August 4, 2013 3:17 PM
The trick with coffee is to log it accurately and fix it however you like it. Don't just dump some sugar or milk in it without measuring. Have it with whatever you like in it. You may find yourself adding less milk or sugar or whatever so you can have room in your calorie budget for another cup, or you may decide that one cup made "just so" is worth the calorie investment.
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August 4, 2013 3:18 PM
Rice milk has some natural sweetness that goes just fine wth coffee...
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August 4, 2013 3:24 PM
I don't have any problems with just regular sugar but I've also tried some flavor alternatives, which maybe you'll deam as your healthy:

honey
stevia
berries
cinnamon
almond milk (even though I usually get the no sugar added)
milk (has sugar)
chocolate protein powder
extras of various sorts
flavored coffee
Edited by CoderGal On August 4, 2013 3:26 PM

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