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2/25/10 3:44 P

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This may sound a little weird, but, I like Orange Seville coffee that is ground with little bits of orange peel in it. Then I add 3 or 4 shakes of cinnamon and either light vanilla soymilk or Almond Breeze. My morning would not be complete without 2 mugs of this brew!

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2/15/10 8:04 P

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i too love coffee and have no intention of giving it up. i like kona the best. if i'm feeling decadent, i add almond breeze, stevia, and unsweetened cocoa powder. it's a great sugar free mocha, and the real cocoa powder gives the coffee some body. sometimes i also add a tiny bit of orange drink powder and it tastes just like those chocolate covered jelly sticks!

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2/15/10 7:11 P

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My favorite is Silk Soy Creamer at only 20 cals/Tbsp and no cholesterol. I love the taste of coffee too much to forgo, but I also have started alternating with Yerba Mate tea when I work nights because it has a paradoxical effect of energizing while calming. I find I can actually sleep after it, whereas coffee keeps me unable to sleep after my shift.

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2/15/10 12:13 P

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Check out some of the "heartier" teas such as chai, vanilla chai, some flavored with ginger, etc. No calories, but an amazing flavor.

As for coffee, another option is Almond Breeze unsweetened chocolate (or vanilla) flavored milk. Low in calories, high in health. You can add a bit of the sweetner of your choice.

Good luck!

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TAMNTN's Photo TAMNTN Posts: 2,199
2/15/10 11:59 A

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Oh, the link is for So Delicious brand. Soooo hoping Kroger will get it in my store!!!

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Oooo! I heard that Coconut Milk Creamer was very good. I live in a rural town and only one grocery store, Kroger, carries some health food store type items. My store, of course, does not carry the new So Delicious coconut milk creamer but some of the other stores in Nashville do. So I put in a request with the Manager to carry it at our store too. They have the silk stuff, but I avoid all soy due to thyroid. If they ever stock, I will try that too. Amazon didn't have any type of coconut creamer so I ordered the MimicCreme through them and I do love that. But want to try the coconut creamer too because I have heard rave reviews. Never heard of the Turtle Mountain brand...will check your link out. THANKS!

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2/15/10 10:29 A

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My thing is...I go overboard! It tastes so good with the sweetened creamer and then that's all I want. I had a horrible caffeine withdrawl headache yesterday and couldn't even study. I might go back to the store today and get some more coffee b/c I'm out of my vanilla sweetener. I won't be going to whole foods anytime soon, so when I do I might check out that creamer.

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YOLANDE_AU Posts: 3
2/15/10 4:18 A

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I switched to coffee this year, when I gave up diet soft drink (I decided the chemicals in soft drink had to go first, then the caffeine). I found that light soy milk tastes sweeter than cowís milk, so now I use soy. I also started by putting in up to three teaspoons of caramel coffee flavour stuff (which is probably all sugar!, and sold by most major coffee chains). Over the weeks I have reduced it, so I slowly get used to the coffee taste. This week, I havenít needed to add any sugar stuff, just milk. I guess the next part is to reduce the amount of soy milk until I can drink it black! (but Iím in no hurry to do this).

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2/14/10 11:04 P

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I LOVE turtle mountain's coconut milk creamer (and all of their coconut products for that matter):
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Before this stuff came out I was using international delight which was vegan but so unhealthy with corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. This stuff is much better tasting and made with better ingredients! I use the vanilla flavor which is only 20 cal per serving and enough to sweeten my coffee just the way I like it. The only place I've been able to find it is Whole Foods.



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2/14/10 5:10 P

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Hi Fitmich! I got the boutique too...well, just ordered it, but it will be on it's way soon I hope. I am soooo loving this stuff and so excited because it's good for me! Definitely a keeper!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :)

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FITMICH Posts: 60
2/14/10 3:49 P

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I add a vote for Teechino.

http://www.teeccino.com/quitting.aspx

It's not exactly like coffee but it may help you cut down on the amount you drink. I recently ordered their boutique flavors and am really enjoying them..especially the vanilla and caramel nut. I'm not a big fan of most flavored coffees but these don't have the same "fake" flavoring. Also, I can drink teechino at any time of the day that I want the feeling of having coffee without the caffeine.

