*First of all, thank you for the comments on my previous post. It’s a touchy subject so I appreciate hearing your opinions on the matter.
Anyway, on to today!
I have a bit of an obsession with nondairy creamers. Not so much because they’re non-dairy, but because they make my coffee taste so darn delicious!! Thank you Coffee Mate for saving me the trips to Starbucks since my coffee now tastes like Peppermint Mocha (sugar free by the way).
I go back and forth between thinking, ” a calorie is a calorie. That’s all that matters so have your sugar free nondairy weird creamer. It’s less calories than half and half.” Other days though, I remind myself that I’m drinking nondairy creamer…what the hell is that? Maybe a calorie is a calorie, but it’s probably safe to assume eating whole foods, even full fat milk and cream, is better than majorly processed pretend coffee creamer.
I love their seasonal flavors. They always suck me in. Damn you Coffee Mate!
So, let’s compare….or maybe we shouldn’t….Here’s half and half (I’m guessing non organic half and half has the same ingredients):
So, that’s pretty straight forward: 2 ingredients. Here are the nutrition facts:
Two tablespoons is 40 calories. That’s not terrible. Let’s take a look at Coffee Mate creamer:
When it comes to non dairy creamer, I always think of my dad. He’s not a health nut by any means but even he was reading the label and asked me, “non dairy creamer? So, what is it?” I responded with, ” I don’t know. Don’t ask questions just enjoy the delicious taste.”
So, non-dairy creamer versus half and half. Half and half wins (clean eating-wise). I need a little flavor in my life so I asked some folks on Facebook what they use in their coffees and here were some responses:
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my FAV thing to put in coffee… Try that! Less fat
I just add spices or flavoring to my coffee and use regular half and half … just as tasty and not nearly as expensive!
Also, peppermint extract + cocoa + stevia/sweetener of choice = yummy peppermint mocha flavor
I went from using creamer AND sugar in my morning coffee to coconut oil and no sweetener!
Try using almond milk or flavored coconut milks instead! Still delicious and much better for you that both coffeemate AND half n half.
I think I’m going to try either coconut oil or coconut milk. Coconut milk seems thick like half and half while giving it a little flavor. My husband put coconut oil in his coffee for a while too. That sounds yummy and a good way to get some fats in your diet.
Here are a couple other ideas I found on Pinterest:
I’m almost out of my Coffee Mate creamer. When I am, I’ll let you know what I try next! I think homemade peppermint mocha is in order….
What do you use in your coffee?