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jessemejesseme Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
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This has probably been posted thousands of times, but...
Any suggestions on how to make coffee taste good and be healthier? I love my morning coffee. For my husband and son's sake, I need my cup or two. I also love cream and sugar in my coffee. I've tried the whole stevia route, but just cant get used to the aftertaste.


  • midwesterner85midwesterner85 Posts: 8,410Member Member Posts: 8,410Member Member
    Have you tried sucralose?

    TBH, I have done lots of different things - HWC and MCT oil when on keto, never been big on stevia, but often used sucralose. In the end, I discovered that I could get used to drinking it black if the quality is decent. When brewing at home, I buy beans from the roaster, grind right before brewing. My coffee machine stopped working Fri. and I'm already missing it while trying to get it repaired. But I still can get by drinking black coffee at a bit lower quality. At the office, we have a Keurig brewer, which I don't prefer over grinding/brewing my own. But it gets me by. It just took a couple weeks to get used to the taste of black coffee as I took away the cream and artificial sweeteners.
  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 10,659Member Member Posts: 10,659Member Member
    I had better luck getting used to coffee with no sweetener at all than with artificial sweetener. I drink diet soda all the time, but it just didn't taste right in coffee.

    I just had to ween myself down, started with less and less sugar until it was out. I still prefer my coffee with about a third of a cup of 2% milk, and I can live with that 40 cals.

    You could also try sugar-free coffee syrups that you can find on Amazon, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or flavored coffee beans.
    edited January 24
  • lin_belin_be Posts: 235Member Member Posts: 235Member Member
    I just add 1/2 & 1/2. It’s 40 cals for 2 tbsps!
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 7,423Member Member Posts: 7,423Member Member
    good beans and drink it black
    or if you need to
    skinny syrups are a thing too. add a splash of milk.
  • banditinkerbanditinker Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    I use a couple of Splenda packets and 2 TBSP. of Coffeemate sugar free hazelnut creamer in a large mug of coffee. It's worth the 40 calories to me!
  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 10,659Member Member Posts: 10,659Member Member
    I use a couple of Splenda packets and 2 TBSP. of Coffeemate sugar free hazelnut creamer in a large mug of coffee. It's worth the 40 calories to me!

    And that's what it really comes down to - balancing how many calories it's worth to you personally with what you need to do to get it to that calorie level. :smiley:
  • RomaineCalmRomaineCalm Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Have you tried date syrup? It's supposed to have more nutritional benefit than honey or molasses. Then add a splash of dairy or non dairy milk to lighten it up if you wish. I like coconut milk in mine.
  • Kathryn247Kathryn247 Posts: 321Member Member Posts: 321Member Member
    I put what I like in it and log the calories. Lately it's 40 calories of half and half and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The 40 calories are worth it to me!
  • amgreenwellamgreenwell Posts: 1,229Member Member Posts: 1,229Member Member
    splenda and almond milk sea salt caramel creamer
  • dechowjdechowj Posts: 73Member Member Posts: 73Member Member
    I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but a friend of mine uses caramel premier protein shakes as her creamer to make iced coffee.
  • jessemejesseme Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    Thanks for all the suggestions!
    For me, it’s less about calories and more about sugar and saturated fats.
  • AudreyJDukeAudreyJDuke Posts: 905Member Member Posts: 905Member Member
    Great ideas!
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 647Member Member Posts: 647Member Member
    crazyravr wrote: »
    Step nine - drink you coffee and enjoy and zero calorie heavenly tasting and smelling black liquid

    ^^Just saying, coffee has 3 to 5 calories.

    I usually drink mine black, but for a treat, I add a teaspoon of Hills Brothers White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino. It’s 120 calories per serving (3 tablespoons), but I only use 1 tsp so it’s less than 20 calories and plenty sweet for me.
    edited January 25
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,219Member Member Posts: 5,219Member Member
    one cup of coffee for me is like 40 calories. I just use regular milk and tsp or so of sugar.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 35,555Member Member Posts: 35,555Member Member
    Good coffee starts with good beans and freshly grinding them. For the most part I drink my coffee black because I want to taste that delicious bean. I prefer a medium roast...occasionally my wife will pick up a dark roast which is a bit bitter for my taste and in those situations I just add a little 1/2 and 1/2 to cut it.
  • callmecarinacallmecarina Posts: 145Member Member Posts: 145Member Member
    Cashew milk! If you like creamy, sweet coffee then a few oz. of cashew milk and add sweetener as needed.

    I usually use almond milk because it's easier and cheaper to buy shelf stable than cashew milk is. But if I have a choice I use creamier cashew milk. Less calories, it's an interesting (in a GREAT way) flavor and can be a lot more creamy than almond milk. Plus you get to control the amount of sugar! I use turbinado sugar for the richer flavor, and this makes me feel like I need less.

    Also, I have found almond milk chai to be an amazing coffee substitute when I'm at a coffee shop. That, or a cafe au lait. It's less milk than a normal latte because it's about half coffee half milk, so there's a calorie reduction there.

    Since switching dairy milk with nut-alternatives, I've found the beverage side of things to be so much more weight-loss friendly. And I feel a smidge better about being environmentally conscious, but take that with a grain of salt. :P
  • sandy061988sandy061988 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Monkfruit was a life saver for me when I was totally off of real sugar. It is literally the only artificial sweetener that I can tolerate. I want to enjoy coffee without sugar but I just have to have it sweetened.
    edited January 29
  • ci_svufan223ci_svufan223 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    I just use International Delight Sweet Cream in mine. I measure out one tablespoon and just drink it that way. I don’t need sugar cause the creamer is sweet enough on its own. It’s the only way I can drink it.
  • MsBuggityMsBuggity Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Try different types of stevia. Some taste better than others. If you have a Trader Joe's by you, theirs is good. You can also look for one called Sweet Drops by SweetLeaf.

    Lastly, I've not tried it, but heard a bit of protein powder can make it better, too.
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