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.
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 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.
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.
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 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".
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 ;)
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.