Morning blog world! Are you a coffee drinker? For some reason I never hopped on the coffee bandwagon until I was 25! There always seems to be conflicting information on coffee – it’s good for you one day, and bad for you the next. I think coffee has its place in your daily diet, the important thing is what you put in it!
There are a lot of choices in the coffee creamer department. Before you purchase one again, take a look at the label. Here’s one that I used to buy before I knew better:
INGREDIENTS: WATER, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARRAGEENAN.
I can’t believe that I was willingly putting this in my coffee! Corn syrup, trans fats and GMO’s. (Genetically Modified Organisms- this deserves its own post-check back soon). Bottom line, if you can’t pronounce it, or don’t know what it is, don’t eat it! So what’s the best alternative? You can just use some milk, almond milk, or half and half. I’m really pushing organic dairy on this one. Let me explain why.
This is the brand I buy if I want half and half.
Organic Grade A Milk, Organic Grade A Cream.
See how nice that is – milk and cream!
Now lets compare that to a non-organic half and half.
I picked a low fat one since most people would believe that to be healthier.
Milk, Cream, Contains less than 1.5% of the following: Whey Protein Concentrate Carrageenan, Potassium Citrate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Color Added (Ingredient not in regular half & half).
Which half and half sounds better to you?
Can’t say it enough- as a country, we are eating entirely too much sugar. I recommend slowly phasing white table sugar out of your life. You will feel better, I promise! If you need to sweeten your coffee, try maple syrup (make sure it’s 100% real), honey, or stevia. If you use a lot of sugar currently, try to reduce it a little at a time.
If you are feeling crafty you can even make your own coffee creamers at home! Head on over to Deliciously Organic for a tutorial. I’ve made several of her creamers and they are delicious!
*Organic and Fair Trade Coffee would be the cleanest/most ethical option. Flavored coffee tends to be artificially flavored. However, take this process one step at time. Make removing chemical creamers your first move!