Coffee = life
This month I am doing a gluten free/dairy free Paleo. I don't think I have issues with dairy, but I figured if I was gonna do it strict, might as well do it all. I do still have Kerrygold butter, for some reason that's not dairy in my head.
My issue is what to put in my coffee. Typically I put in a teeny bit of honey and probably a tsp of heavy cream. I can drink it black, but unless the coffee is awesome, it's not a great option.
So, I'm just looking for suggestions to inspire me this morning.
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la colombe is the best coffee on the market, hands down. i drink that black. cheap coffee gets heavy cream. mediocre coffee gets freshly ground cardamon pods tossed in with the grounds. i wouldnt worry about the cream you put in your coffee though, as an obstacle to being PALEO, in capital letters. its more important to enjoy your life than to be orthodox, IMHO.
that said, but better coffee.
Coconut milk is decent if you won't do heavy cream.
Nothing really compares to heavy cream tho.
The other alternative is buy better coffee. Cheap coffee needs flavor, quality coffee I can drink black
I have discovered that i like coconut oil in my hot coffee, it melts right in! If I'm ever feeling low, this fixes it right up.
But even better is a spoonful of grass-fed ghee!
I stole the idea from Tibetan tea, where they add both salt and butter/ghee to hot tea for all day energy.
http://whole9life.com/2010/11/butter/ Whole9's take on butter and ghee!
I buy ghee by Purity Farm at my Wegman's store, and if you go to their website http://www.purityfarms.com/ you'll find this:
Sometimes, the Ghee is lighter in color than other times. Why is that? We use no colorings in our Ghee, and the slight differences in color are due to seasonal changes. Ghee made in the summer tends to be more "yellow" because the cows are grazing longer hours and have more chlorophyll in their systems. I'm also a fan of http://www.pureindianfoods.com/index.shtml
I found that a shake or two of cinnamon zazzes up even the most mediocre coffee. I used to be a sugar and cream fiend.
drinking it black might take some getting used to, but i'm hooked now. i now realize how full i'd feel from drinking coffee with cream. its so much lighter when drinking it black and i drink less of it, cause you feel the caffeine much more.
I have a little coffee in my cream. Sometimes I have coffee and cream with a heaping Tablespoon of cocoa powder stirred in and put a sprinkiling of cinnamon on top. When I use the cocoa powder, I add less than 1/8 t. of sugar. Plain old sugar. Mostly I drink tea. Will try the ghee in tea just so I can say I did.
I made this coconut creamer the other day, but I admit I never tried it in my coffee. I drink my coffee black, but sometimes if I have coffee in the afternoon I like to put something in it. It keeps for about a week in the fridge and is just coconut milk, coconut oil, and an egg.
Since I've started to add coconut milk instead of milk to my tea and coffee, it all tastes so much better. I have also developed a distaste for milk, at least in tea and coffee. Coconut milk rocks pretty hard.
On occasion the local Whole Foods has grass-fed heavy cream and I began to get into the habit of using that in my coffee, which led to a taste for half-and-half or cream lattés from Starbucks ("Wait, you want a triple venti breve latté sir? Really?" "Really. Now."). Now I know SBUX uses cheap industrial milk and cream and maybe that was the cause of my problem below.
The chronic torso rash (aka Grover's Disease) I'd lost last summer and fall came back after I started doing this, and I also began to gain some weight back. This was all during a few months of heavy work travel. That's ended for the season so I'm doing the Whole30 thing this month. Really only eliminating all dairy and tubers. I also ate a lot of sweet potatoes during the past few months after never really eating them before. So it's probably one of the two.
But damn, I really miss that heavy Jersey cream! The grass-fed stuff was pale yellow and usually had a fantastic glob of butterfat floating at the top. omnomnom...
As Robb Wolf said this week, butter is just shaken cream. It's a bit silly to okay one but not the other. Black or with cream those are the only ways to go.
One thing you might want to keep in mind when doing an elimination diet is that if you eliminate more than one thing at a time and you have some health benefits, you might not know what what the culprit was. Anyway, good luck to you. Going GF can be really challenging because it's in so many things, but it's doable, especially if you prepare most of your own foods.
