Many people enjoy waking up and having a cup of coffee to get their day started. Instead of drinking plain black coffee, many coffee drinkers seem to enjoy drinking specialty coffees such as caramel cappuccinos topped with whipped cream. However, these specialty coffees are often high in calories, which can damage your weight loss goal if you are trying to cut your daily calories. Here are some tips on how to add flavor your coffee without adding calories.
Use Sugar-free Coffee Syrups
Adding sugar-free coffee syrup is a great way to add flavor to your coffee without any additional calories. Sugar-free coffee syrup can be purchased at your local grocery store or online. There are a variety of different flavors to select from such as hazelnut, vanilla, and raspberry. If you purchase your coffee from a coffee shop, be sure to ask the cashier if they offer sugar-free coffee syrups as an option to their customers.
Use Artificial Sweeteners
Many people love to add sugar to their morning coffee. However, each teaspoon of sugar can add over 16 additional calories to your coffee drink. If you are not able to cut the sugar from your coffee, you should try using artificial sweeteners such as Equal, NutraSweet, or Splenda. Although they taste sweeter than sugar, they are very low in calories when compared to sugar and are better for your teeth.
Replace Your Creamer
Another item people love to add to their morning coffee is creamer or half and half. It is estimated that one serving of regular creamer or half and half can add 20 calories to your coffee. Instead of using creamer, you should try to replace with 2% milk or fat-free milk. It may take some time to get use to but it shouldn’t make a huge difference in the taste of your coffee.
If you are not a fan of sugar-free coffee syrups or artificial sweeteners, then you should try adding a pinch or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to your coffee. Cinnamon adds a great mild flavor of sweetness to your coffee. As well as adding flavor, you can also receive health benefits from cinnamon such as lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
As you can see, you don’t have to drink plain black coffee to reduce your coffee calories. It is important to remember that you can still enjoy your coffee without adding hundreds of additional calories to it every day.
This is a Guest Post on the Espresso Deco Blog from Tanya Davis. Tanya Davis is a full-time writer with a passion for cooking and trying new recipes. She also enjoys writing about health and careers and regularly writes content for coding and billing schools