Healthy Coffee Creamer Alternatives
By Jackie Cartier
June 27, 2018
If you love coffee, like many of our staff, we have good news! We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to make your coffee creamier, a little sweeter, and add flavor without using the little pink and blue packets or the non-fat dairy creamers (that contain no cream) or the sugar-laden creamers you’ll find in the dairy aisle.
Experiment with different combinations and report back with your favorite flavors! Here are some combos that we enjoy:
- 1-2 Tbsp. cream + 1 or 2 drops of stevia + a dash of cinnamon
- 2 tsp-1 Tbsp. unsalted butter + drizzle (1/2 – 1 tsp) of maple syrup
- 1-2 Tbsp. coconut milk + drizzle (1/2 – 1 tsp) of honey + a dash of nutmeg or pumpkin spice
More about the Ingredients
Some of our suggestions may be unfamiliar and may lead you on a scavenger hunt through the grocery store to find them. To avoid that confusion, here are tips on where to find them and more information that may surprise you.
- Heavy Cream – This is heavy whipping cream which you’ll find in the dairy aisle. We recommend organic when possible.
- Full-fat canned coconut milk – Found near ethnic foods in the grocery store (never in the dairy aisle). Make sure you pick full-fat.
- Unsalted butter – Again, organic when possible. One of our favorite brands is Kerrygold which you can find in most stores.
- Unsweetened nut milk – Back into the dairy aisle with this ingredient, but be sure to look for the unsweetened milk as many products are absolutely loaded with sugar.
- MCT oil - MCT oil is a dietary supplement to help provide support for weight management and healthy energy levels.
- Coconut oil – Look for unrefined, organic coconut oil (often either near other oils or nut butters in the store) to be sure you’re getting a good quality oil.
- Honey – Local, organic honey is the best option for your body and the environment. Find some at the co-op or natural food store near you, or straight from a beekeeper!
- Real maple syrup – The name explains it, but just to reiterate, be sure you are buying real maple syrup.
- Liquid stevia drops – Drop in your favorite flavor (English toffee, vanilla crème, hazelnut and plain are good coffee options) and enjoy! Stevia doesn’t spike blood sugar like sugar does, so in small doses it’s a great alternative.
- Chocolate or Espresso Key Greens & Fruits – These are easy-to-mix, great tasting, nutrient-rich superfood formulas with the antioxidant power of 20+ servings of fruits & vegetables!
Cheers! One more thing before we go, if you’re consuming coffee all day because you’re feeling sluggish, take a look at this post sharing The Answers to Your Sleep Questions, Revealed or listen in to this Dishing Up Nutrition answering Why Am I Tired All the Time?
Learn more about why we recommend cutting out sugar and natural ways to get a boost of energy, beyond coffee.
- Online Class: Your Energy Solution: Real Food
- Read: Fat vs. Sugar: Which is to Blame for Western Disease?
- Read: Cutting Out Sugar? Where to Start?
- Listen: The Sugar Connection to Cancer