Hello, hello friends! Let’s talk about one of my absolute favorite things today — coffee. I absolutely love getting up in the morning, brewing a fresh cup and sipping on a hazelnut latte while getting ready for the day. My go-to combination for the last year has been Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee with Coffeemate Hazelnut Creamer. It literally is such a yummy combination but unfortunately it is so dang bad for us and our bodies. Soooo, this year, I wanted to find a healthier alternative for my beloved Coffeemate creamer. While I can and do sometimes drink my coffee black, there is just something about a little bit of a creamy and smooth treat in the morning that just allows me to start my day off on exactly the right foot. Enter Prymal Coffee Creamer.
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Everyone has their preferences when it comes down to their morning cup of Joe. For me, I love a sweet and creamy coffee. However, I just can’t justify wasting my calories for the day on creamer alone; especially when considering the high amounts of chemical ingredients that equate to “putting vegetable oil into your coffee.” Plus, aside from the horrific evidence behind just how horrible this stuff is for your body, it just… didn’t make me feel that great in the mornings. By 10 am, I was slow and sluggish, ready for a nap and maybe another cup of coffee.
Why Coffeemate is So Bad
I’ll be the first to say it: I love the texture and the taste of Coffeemate Hazelnut Creamer. It’s delicious. But, with corn-syrup solids, partially hydrogenated soybean/cottonseed oil [high levels of trans fat], and sodium caseinate, this stuff is far from what you should be putting into your body straight away in the morning. In fact, many of these ingredients [if used excessively for long periods of time] can contribute to serious conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. [Read more here]
And, if you’ve seen my latest post, I talk about being on a weight loss journey this year! This requires me to make small steps towards my overall health and well-being every single day, starting with my morning coffee. I drank it black for a while, but I found myself really craving and missing the full-bodied flavor of a latte. And, for me, if I feel deprived of something, it really isn’t long until I break the diet altogether. Finding a healthy alternative was a must for me.
Connection to Visceral Fat
Taking the main stage for my weight loss has been my focus on visceral fat levels. Visceral fat is typically known as “belly fat,” and is the type of fat that surrounds your arteries and organs. It’s not beneath my skin [that’s subcutaneous fat], but instead is deeper and more difficult to lose. Visceral fat is linked to more dangerous health conditions like heart disease, strokes and high cholesterol. To focus on visceral fat, you’ve really got to take a closer look at your diet regime. [Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.] Particularly, you have to play close attention to the amount of trans fats you put into your body.
My visceral fat, according to my VeSyncFit scale, is at 13. I don’t know if that means 13 pounds, a percentage, I have no idea. All I know is that I want that to be down to 9 by the end of March. And, wouldn’t you know it: two things that contribute to visceral fats are high cortisol levels [high stress levels] and high trans fats. So, it’s time to cut the Coffeemate.
Prymal Coffee Creamer Saves the Day
I am happy to report that I’ve found the perfect alternative that I don’t have to feel guilty about. This creamer is so good that Aus even asks for a cup of coffee in the mornings, which very rarely happens. And believe me — if it wasn’t delicious, he wouldn’t be drinking it. Regardless of the health benefits.
Prymal was created specifically to provide an alternative to mainstream nondairy creamers like Coffeemate; the owner wanted to create a creamer that would allow her father to enjoy his coffee without contributing to his serious health conditions. Prymal Coffee Creamer has:
- No corn syrup
- No hydrogenated oils
- No titanium dioxide
- No artificial sweeteners
In addition, the creamer is non-GMO, vegetarian-friendly and keto-friendly. The ingredients consist of natural stevia, erythritol and medium chain tryglyceries [MCT oil], coconut oil and coconut milk.
I want to take a deeper dive into the ingredients of the products; particularly the ones I don’t know a lot about, such as erythritol and MCT oil. Erythritol is a type of sugar alcohol; it occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods. Overall, this sweetener is an amazing sweetener because it contains almost no calories, does not raise blood sugar and does not raise insulin levels. Monk fruit is then mixed with the erythritol to reduce the intensity of the sweetness. [Read more about monk fruit and erythritol here]
MCT oil, which is also added to Prymal Coffee Creamers, has several health benefits that can actually help you throughout your day instead of hurting you. MCT oils promote weight loss, is an instant source of energy to fuel your brain, and contains a lot of fatty acids that help combat bacterial and yeast growth. MCT oil is keto-friendly and also helps to control blood sugar levels [which is amazing]. There are many products that now contain MCT oils, and so it may be good to be a bit familiar with the ingredient. [Read more about MCT oil here]
Let’s Make Some Coffee
Alright, alright. I’ll show you how to make the perfect cup of coffee now! I know that’s what you’ve been waiting for, anyway. Here are the things you’ll need:
- Coffee Maker [We love our Ninja. Get it here]
- Coffee [this one from Amazon Prime is amazing]
- Prymal Coffee Creamer
- Milk Frother
- Dairy Free Milk
One thing you want to keep in mind is that this product is a natural product — the ingredients will not dissolve properly into the product without mixing it thoroughly with a frother.
Start off my putting on a cup of coffee to brew. Then, measure out 4 tsp of your favorite flavor of Prymal Coffee Creamer.
Add a splash of dairy-free milk. I’m using Vanilla Sweetened Almond Milk here, but unsweetened would be good as well. Next time, I want to try it with coconut milk. Yum!
Mix with the milk frother for about 30 seconds, or until the product is integrated smoothly into the liquid. You don’t want any chunkiness; just smooth and creamy!
Pour in your hot coffee and enjoy!
Easy peasy, huh? I hope you guys give Prymal a try! I would love to know which flavor you get, too — I’ve got my eyes on some different flavors I’d love to try. But I don’t think anything will ever replace my beloved hazelnut, haha.
Cut the Coffeemate!