Raise your hand if you’ve ever uttered these words: “I’ll eat kale and unseasoned chicken breast for the rest of my life… just don’t make me give up my coffee creamer!”
We hear ya.
At Prescribe Nutrition, we’re all about enjoying the foods (and drinks) you love most and finding ways to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle. But we really love it when we can swap out an old favorite for a new, healthier version that still satisfies our cravings.
Which is why we’ve put together this list of better-for-you coffee creamers. They have all the creamy deliciousness of your old favorite creamer without any of the junk (think: hydrogenated oils a.k.a. trans fats, sugar, more sugar, artificial flavors, canola oil, soybean oil, and more).
This plant-based creamer is made from coconut cream and almonds and is a great alternative to half-and-half. It comes in a variety of flavors (don’t worry – the natural flavors come from essences and extracts so we approve!) and has no added sugar or sweeteners!
Califia Farms Better Half
Califia Farms has both barista blend nut milks and plant-based creamers that are “full of the rich, creamy flavor you love without all the calories, sugar, and additives” of typical commercial creamers. They offer a variety of lightly sweetened, unsweetened, flavored, and original options.
Elmhurst 1925 is probably the “cleanest” option on the list. They use a unique processing technique that produces thick, creamy, full-flavored milks and creamers with no added gums or emulsifiers. In fact, all of their products have six or fewer ingredients (some only have two)! With options like hemp, oat, almond, and cashew bases you’re sure to find something you like.
Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer
Last, but not least, we had to include good ‘ol TJ’s coconut creamer. It’s a crowd favorite and although it’s not the best non-dairy option, it’s certainly a good upgrade from your typical dairy creamer. Plus, it’s easy to find at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s and comes at a very reasonable price.
If you’re really ready to make the leap, try forgoing creamer altogether and switching to an unsweetened or lightly sweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk (my favorite is Elmhurst’s super creamy milked cashews made with just cashews and water!). You can always add a few drops of organic stevia extract or a dash of cinnamon for added sweetness or flavor.
Tip: To see how your creamer stacks up against our picks, download an app like EWG Food Scores or Fooducate. These apps “grade” foods based on nutrition content, ingredients, and processing. Simply scan with a simple barcode scan using your phone!
You can also try making your own with one of our super simple, yummy recipes!
- 1 can full-fat or lite coconut milk
- Dash of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 drops of liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
- Blend in a food processor or blender and pour into a jar. Store in the fridge and add a spoonful or two to your morning cup.
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts (soaked 8 hours or overnight in water)
- 2 cups of filtered water
- Dash of hazelnut or vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey [or 5 drops stevia]
- Pinch of sea salt
- Rinse the hazelnuts with water. Add the rinsed hazelnuts to a high-speed blender with the water, vanilla, sweetener, and sea salt. Blend on high for one full minute or until nuts are finely pulverized.
- Strain the milk through a nut milk bag (simply pour the milk into the cloth and squeeze) in to a jar.
- Keep the creamer in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Give one of these a try and let us know what you think! If you’re gearing up for your Prescribe 20 you’ll definitely want to have one ready for your fridge. This way you won’t have to feel like you’re missing out on your morning routine!