When I first decided to eat low carb, my coffee was my biggest stumbling block.
I used to drink my coffee with 2% milk and a couple tablespoons of sugar.
Yes, a couple of tablespoons. 😯
I experimented with several combinations for low carb coffee including Splenda (blech!), no cream (blech!), half & half, you name it.
Splenda is 1 carb per packet.
Many of the cream options were at least 1 carb per serving as well.
My biggest issue was that I started by limiting my intake to 20 net carbs a day.
I surely didn’t want to waste carbs in my coffee, considering how many cups I might like to drink in a day! That could add up quick, using up to half my daily limit on my coffee alone.
I’d much rather save my 20 carbs for good stuff! 😛 Fortunately I found a carb free coffee creamer, and a combination for my coffee that I absolutely love…
I switched to Heavy Whipping Cream and vanilla sugar-free coffee syrup.
(The photo to the right is from my recent camping trip.)
You want to check the labels when buying Heavy Whipping Cream, as some of them have 1 carb per serving. I always choose the zero carb brands such as Kroger brand or Purity.
Like I said, I don’t want to waste carbs in my coffee when there are better ways to spend them for the day! 😉
The Torani sugar-free syrups are fabulous. They use Splenda, but they don’t taste anything like using straight Splenda. They come in hazelnut, vanilla, french vanilla, chocolate, raspberry – and probably other flavors. I’ve found other uses for the syrups as well, including creating fun little desserts.
When ordering from coffee shops – including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and even McDonald’s – I often get an iced coffee “with whipping cream and sugar free vanilla syrup”.
I’m careful to specify “whipping cream” instead of “whipped cream” (big difference, lol).
If you’re looking for a carb free coffee creamer, go with Heavy Whipping Cream. It only takes a little (around a teaspoon per cup) to lighten your coffee. It’s very smooth, and makes a great creamer!