Since you said "I can drink it black, but unless the coffee is awesome, it's not a great option." I would advise drinking better coffee. I source my coffee beans from the farmer's market and drink organic at almost all times. Find a blend you like and stick to it.
If your only source of coffee is the crapateria at work then maybe you could bring in a cheap coffee pot and make some at your desk. Black coffee = awesome. Black nescafe (worst instant coffee ever) = death. Just like with meats, better coffee is better tasting.
See http://coffeegeek.com/ for information on all things coffee. Proper brewing/grinding/sourcing/water management is all important to taste. I'm a certified coffee maniac ;)
I still use milk - I don't have problem with drinking milk so I continue to use it.
For people that have problems with milk there is reason to look for alternatives - otherwise just enjoy your milk and don't worry about "strict paleo".
When I buy coffee in town, I use half'n'half. At home, I use coconut milk (Thai Kitchen, organic.)
Well, usually it's heavy cream with coffee, and that's it. I had a bit of an adding honey bender over the holiday season, but now I'm back to just organic heavy cream.
BUT, in the absence of dairy (though I know it's January, brrr), you could try your coffee - stir in your bit of honey first while it's hot, allow to cool, pour over ice (crushed ice might be best). Who knows? Might also turn out that adding coconut milk at the chilled stage may taste way better than adding coconut milk to hot coffee.
Alternative hot caffeinated drinking - green or black tea (honey optional).
I have to say try the Coconut milk! I tried almond milk and it just didn't cut it for me (sorry). wasn't creamy enough, now I love the coconut milk. I think they all take a little getting used to. I used to go for the french vanilla chemical creamer all the time...no more.
I take my coffee like John Wayne. Actually, giving up milk in coffee was one the toughest achievements for me on paleo.
Coconut and stevia is what I use...and a quality organic coffee bean which I grind myself :)
I use almond milk...you can make your own or get it from your local health food store
Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite. And I may be beating a dead horse here, but buy the best coffee you can afford.
Come on folks....1-2 teaspoons of creme or sugar in a morning coffee is not going to change anything in your life or diet. Quit playing mind games.....enjoy a morning cup....unless it is 10 cups....!!
Stevia goes in the cup of coffee when I order it. Liquid stevia is best because it stirs in quite nicely. Go for the alcohol free! I love NuNaturals brand.
So far I have liked coconut milk better with cold coffee than with hot. Hot coffee is tricky!
I have heard that drinking your coffee black is really hard on your stomach, and adding a fat source helps you digest it and neutralize the acids. Although I wasn't able to find a solid article to back this up- I had just heard it in different places. Maybe someone here can validate that for me? I'm going dairy/gluten free, too, and I hate sweetened non-dairy creamers! So far, I have tried coconut milk (it's ok), and I plan on trying to add a bit of ghee to the coconut milk next time to give it that subtle buttery taste that half and half gave me! I hear you have to blend the ghee ahead of time, or even blend it right into your coffee, since it doesn't stir in all that well. Another way I've heard is good is cocoa butter. Good luck and I'm right there with you trying to find a new way to drink my coffee :)
Coconut cream + coconut oil + cocoa powder. Sometimes add in some cinnamon, other times vanilla extract, other times a tiny drop of Torani Hazelnut or Almond syrup (but rarely due to sodium benzoate.)
Sometimes, but rarely a teaspoon of nutella.
I used to add stevia, but I'm used to non-sweet things now.
I love it with just cream, but I can't seem to find cream without caragean + I've issues with GERD when I do dairy, so I need to limit that a lot.
At work, I just have it black. One time I made the mistake of adding a couple of those creamer things in there (the liquid milk ones that have some chemical called DATEM or something) and a few hours later when I got home, I got some nasty muscle spasms in one toe on my right leg, then a few hours later, similar spams on my left leg. I had nothing else out of the ordinary that day, and never had it repeat, so it's highly likely it was the mini-moo or whatever that crap is called.
Loved this blog thx for all these great ideas!! i specially enjoyed the "following my nose" blog.
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