Currently, I drink coffee in the morning but for a while I was off coffee and used Teechino exclusively. It worked great. I was working 60-70 hour work weeks and didn't use any caffeine to get through them.

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2/14/10 11:41 A

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I have two half cups of coffee in the morning with a half teaspoon of honey and a dash of milk - makes my
day - I like tea in the afternoon, but I like my
morning coffee and don't drink too much - I went
without coffee for a few years - like it in small
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2/13/10 6:56 P

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For me part of a healthy diet goes beyond vegan, it is trying to consume mostly Alkaline foods. I LOVE the smell and taste of coffee (with tons of creamer and sugar in it) so when I went on a healthy eating plan, I not only chose vegan for better health and to hopefully cure symptoms I have from an inner ear imbalance but also to be kinder to animals and the Earth. But I also gave up all things that were toxic to my body such as caffeine and all refined products, including sugar. I have SERIOUSLY been missing my hot coffee during this cold winter! I just found Teeccino Herbal Alternative coffees and I love it. I use Mimicreme for cooking and homemade vegan ice cream and I used it in my Teeccino "coffee" today with Sweet Leaf Stevia and I was in heaven. It is amazingly good. I won't go so far as saying it tastes like coffee, but it is as close as I think I will ever get. But it tastes so good and smelled good while brewing, I know this is a perfect substitute for me. And the whole thing...the Teeccino, the Mimicreme and the Stevia are all Alkaline-yayyyy!

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2/11/10 9:30 P

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You know, I used to be a coffee fiend. When I lived in Raleigh for a short time I came across a place that sold loose tea. I fell in love! I was still drinking coffee daily and only drinking tea as a treat (it is pricey). Once I moved up to Arlington this past summer, I realized I missed the yummy teas and that coffee was wreaking havoc on my body including my hormones (age, I think). So I switched completely to tea (unless I go out someplace and Really want coffee. I still havent found a place up here to buy good loose teas so I have just been buying it at the store. I think Teavana is a bit far for me.

Know of any good tea places closer to North Arlington?

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I did the same thing a few days ago and I totally forgot! haha

And you're welcome for posting about Teavana! It's a bit of an investment, especially depending on the tea you get, but it's well worth it. I consider it an investment in health. Hope you find something you like!

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2/11/10 7:54 P

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You know, I have never heard of Teeccino. I just went to the website and actually signed up for a free sample, so thanks!

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I second the Teecino suggestion. It's the only thing I've ever found that makes me happy when I want coffee & shouldn't drink it. It's not decaf, it's herbal, so caffeine free.

Thanks to the poster who mentioned the Teavana shop. They just opened one up near me and I keep walking right by, but I think I'll stop in now. Celestial Seasonings hasn't been doing it for me lately.

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2/8/10 12:54 P

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Thanks for all the suggestions :) Its pouring down outside so I haven't been able to go to the store this morning and am sipping on my tea! Its keeping me awake (only the Lord knows how I'm making it on 4 hrs of sleep today). I think I'm going to try and kick coffee to the curb too...just b/c it seems like I'm going from one crutch to another.

Thanks for your wonderful suggestions!!!

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TREEBW's Photo TREEBW Posts: 2,493
2/8/10 9:54 A

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Not sure if you are vegan or not:

I like mine with some non-fat milk and occasionally a touch of sugar in the raw or honey. Granted, I quit drinking coffee for the most part and now mainly drink tea.

My daughter likes hers with vanilla Silk soy milk and sometimes a hazelnut syrup.

However...This weekend...yum...I did drink some de-caf and I added (to the coffee grinds) some cinnamon and some real cocoa (the stuff with out sugar or anything, just cocoa--can be used for baking and such). Once it was ready I had mine with milk, my daughter had her soy milk. It was good.

