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springjacka
07-11-2010, 01:28 PM
I'm new to the site, forgive me if this isn't in the right area.

I am an avid coffee drinker. The way I drink my coffee now, with table cream and regular sugar, is costing me anywhere between 200 and 350 calories!

I'm wondering a) if there is a cream option that would be lower in fat & calories but not skimp on taste? and b) is there a sweetener that doesn't leave a horrible aftertaste and tastes like actual sugar?

I know changing theses 2 parts of my coffee will help imensely. I've tried sweet n low and found that I can not use it because it causes me to have migraines. We use splenda for our sweet tea and it doesn't bother me in the tea, but in my coffee it seems to have a really funky taste.


CanadianCutie
07-11-2010, 05:20 PM
I know what worked for me, was switching to black. I actually find I enjoy it a lot more black. Back when I started coffee I was a double/double girl (double cream double sugar), then I cut back to just cream, then changed to 2% milk, then one day at a restaurant (waited twenty minutes for the milk) didn't want to wait any longer, server no where in sight, I drank it black, and found I actually liked it.

I never thought I'd be one to drink coffee black. But now I'll never go back. I can't even have an iced cap any more, they're too sweet.

SweetyKins
07-11-2010, 05:29 PM
I have switched to black as well. I never thought I could do it but I did it. Sometimes I will also do a packet of Truvia and a tinny bit of vanilla extract which just gives me a flavor of sweet. It's one of the best things I've ever done. Now I just need to kick the daily wine habit and all will be good. :)


chickybird
07-11-2010, 07:32 PM
I use the liquid flavored coffee mate. They have a fat free vanilla caramel flavor that is good, and I find I don't need to use sugar when I use it. Hope that helps!

GoldenLeaf
07-11-2010, 07:35 PM
I also switched to black with no sweeteners of any kind. Took a couple of days of adjustment but now I couldn't imagine coffee any other way.

punkrprincessa
07-12-2010, 02:48 AM
Im struggling with sweetners as well. I'm a Splenda girl, but using mass amounts of artificial sweetner isnt cool to me, also the fact that Splenda has 4 calories a pack adds up when you use 10 or more packs (Hey! I like my coffee sweet!)

I just bought a Moka espresso maker in Italy, and have been making cappuccinos with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of skim milk. I only used 2 packs of Sweet n Low to sweeten mine today, so maybe mixing up the type of coffee you drink could work. I mean, true, I added 20-40 calories by adding milk, but I also cut out alot of my artificial sweetner calories as well.

I also agree with the coffee mate or sugar free syrups, although I find syrups in coffee really chemically tasting.

Good luck on your quest and post any good finds!

bronzeager
07-12-2010, 10:08 AM
I slowly worked my way down from whole milk to skim in my coffee; now whole milk tastes weird and "spoiled" when I put it in my coffee. When I put whole milk in my morning oatmeal it's like dessert! My parents use fat free half and half.

I usually just stick to regular sugar because I use it in such small amounts, and the artificial sweeteners taste "off" to me. But occasionally I get a type called "Half Spoon" which is a British product. I've never seen it in the states but I was thinking the other day you could mix it up yourself; it's regular sugar with very small amount of an artificial sweetener (I think Aspartame but you could try others) so you only need half as much for the same sweetness. I can't taste anything but sugar in that.

motivated chickie
07-12-2010, 10:12 AM
I switched to black coffee as some of the others have said. I have developed a taste for flavored coffees like hazlenut, vanilla, and chocolate. The down side of those coffees is I hear they have a lot of chemicals.

Also, I think it would help to drink good coffee- the kind you wouldn't want to bury in sugar and cream.

RunnerChemist
07-12-2010, 10:30 AM
I minimize the sugar and cream - I still have it but in smaller amounts. Skim milk with concentrated coffee (skinny latte) works for me, and vanilla soy milk works for my good friend.

Maybe start by halving the amount of sugar and cream in your coffee?

beth4365
07-12-2010, 10:42 AM
Hmmm... Hi there, springjacka,

I guess as I read your post.. I had another thought...

It sounds like to me.. that you drink a lot of coffee...

I don't want to sound like I know what's best for anyone else because I don't. I'm here because I've got too many struggles to handle on my own.

But, I was wondering for you if it would be a better idea to cut back on the coffee itself instead of the additives? The additives are a problem only because the coffee is.

Are you drinking enough water? Would you be open to drinking green tea instead of coffee for some of your day?

I only drink one or two cups of coffee per day. But, if I do drink more for whatever reason, then I make myself have 8 oz of water before pouring the next cup. During the school year, I take hot tea in my thermos instead of coffee.

Anyway... I don't want to come off sounding like a know-it-all. I'm not really answering the question you posted. I just wanted to offer what came to my mind when I read your post. *smile*

And... if my words are complete bollocks... then there are lots of other suggestions here by other chickies!

Best wishes to all of us!

LotusMama
07-12-2010, 03:36 PM
I use skim milk and, although it took some getting used to, I don't even notice it anymore--it seems normal to me. I also recently discovered almond milk which is low in calories and tastes great in coffee. I also use stevia to sweeten my coffee.

