What should I put in my morning cup of Joe?

November 12, 2016




I get a lot of questions asking what is the best option to put in coffee,  half and half, non-dairy creamer, or milk. It can get confusing as there are a lot of options available to us.  I think this is a great topic to discuss because by itself, coffee is pretty healthy and very low in calories. But what we add to it can get us into trouble. For many people, what passes for coffee is really just a fancy milkshake with lots of added sugar and fat.


Commercial coffee creamers with flavors like Almond Joy and Thin Mint can be tempting, but don’t let the low-fat and sugar-free claims fool you into thinking they’re healthy. These products tend to be highly processed and packed with ingredients like trans fats, sugar and artificial additives. The good news is that there are plenty of natural creamers that will provide the same perk with some additional health benefits.


Bottom line is,  half and half and 1% milk are better choices than the non-dairy creamers. They are less processed and have more vitamins and minerals. But between these two dairy options, 1% milk is a better choice because it has less saturated fat and cholesterol than half and half.


If you are lactose intolerant, you may want to consider a soy, coconut, or almond milk.


If you prefer the commercial options, try gradually switching to 1% milk. You will get used to the difference in flavor and in no time will enjoy your healthier coffee just as much as your current choice.


Try making your own.......



  • 2 cups whole milk or almond milk (may also substitute with lower fat options such as 1 or 2% milk)

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Place all ingredients in your blender until combined. Pour into a container and store in the refrigerator and shake well before use!

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