A coffee creamer lover’s dream

Fat is good for you.

Read that again and internalize it.

Fat is good for you.

I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve learned a lot from reading and listening to nutritionists’ work. After listening to Dishing Up Nutrition, a podcast by Nutritional Weight & Wellness, I’ve learned a lot about what is good for our bodies and what we think is good for our bodies.

As a Tone It Up nutrition plan member, I know the right kind of fat is good at the right time of day. These fats are satiating and necessary for your physical and mental health.

Combining these approaches has proven to work well for me the past month. I use full fat foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. I also enjoy full fat dairy sparingly. A dash or two in my coffee, cheese on top of a taco sometimes, and a glob of Greek yogurt with breakfast some days.

Now, to more important things….

I love coffee.

I know, I know. Typical writer crutch.

Buying bottled coffee creamer from the grocery store has been one of my crutches. I can lessen my cups of coffee, but I still love good-tasting coffee, which usually means a lot of creamer or syrups in a fancy latté.

When one of the nutritionists from Nutritional Weight & Wellness said you should have about a tablespoon of fat per meal and highly suggested adding a tablespoon of real cream with your morning coffee, I was sold. I decided to make my own coffee creamer.

You could just add cream flavoring straight to your coffee, but I like my coffee milky. So I adapted this recipe for coffee creamer lovers.

Plus, my husband recently had the chance to learn the process of making maple syrup, from tree to jar, and I was able to join him for a day. The boiling process intrigued me (unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures), so I wanted to use maple syrup as my natural sweetener in this recipe.

I don’t know the nutrition facts, but I do know it’s way healthier than the stuff filled with stabilizers at the grocery store. To go a step farther, make your almond milk at home – I’m not quite there yet.

After my first cup of coffee with my homemade coffee creamer, I noticed I didn’t get dehydrated at all that morning. A few days in, I realized how it helped me feel fuller, longer. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A Coffee Creamer Lover’s Dream Homemade Creamer

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. heavy cream or half and half*
  • 6 oz. almond milk (or until container is full)
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup (more or less to your taste buds – aim for less as time goes on)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a mason jar or an empty, clean creamer bottle with the label removed. Shake well and keep refrigerated.

To Use

Shake well. Pour your desired creamer amount into your coffee mug first. Then pour your hot coffee on top. This creates a delicious foaminess, just like a simple latté!

This stuff literally tastes like melted ice cream. Just a splash (or three) revs your coffee!

*Heavy cream is also called heavy whipping cream at your local grocery store, though the heavy whipping cream may mean it has less fat than regular heavy cream for better whipping consistency. Heavy cream has a higher percentage of fat than half and half, so I prefer heavy cream, but there are days when you accidentally grab the wrong one at the grocery store.

If you liked this recipe, buy me a cup of coffee. Thank you!

My Favorite Kitchen Tools

Since being in culinary school I have found some great kitchen tools that I love and I wanted to share with you.  Here are five things that I use often in my kitchen.

  1. Chefs Knife

You need to have a sharp chefs knife, I use mine almost always along with my pairing knife.  Stick with a trusted brand or have it made for you.  Find a knife with a full tang running through the handle that you can see.

 

2. Pasta Roller

These are pretty inexpensive and it is SO MUCH FUN TO MAKE PASTA! I love making homemade pasta and it really is just a fun tool to have.

3. Flexible bowl scraper

These are great when working with a dough it flexible to fit whatever bowl so you can really get all of your product out of the bowl.  A good spatula and bench scraper are also great tools to have.

4. Vitamix Blender

The vitamix is just great, I love that I can make an awesome smoothie any time or creat a velvety smooth soup or sauce with it. I have a Vitamix so I know they are good but I am sure there are comparable brands that may be in a better price range.

5. Lighting

I can not work in a dark kitchen, I just purchased some under the cabinet lights that light up my cutting board area better.  Make sure you have good lighting, its so helpful and safer!  These ones come with a remote and are battery operated.

Hope you enjoyed my list of kitchen gadgets,

Happy Cooking!!!

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