J

Amy8888
07-12-2010, 03:52 PM
I think the best thing to do is to step down slowly. I'm good now with Splenda and 1% milk, and I could probably do skim if I had to. But it would be too hard to go straight from cream to skim, maybe go from cream to whole milk, then to 2%, then to 1%. Once you've gotten used to the lower fat content of the milk, switch to a no-cal sweetener.

springjacka
07-12-2010, 07:31 PM
Thanks everyone for the input! I greatly appreciate it. :)

I don't know if I could switch to black coffee, but its definitely worth a try. ;)

Its kinda funny how some of you mentioned using milk instead of cream. I honestly never thought about it. We drink 1% milk as a family, so its always around. I grew up with my parents and grandparents always buying/using cream for coffee, so that is just what I have done. Perhaps my first step should be to get rid of the cream - out of the frig and off the grocery list. I'm going to give this a try in the morning. :) The next step will be to tackle the sweet part...

What is the Stevia sweetener that was mentioned? I've never heard of it before.

GradPhase
07-12-2010, 07:36 PM
I would love to be cool enough to drink black coffee. Right now I use either skim milk and table sugar, or fat free flavored creamer.

..I'm going to work on it. Great info, ladies!

pinkflower
07-12-2010, 07:41 PM
oh gosh. When I first started, I'd use 2 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of flavored full fat creamer! Now I use 1/2-3/4 tablespoon of sugar and 2 oz 1% milk. I also switched to having it every other day, which I think helps. I looooooooove my coffee. Love it, and it is revolting to me black! I know it' still a lot of sugar, but I don't like sugar alternatives, not the taste or the ideas of the chemicals

Anyway, I just tried some creamer, and it tastes way too thick and chemically for me now, even at 1 tbs so I'm glad I switched to milk. Maybe skim milk is next on my list. It's funny how our tastes have to get used to the full fatty, high calorie foods!

westernsoutherngirl
07-12-2010, 09:03 PM
I just cold turkey dropped the sugar and started drinking my coffee with skim milk only. It turned out to be way easier than I thought.

Ellie Hastings
07-12-2010, 11:11 PM
Sometimes I will also do a packet of Truvia and a tinny bit of vanilla extract which just gives me a flavor of sweet. :)

What an excellent idea re the vanilla extract! When I first began drinking coffee I always drank it black b/c I didn't have the patience to deal with the cream and sugar. But in the early '90s I got hooked on flavored coffees and now use creamer to bring out the taste. I gave up the sugar, but the creamer I desparately need. I think I'll try the vanilla extract and also almond milk someone mentioned upthread.

Thanks for the tip! :coffee:

aliquot
07-13-2010, 02:47 PM
Coffee-mate has low fat and no sugar creamers, you could try those.

Or just milk and artificial sweetener. My mum doesn't like skim milk in her coffee because it isn't thick enough, so she actually buys this brand called "skim plus" which is like...concentrated skim milk. It tastes the same as milk but has more protein and vitamins and a little creamier consistency.

Also to answer your question, stevia is a sweetener extracted from the stevia plant. It is marketed as "PureVia" or "Truvia". They are just allowed to drop the word "artificial" because it is derived from a plant, but it works the exact same way that other sweeteners do. Basically, your "sweet" taste receptors bind and send the sweet message to your brain, but your body doesn't break down the molecules into something usable as energy.

springjacka
07-14-2010, 11:37 AM
Also to answer your question, stevia is a sweetener extracted from the stevia plant. It is marketed as "PureVia" or "Truvia". They are just allowed to drop the word "artificial" because it is derived from a plant, but it works the exact same way that other sweeteners do. Basically, your "sweet" taste receptors bind and send the sweet message to your brain, but your body doesn't break down the molecules into something usable as energy.

Ok, thanks! I have never heard of it and had no idea what it was exactly. I appreciate the info. :)

SCraver
07-16-2010, 02:51 PM
Sometimes I use non-fat powdered milk in my coffee. I stir in a spoonful. It works well, b/c it tastes WAY creamer than skim milk.

Gogirl008
07-16-2010, 06:48 PM
Hi springjacka. I drink a lot of coffee too. I have tried and tried to switch to skim milk and I just can't do it. I know I'll never drink it black either. I'm hooked on sweet and light. For me, the compromise is to use Coffee-mate sugar free French Vanilla. I use the powder. I can add as much or as little as I want. I know it's not the healthiest choice, but I find it's about 30-45 calories per coffee and I absolutely love it.

ringmaster
07-17-2010, 11:38 PM
coffee is something I haven't given up yet, and sometimes I don't think I should since it's sometimes enough to steer me away from sweets, cakes and cookies.

I can drink it with a packet of splenda and the new So Delicious coconut milk or I use the Coffee Mate or International Delight creamers with no sugar or sweetener, they are sweet on their own. If I am out and having coffee I'll have skim milk (very rarely, I try not to drink regular milk) or one of those packets of regular creamer with a pack of splenda.

I would miss coffee too much, and I feel it isn't a real diet breaker when the creamers are used in moderation (60 calories in the creamer vs. 300 calories of cake)

Also, cinnamon is nice to add sometimes, it gives a hint of sweetness and flavor...and makes me feel like I'm drinking a Starbuck's coffee. =p

springjacka
07-19-2010, 11:30 AM
Also, cinnamon is nice to add sometimes, it gives a hint of sweetness and flavor...and makes me feel like I'm drinking a Starbuck's coffee. =p

I am definitely going to have to try this! I absolutely love Starbucks!! The closest one to me is about 40 minutes away, which is probably a blessing in disguise because I'm sure I would stop in everyday if it were right here in my little town...