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KATEC0431 SparkPoints: (563)
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2/8/13 9:05 A

Thanks, everyone! I'll be trying some of these ideas for sure because I won't be drinking it black lol.

ARMYWIFE0703 SparkPoints: (12,085)
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2/8/13 8:51 A

2 pkgs of Nectresse and 2 TBS of 1% milk!

ZIIVEN Posts: 34
2/8/13 8:47 A

light vanilla soy milk

HEALTHYSTEPS1 SparkPoints: (2,344)
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2/8/13 8:46 A

milk or cream

LEDIRETSE SparkPoints: (51,366)
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2/8/13 8:44 A

1 teaspoon sugar and milk

POPSECRET SparkPoints: (50,104)
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2/8/13 8:04 A

I only ever have 1% milk at my house, but when I make it at work or order it out i'll usually get whole milk in it

AMARISRON Posts: 1,205
2/8/13 8:01 A

Mostly I drink it black but sometime I put rice milk

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,733
2/8/13 2:42 A

First cup of coffee in the morning, I add 2% milk (this is the only kind of milk we keep in the house; DH won't drink anything else and we use so little milk, I can't justify buying more than one kind.) and a packet of artificial sweetener.

It's not that I don't like the flavor of the coffee I buy-- it's so I can cool that first cup down enough, that I can suck it all down at one go and get that caffeine flowing. I've tried just putting an ice cube in it but prefer cooling it with milk. After the first cup, it's black for any more.


HEALTHYCATH13 SparkPoints: (3,667)
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2/7/13 11:58 P

I add 2 Tbsp of fat free half and half and a Tbsp sugar free Titanic vanilla syrup. Felisha!

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
2/7/13 10:37 P

A little brown sugar & skim milk if available. Otherwise, a little creamer.

ALISALEA SparkPoints: (22,430)
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2/7/13 10:25 P

I usually drink mine black, but occasionally use sugar free flavored syrup. I think the brand I have is Torani, butt there are several available.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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2/7/13 9:15 P

BREWMASTERBILL - that's not creepy at all. Really. ;)

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
2/7/13 9:12 P

I use whipping cream. Just the cream. No artificial stuff or sweetening. It's luscious and so satisfying for me.

NIKKIKERN12 Posts: 766
2/7/13 8:06 P

coffeemate has some wonderful sugar free options that are 15 calories per tbsp and yes better coffee :)

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (24,271)
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2/7/13 5:45 P

I used to have two tablespoons of flavored cream and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a cup coffee. at least 4 cups a day. over 300 calories. i slowly cut it down over time. 1st i started with using less sugar. then i cut down the cream. sometimes i use milk to help with my calcium intake, i still sometimes use flavored cream, just not as much and not as often.

what about flavored coffee?

on the plus side, once i got used to having my coffee without the extra cream and sugar it cut a chunk of calories out of my day.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/7/13 5:18 P

I kind of trained myself to drink it black just to avoid extra calories, but I used to use sugar-free coffeemate and that was very good. Just make sure you track those cals!

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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2/7/13 5:15 P

I like my coffee how I like my women. Ground up and in the freezer. emoticon

PJANTO Posts: 79
2/7/13 5:00 P

I use 1 tablespoon for 20 calories. I measure it out. It seems to add the same richness as more of the other stuff.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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2/7/13 3:59 P

2 tablespoons of half and half. 40 calories, 3 grams of fat. What brand of coffee are you drinking? I do agree with buying better tasting coffee.

BOKJOY SparkPoints: (1,941)
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2/7/13 3:52 P

I agree with the posters who say, drink better coffee so you don't need creamer! :)

Otherwise, I just use skim milk. Soy milk is good, too, because it is naturally a little sweet.

PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
2/7/13 3:50 P

unsweetend almond milk by silk... 30 calories a cup

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
2/7/13 3:47 P

Whole milk or black.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/7/13 2:11 P

I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I always used skim milk, so my coffee wasn't overly creamy anyway and it didn't bother me to switch.