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This is going to sound totally dorky that I know all this stuff, but I worked at a tea store over the holidays so I had to learn all of this. I love coffee as much as the next person, especially with all the yummy creams and sugars and all that fun stuff that makes it taste like dessert in a cup. On the occasion that I go to Starbucks I'll get non-fat milk which cuts down on the calories significantly and doesn't really change the flavour. However, I stay away from "sugar-free" sweeteners because they're loaded with all sorts of chemicals. But I've tried to cut down on coffee and make it a special occasion thing because of the fact that it makes you jittery and dehydrates you.

So I'll suggest tea and here's why. Each type of tea has a different amount of caffeine, and tea won't give you the jitters. Because of the polyphenol in tea, it absorbs into your bloodstream more slowly and constantly, whereas coffee jumps in and jumps right out when it's done, giving you that crash. If you want to look for a tea with the same amount of caffeine as coffee, try a Mate tea. Black has 20% the amount (so you need five cups for each cup of coffee you'd drink), oolong has 10-15%, green 5-10%, and white 1-2%. Herbals are naturally caffeine free. And, not to mention, the helps benefits of tea are enormous, and it won't dry you out like coffee does.

I know a lot of coffee drinkers are anti-tea, and it's because a lot of people have only had low-quality tea. Did you know that the stuff in most tea bags is the garbage from the bottom of the barrel after they collect the loose-leaf tea? For some people it works perfectly fine, but some people just don't like it. If you want to try some nice quality tea, try Teavana.com. This is the store I worked at and they sell really high quality tea. It's all loose-leaf, but that makes it so much better. It's a bit pricey, but their English Breakfast or Earl Grey (both black teas) are really reasonably prices. And if you wanted to try a mate, I'd suggest the Samurai Chai Mate. It has a really nice cinnamon spiciness to it that's great for the cold winter months, and it'll give you the same caffeine as coffee. I know this isn't really what you asked, but I just thought I'd offer the suggestion. Hope this helps!

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2/8/10 9:44 A

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try teeccino coffee substitute - comes in differeent flavours.
www.teeccino.com

try agave nectar instead of refined sugar

Not sure what to use instead of cream or creamers, maybe almond milk?

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I got off the coffee kick years ago as it was wreaking havoc on my digestive system. I switched to black tea, (typical stuff in stores) and was drinking that all day every day.

Since Jan 2nd I stopped that too. I switched to green tea in the morning, and non "tea" based teas for the remainder of the day.

I did get some lovely headaches the first week or so, and now I don't need that "up" drink like I used to. Infact, made the mistake of having a green tea before bed the other day, that was funny, I was bouncing off the walls... Glenn laughed at me. :-) In a good way.



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2/8/10 8:18 A

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I drink mine black.
If you don't like the coffee you are drinking, how about a change-up to some Sumatra or a nice breakfast blend, medium..... Try some of those 'little' sugar sticks to stir with.Just to take the edge off. If you can't drink coffee without all the 'stuff'.. maybe try ovaltine, or hot chocolate.



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2/8/10 7:37 A

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Good morning!

I drink mine black, too!

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You may try herbal tea with caffaine. Your caffaine content maygo up but at the same time your calorie intake would come down.

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Uhh, I drink it black :-) Does sound like a no-win question to me: anything which makes coffee 'creamier' (yuckier!) is probably full of fat and calories regardless of what it's made of. I use a few drops of vanilla from time to time when I feel like a different taste.


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Rice milk is sweet in coffee, you can get silk creamer. As for sweetners, how about honey or cane sugar?

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Late night studying, a 2 yr old that won't nap, and a very tired hubby after work keep me up late and get me up early in the morning. I'm off the diet cokes (yeah for me!!!), but need some caffeine to get my booty going in the morning. I was using some yucky for you, but absolutely yummy tasting coffee creamer but the calories are way to much to keep that going. Any suggestions? Oh, yes I like my coffee with a little bit o coffee, lot of extras! My favorite yucky for you creamer is the chocolate carmel one from international coffeehouse (???). I'm trying to kick the coffee habit too, but just taking it one day at a time.

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