Carl Daikeler, CEO of Beachbody
So what is wrong with coffee creamer? It’s full of JUNK! The first three ingredients are Water (Ok), Sugar (not ok) and Vegetable oil (YUCK!) then the laundry list begins of all the other non-food ingredients and stuff (junk) that your body has a hard time breaking down.
If you are a creamer-a-holic like me..you add more cream than coffee, this is for you! I’ve been trying to find something that I could drink consistently. I’m not giving up coffee..just not going to to do. I like it. I like drinking my hot coffee in the morning while I work or do my devotions. I like coffee mugs! And, according to WebMD, “coffee has a very strong antioxidant capacity”..sweet! There have been many other articles written that show the benefits of coffee..it’s the junk we put in our coffee that masks them.
After doing some research, here is my substitute to Coffee-Mate that I’ve been drinking for a while.
1. Liquid Stevia-I use Sweet Leaf that I get from Kroger
Stevia leaf has no calories, is 100% natural, grown in Brazil and contains potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron and vitamin B3. It is also 300 times sweeter tasting than sugar…that’s amazing for someone that LOVES sweet stuff!
Cinnamon is a spice that lower blood sugar, reduces heart disease, boost cognitive processing and may even help reduce cellulite…one of the main reasons I started adding it! Plus, it just tastes good!
3. Coconut Oil-The mother ingredient and best thing out there!
Coconut oil increases energy, helps burn fat (fat burning coffee! yes, please!), has lauric acid (also found in human breast milk) that kills bacteria and fungus, is a natural appetite suppressant, improves blood cholesterol levels, may help prevent heart disease, increases brain function and could help increase thyroid health. (I told you it was good!)
I’ll be honest, it takes a while to get used to because creamer tastes so good! But like anything that needs to be eliminated, the benefits outweigh the taste. Plus, you get used to it and it becomes a part of your daily life.
I will never forget a former student of mine that while on a school trip to California, he would pack a to go container full of breakfast food (because it was free!) and when we asked why he was doing that, he stated the he didn’t want to spend his money on food that he could eat for free. (that’s another blog post on finances) I was disgusted..how can he eat leftover eggs and cold biscuits..gross! But, something he said resonated with me and changed my outlook…he said “I don’t eat food because it has to taste good, I eat food to nourish my body.” Light bulb moment…not all healthy stuff tastes amazingly good especially if you have a sweet tooth, but eliminating the bad stuff, replacing with the good, your body eventually gets used to it and runs a lot better.
So I encourage you to DITCH THE COFFEE-MATE and try the above concoction.
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I’m a sugar-a-holic. Yes! I admit it. I love anything chocolate, anything sweet. I’m the one that used to eat Snickers and drink Dr. Pepper for breakfast then eat more sugar for lunch and for an afternoon snack because I felt jittery and self diagnosed myself as having low blood sugar. CRAZY!
I no longer eat Snickers or drink Dr. Pepper and have reduced my sugar intake tremendously. I don’t deny myself sweets, but I only eat them every once in a while. Usually for special occasions like birthday parties or some sort of celebration.
Wash hands very well and remove any jewelry. Combine all ingredients into a bowl (I use my Pampered Chef glass measuring bowl) and go to town mixing with your hands! Then roll into balls and press flat to make cookies. Stick in the freezer for a couple of hours and voila! I’m not a baker, I’m not a chef, I screw up most things I make, but I can do this! Keep refrigerated if you have any left over 😉
As a health and fitness coach, I’m constantly preaching “DRINK YOUR WATER!” because it is so important to be hydrated. As a busy mom, I’m always trying to get the water intake figured out. I’ve set out so many bottles of water, I’ve done the pretty water bottle container thing, the wrist band switch, the carry a gallon jug around method..honestly, I’VE TRIED IT ALL!
I was recently approached by a friend of a friend that knows I’m very health conscious..it’s my living, I am a product of the product and I believe in our workouts, dense nutrition and being hydrated, but what I didn’t realize was that I stressed about my water intake. I just don’t drink enough. Period. So about 3 weeks ago, I decided to give structured water a try and I’ve been truly amazed. Here’s what my routine looked like 3 weeks ago:
Alarm 1 4:30 am (hit snooze for several more rounds)
Get up 5:30am
Drink pre-workout and do devotional
CRASH! NEED CAFFEINE AGAIN 3:00pm
Hubby gets home 6:30pm and I’m done
Bed by 8:00pm
5:00-5:30 am Devotion
5:30-6:00am BUST OUT AN INCREDIBLE INSANITY MAX 30 WORKOUT! (yes, I can actually tell a difference in my workouts!)
6:00-9:00pm INCREASED ENERGY AND DECREASED FATIGUE AND NO CRASH AT 3:00PM.
How do you know if you are hydrated? Your urine should be almost clear. I know, gross, but it’s the truth. After drinking one bottle of H9, I feel good and hydrated.
Also, did you know that 7% of Americans don’t even drink an ounce of water? So many people do not understand the importance of being hydrated and things like migraines and back issues could be alleviated by HYDRATION.
Another reason, I decided to drink structured H9 water is to be the example for my kids. This is one thing that they will drink. My picky boy is now going to the bathroom (#2) every single day and my ADHD 12 year old is feeling better and her acne is getting better. What have we changed? We’ve added H9 into the plan.
Now, GO DRINK YOUR WATER!