PJANTO Posts: 79
2/7/13 1:19 P

I enjoy my first cup with cream (half and half or heavy) and splenda, sweet like dessert, and drink it black the rest of the day. I make sure I measure out 1 tablespoon of cream though. Just 1 T of straight cream makes it much richer than the powders or flavored creamers. You can then sweeten with your preferred sweetner. Try flavoring with vanilla or almond extracts in your cup, or adding cocoa powder or pumpkin pie spice in with the grounds before brewing if you enjoy flavored coffee.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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2/7/13 1:18 P

I usually drink my coffee with nestle fat free flavored creamers... takes the place of cream and sugar, which is what I usually like in it

RASIRE Posts: 284
2/7/13 1:17 P

1-2 packets of sugar & a splash of cream

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
2/7/13 1:16 P

Either better coffee, as DRAGONCHILDE said, or switch to tea, as mentioned by BUNNYKICKS. When you say you can't drink it black, some clarification is needed ... is it because you don't like the flavor or because you have an adverse reaction to it? (I don't know why one would, but better not to exclude options, I guess) If the latter, then leaving coffee behind is probably best, but if the former ... clearly: better coffee!

But in answer to the question: nothing goes in the coffee, a.m. or p.m. However, if I want a treat:
- strong coffee, preferably from the Moka, but I'll take it from the French press.
- 1/4 cup soy milk (so 18-25 calories), nuked 45 seconds in a Pyrex measuring cup
- take a whisk to it, spun back and forth between my palms -- it will froth and volume will triple
- 1 tsp sugar (16 calories)

... pseudo-cappuccino. ~40 additional calories.

Aside: better than the whisk? Heat 1/4 cup soy milk (half and half is best ... but hey, we're cutting calories here!) as above, then pour into empty French press, put lid on it, and pump up and down somewhat vigorously for 30-seconds. You'll get a huge increase in volume and much finer bubbles/froth than with the whisk. The perfect pseudo-cappuccino results.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
2/7/13 12:06 P

I switched to tea, which i do often put milk/sugar into, but a lot less than what i put in my coffee.

I also had a fit when looking up Tim Horton's website for nutritional information on the infamous "Double Double" (ordinary black coffee, '2 cream 2 sugar') and found it was 250 CALORIES give or take?? For an average cup of ordinary brewed coffee? This may have been my biggest Menu Shock item to date.



RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/7/13 11:57 A

Nothing. Sorry, no advice available. emoticon

ORCHIDBLOSSOM Posts: 534
2/7/13 11:36 A

You can dilute it with water to take the edge of the bitterness, and eventually you'll just get used to it. That's what I did and now I drink it black every day. If you use anything, I'd go with almond or coconut milk.

OMENDER Posts: 219
2/7/13 11:28 A

Unsweetened vanilla almond milk- 1 cup has 40 calories. If you are used to very creamy coffee, it may take a bit to get used to it, but in most coffee and teas I like it.

KCLEVELAND5678 SparkPoints: (8,433)
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2/7/13 10:46 A

Sugar free coffeemate. I love it! I make sure to measure it out and count the calories every day.

ZORITSA Posts: 267
2/7/13 10:43 A

I drink two cups of coffee every morning,and I use a non-dairy creamer at 10 calories per tsp.I measure out 2 tsp. per cup and add my stevia.I can't drink it black either,but I have cut down on creamer.I also make sure I add those 40 calories to my journal.There are just some things I refuse to give up.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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2/7/13 10:39 A

Better coffee. :)

No, seriously!

If you need a lot of creamer to make your coffee palatable, you're not drinking the right coffee! Try a milder roast, or even a better brand, or try brewing it less strongly!

By switching to GOOD coffee, I can get away with much less creamer. There are light versions of almost everything; I would suggest even something like skim milk. It'll make it milder, without all those extra calories.

KATEC0431 SparkPoints: (563)
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2/7/13 10:37 A

I need my morning coffee but the creamer calories are killing me! And no, I can't just "drink it black." What are some lower-cal options you all use?

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