Creamer With A Side Of Coffee?
National Coffee Day, The Healthy Way
Tomorrow is National Coffee Day, and whether that’s just another made up holiday or not, it’s going to be a great day. Coffee has been my sidekick for some time now, I truly can’t remember the last time I went a whole day without having at least a cup. When my alarm goes off in the morning and I know there’s a pot of coffee just steps away, it makes getting up before the sun just a little bit easier. As for what’s in my coffee: nothing at all! I drink my coffee black.
I remember when I first started drinking coffee, I was a sophomore in high school and one very early morning, I decided to give it a go. Of course reaching for the coffee creamer first. I’m not perfectly sure if I drank coffee with a side of creamer, or creamer with a side of coffee. Let me remind you, this was before I knew what a carbohydrate or gaining weight even was. The day that I realized my one tablespoon had turned into half a cup, coffee creamer was terrible for you and I was drinking roughly 30 grams of sugar every morning; I was mortified. Hence being forever scared and drinking my coffee black.
Drinking calories, especially in coffee, is something that so many people overlook. I cringe every time I see someone walking on campus with a large, very light in color, coffee concoction. Many drinks that come from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, or any other local shops are filled with sugar, syrups, and whole milk or cream. Which can easily rack up 200-400 calories! You could eat a whole lot of food for that many calories! And the problem is, you don’t even realize that you’ve slurped down a generous amount of calories that should make up your next meal.
Don’t get me wrong, those drinks are delicious. But those drinks also count as dessert and if you’re willing to pass up on whole wheat pasta but not your creamer – don’t be surprised when you are struggling to meet your goals. So, if you plan of picking up a free coffee or maybe even appreciate your Joe a little extra in the morning, try these simple tricks for a healthier coffee accessory:
Vanilla Almond Milk
For all of my sugar lovers, I won’t take it from you just yet. Vanilla Almond milk generally only has 45 calories per 1/2 cup, 8 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fat. Yes that is still has sugar but french vanilla coffee creamer has nearly 280 calories per half cup, 48 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of fat – yikes.
You might be thinking, there’s no way I use a half a cup – well save yourself the worry and opt for a healthier option.
Skim Milk + Honey
And we’re leaning off the sugar one step at a time. Adding a few drops of honey to your coffee and skim gives it just enough to settle that bitter taste. Any type of natural sweetener such as honey, agave, or maple syrup is a much healthier way to sweeten up your coffee rather than refined or processed sugars.
Roast With Spices
If you’re a brave soul who wants to cut the sugar addiction – this is a delicious trick to add some flavor back into your world! If you are old school like us and still use a coffee machine rather than a Keurig, just simply add some cinnamon into your ground coffee, in the coffee filter before brewing and voila! You are left with a fresh pot of brewed cinnamon coffee.
I have heard many people experimenting with different spices such as cinnamon, ginger root, cardamom, and even cocoa powder. Yum/Yuck? Have you tried any?
Having an occasional specialty coffee drink is more than okay, if you treat it like your dessert. If you’re trying to lose weight or ‘tone up,’ having these drinks regularly in your diet is going to completely sabotage all of your hard work. With tomorrow being National Coffee Day and every trendy shop selling their own version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, use these tips and make healthy decisions.
Check out this healthy PSL recipe, here! I will be trying it!
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