So I started the new year on a health kick (so original, I know) but I am still going strong. My husband and I joined the local YMCA and have been alternating days hitting the gym in the morning before work. The biggest change I have made though, is to my diet. I started by counting calories (which I still do) but I felt like I also needed to change the way I ate. I had been reading things about ‘Clean Eating’ back when I was having trouble getting pregnant with my second child. I cut back on processed foods back then, but just slightly. This time around I am really trying to eat clean, and I have noticed a huge difference not only in my weight (lost 10 pounds in 2 months, thank you very much) but in my skin, my energy levels and my overall mood.
I have found all sorts of healthy substitutions for my old staples… brown rice pasta, greek yogurt to replace mayo in my tuna, you get it. However, there is one unhealthy vice that I cannot quit. My coffee creamer. My delicious Italian sweet cream creamer. It is liquid heaven. I can easily go through a giant sized bottle in a week. I should also add that I drink A LOT of coffee. Coffee makes me happy. I like it to taste good.
However, this creamer that I love so much is not considered a ‘clean’ option, so I have been looking for a replacement, and it is NOT going well. If you google ‘Clean Eating” coffee creamers, a ton of ideas and recipes come up. My healthy friends have shared their suggestions.
|My healthy friends annoy me|
I bought all the healthy creamers they have at Whole Foods. I have tried soy creamers, coconut milk creamers. So far, they all suck. (in comparison to my true love) One popular clean eating site has a very well reviewed recipe. I got the ingredients… gave it a whirl.. and NO. Just NO.
|I tried to like this, I really did.|
Currently, I have been using organic half and half with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (ironic, I know based on the previous text). I will have one or two cups with this healthier concoction, and then I allow myself one serving of the creamy heaven. Everything in moderation, right?