Do You Take Cream With Your Coffee?

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While black coffee is low in calories, making it tastier with cream and sugar can make it tricky to fit into your weight loss plan. Adding regular cream can coffee_cream-1-300x198quickly multiply the amount of calories and fat to your morning- or afternoon- drink. This is even before adding the flavored syrups and sugar! We’ll take a look at the different popular creamers to see how a simple change can make a big difference. Keep in mind this is measured per tablespoon, typically the amount in one cup, yet the average American drinks three cups per day!

Coffee-Mate (1 tbsp serving) 

  • Original Coffee Creamer- 20 calories
  • Fat Free Original Creamer- 10 calories
  • French Vanilla Creamer- 35 calories
  • Sugar Free French Vanilla- 15 calories
  • Vanilla Caramel Creamer- 35 calories

International Delight (1 tbsp serving)

  • French Vanilla Creamer- 45 calories
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer- 45 calories
  • Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer- 20 calories
  • Fat Free Vanilla Creamer- 30 calories

For a healthier alternative try using milk instead of cream. There are many different milk options that can enhance your coffee just like cream does almond-milk-pic-144x300but with less fat and calories.

  • 1 Tbsp 2% milk – 7.7 calories
  • 1 Tbsp. skim milk- 5.7 calories
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Soymilk or Almond Milk- 6 calories
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk- 2 calories

It might take a little getting used to, but it helps to start with half of the cream you typically use and half milk (maybe even ¾ cream, and ¼ milk). Slowly you can work your way down to only using milk. Soon you won’t even miss your old cream- or the calories!