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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Coffee Joy

I am a coffee drinker and I always have my morning coffee, strong with creamer and sweetner...you need to know this to know why I'm so excited about what I discovered this week. :)

The other day I bought some half-n-half for a soup recipe. I decided to compare the calories in it with my non-fat, non-dairy powdered creamer that I usually use in my coffee. I was surprised to find out that for 2 Tbsp. of creamer the half-n-half had 20 calories LESS.

That's right. While the non-dairy, non-fat powdered creamer is 60 calories for 2 Tbsp., the half-n-half is only 40 calories.

So I switched over to the half-n-half. I mean, goodness it's real milk and it's less calories. I'm still getting used to the flavor, but it's fine. I usually drink Starbucks or Seattle's Best coffee at home and so with the half-n-half I feel like I'm sipping a drink right from the cafe. :)

Oh, and in case you're wondering why I don't switch down to non-fat milk or going black....

Well, I've already gone from using 3-4 Tbsp. of the powdered creamer down to making it a tad not-so-strong and limiting myself to 2 Tbsp.

I only drink about 2 cups a day, unless I'm really cold and not feeling like hot tea (which I also like). Those 80 calories are so worth it to me, and even more now since they're not the approximately 180 calories a day I was drinking before. :)


  1. coffee is one of those things that I don't think I can give up. I use the flavoured creamer and account for it for me it's worth the calories...maybe one day I will switch but for now I work it in and then work it off :-)

  2. That is awesome that you found an alternative that you like :-)

  3. Still working on the coffee! It's interesting that the real stuff has less calories than the other isn't it? I often find that when I compare the low-fat versions to the regular. Often the calorie difference is negligible and the taste is 100 times better. Good for you on reading the labels!

  4. I think that's a wonderful discovery! And the 1/2 and 1/2 is not as processed, either.

    I have a latte now and then. Good stuff.

  5. Doesn't creamer also have partially hydrogenated oil in it?

    I love(d) coffee. I gave it up years ago but will occasionally partake. I buy coffee-smelling candles in the mean time. Maybe I'll light one now!

  6. I love coffee too! I have found that good, fresh roasted coffee doesn't need creamer (at least for me). Once it has been roasted a couple of weeks that changes though.