What to use instead of cream in my (decaff) coffee?

by 5 · March 14, 2013 at 09:09 PM

I am looking at doing the Paleo instead of low-carb (Atkins type) food plan.

I once weighed 357 pounds when eating any and everything in sight; I am now at 229, following low-carb induction ( had been on ongoing weight loss and ended up binge-ing on fruits and some higher carb veg like butternut squash). I realised that I have an "issue" with fruit, as I can too easily binge on it, the same as I used to do with bread, corn, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. So I am a protein, fat, and veg ingestor.

My one "treat" is decaff coffee in the evening, after dinner (heart rhythm stuff, so no caffeine for me at all), with heavy cream. I understand that there is no dairy on Paleo, and I'm willing to try a no-cheese approach (though I don't eat much anyway), but am really, really reluctant to exclude my coffee and heavy cream.

I do use coconut oil to make my scrambled eggs, so am wondering about coconut milk? Or any other suggestions, please... (p.s. I don't like tea at all!)

(If coconut milk is okay, I will have to look around; not sure it is available without sugar over here in the UK. It might be.)


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10439 · September 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Go for the cream. Lots of Paleo people around here consider heavy cream to be a "not horrible" option because of the high fat content and the low sugar levels, compared to something like skim milk. Just make sure it's not adulterated with carrageenan or something. I'm Primal myself, and have no lactose problems, so I keep the full-fat dairy on my menu.

If you really want to cut it out, I have no idea about coconut stuff. But in my SAD days, I used almond milk sometimes in my coffee instead of skim milk, and it was a pretty tasty substitute. But now that I use a shit-ton of cream instead of skim milk, it would probably seem rather blah.

139 · September 30, 2012 at 01:51 PM

Unsalted Kerry Gold Butter ala "Bulletproof Coffee"

145 · September 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I love Bailey's Irish Cream in my coffee!

220 · September 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM

If you want to be strict with Paleo, coconut milk is the way to go. If not, a splash of heavy cream in your coffee is just fine.

3033 · September 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM

In all the coffee dust ups recently, I found that most ”Paleo Gurus” drink their coffee with heavy cream. Robb Wolf does it, Melissa from Whole30 does it when she isn't on a Whole30, Mark Sisson even puts cream AND sugar in his!

If this is your only non paleo indulgence, then go for it. Try to seek out grass feed heavy cream that isn't ultra pasteurized and doesn't have anything else besides ”cream” in it.

Edited to add: if you find your weight loss stalls, or if you want to know how the cream changes your body, you might want to give it up for 30 days, and then add it back in. The gurusnlisted above have all done that, and found that cream doesnt cause any problems. For some people, it does, and giving up that last bit of dairy does wonders. YMMV.

0 · March 14, 2013 at 09:09 PM

Hi. I use coconut cream. If not available buy a can of coconut milk, the creams and water are normally separated, discard the water and keep the cream for coffees. I find normal coconut milk too watery and has no flavour.

1126 · September 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM

I'm a strong cup of morning coffee type of guy. Brew good coffee a good way and it shouldn't need any creme. You'd have to adjust your palate, but I'm a bitter/sour/savory type and not a sweet tooth person. I've always been that way. BTW: I do throw tequilla in my coffee if I need a lift with a kick! I call it "Mexican Coffee!"

1009 · September 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM

double cream

7944 · September 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM

If you want to stay true to Paleo try "Paleo cream". Blend one small egg in a can of coconut milk. You can add a little vanilla for flavoring if you like. Blend it in a blender so it's mixed really well. Use within a few days. Note the egg is raw. So be sure it's from a trusted source.

I find coconut milk alone is too "thin" but this is just right. I froth it in coffee with some CO using a $3 hand frother and love it.

0 · September 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM

I'm in the UK and I buy coconut milk from the organic supermarket and add it to my Clipper decaf coffee - I love it!

938 · September 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM

I use coconut milk in my decaf coffee. Be sure to get the full fat not the low fat. I've come to like its creamy taste better than cream!

10149 · September 30, 2012 at 02:02 PM

arsenic! i'd take a mouthful of caffeinated coffee over an entire pot of decaff; my condolences :(

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