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April 2, 2013 11:09 AM
I love my coffee... problem is I love the cream in it :-). I drink way too much of it in a day and it's really upping my calories... All I drink is coffee and water, no sodas or anything. I've tried fat free half and half (but it has some bad ingredients, and doesn't taste the same...), I've tried milk, I've tried black, I've tried adding cinnamon... it's just not the same. I was wondering if anybody has found a good alternative to the half and half or if I just have to suck it up and drink just a morning cup instead of morning pot and more throughout the day :-). Thanks
April 2, 2013 11:12 AM
I use sugar free flavored creamer, but it's not the most "clean" stuff in the world. You could try using some almond milk with a little vanilla and whatever sweetener you're comfortable with. Or, just back off on the amount of cream you use.
April 2, 2013 11:14 AM
Start out reducing how much you put in just a bit then there will not be as many calories in it
Or try some of the flavored coffees with only sweetener
Or just enjoy your coffee the way you want to and cut the calories somewhere else :)
April 2, 2013 11:17 AM
If I'm not drinking good coffee (Sumatra is my go-to bean) I use 1T of actual heavy cream in my first cup and then keep warming it up with more black coffee as the day progresses. I still get the taste of the creaminess in that first half cup and it's not straight black until about the 4th cup. Plus, with heavy cream there's no carbohydrates, no sugar, just fat.

You could also try switching to tea-Jasmine or D'arjeeling (sic?) will give you the same jolt as coffee. Or close to it.

Good luck!
April 2, 2013 11:17 AM
Unsweetened almond milk, very low cal and no sugar!
April 2, 2013 11:18 AM
There are no good alternatives to good old cream. However, if you reduce the amount you use little by little over a few weeks, you will probably get used to it. It all depends on how badly you want to cut it down.
April 2, 2013 11:27 AM
Silk soy for coffee, french vanilla. Add some honey if needed and its delish!
April 2, 2013 11:28 AM
Fat free half and half.
April 2, 2013 12:07 PM
Not all fat free half and halfs are made the same.

In my area (NYC), Land o Lakes brand is made with corn syrup and other stuff but Farmland Dairies brand is just non-fat milk thickened up with additional non-fat milk solids. They taste very different. Before you write off fat free half and half completely, you might go to your grocery store to read labels and see if there is another brand you might like.

Another option is fat free evaporated milk. It does have a distinct taste - but maybe it's a taste you'd like.
Edited by elisabeisme On April 2, 2013 12:08 PM
April 2, 2013 12:09 PM
i have now switched to BLACK coffee. After drinking French Vanilla for years, then fat free, then sugar free. The fat free or sugar free is just substituted with a chemical ****storm. If you go with the "natural" ones, your just back to plain sugar. Its all chemicals. Just try to go cold turkey and go black :)
April 2, 2013 12:10 PM
I use the Soy Delicious Coconut Creamer. It's the only coffee creamer I've tried that is actually creamy and somewhat diet-friendly. If you love half and half just try using less of it, but if that doesn't work for you give the Coconut creamer a try. It's only 20 calories per tablespoon so even if you have a couple it's still not too caloric.
April 2, 2013 12:10 PM
There's a thing called Ripped Cream that's a protein coffee creamer. I don't drink coffee, but I've heard it was good.
April 2, 2013 12:13 PM
Im not willing to compromise on my creamer. Id rather give up a softdrink or mid afternoon candy than the creamer.. I CANT LIVE WITH OUT GOOD cREAMER IN MY COFFEE
April 2, 2013 12:14 PM
I'm a success story when it comes to letting go of my creamer! I have 3-8oz. cups of coffee each morning and was using around 3Tbsp of Fat Free French Vanilla Creamer for each cup. I took a chance one day and instead of the creamer I heated up 1/2 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk, then added my coffee and 1 tsp of pure cane sugar. It was delicious!!! When I make my husbands coffee in the mornings now I can't stand to taste the coffee with creamer, it has just become way too sweet.

Someone told me not long ago to just try it, it's only a waste of 1 cup of coffee if you don't like it, and I'm so glad I did. I don't have to consume all the junk that's in creamers anymore, and my body thanks me for it.
April 2, 2013 12:17 PM
I love coffee and I have reduced my creamer and all of my sugar/sweetener by using choc protein powder in mine . I use a full scoop of powder and just a splash of creamer, stir it up and it gets frothy like a latte.... so mocha latte yummy....
April 2, 2013 12:21 PM
I use fat free evaporated milk in mine. Not quite the same as half and half but creamy enough that it works for me.
April 2, 2013 12:21 PM
thank you all for the ideas; there are some new things I have not tried yet. I appreciate all the responses!
April 2, 2013 12:38 PM
I just decided one day that leaving out the cream is where I could cut a few calories, and so that's what I did. Now I don't even want any dairy or creamer of any sort in my coffee. Next step will be cutting out sweetener, but I have gotten it down to a fraction of what I've used in the past.

And of course not all coffee is created equally. A good roast that you enjoy shouldn't need much sweetener or cream to make it drinkable.
April 2, 2013 12:48 PM
Nothing quite tastes like cream in coffe. :-) I used to be a double whammy - cream and sugar

Now I warm up half a mug of skim milk and use a frother to make some foam. A poor man's latte. :-)
April 2, 2013 12:54 PM
I was totally like you....had to have my cream and sugar. I have been doing my best. I have been using 1 Splenda and 2 tsp of powdered coffeemate. I know this might not be the best choice but it is much better than what I was doing. I hope you find something that works for you :)


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