If you are on a low carb or ketogenic diet and don’t seem to be getting the results you hoped for it could be because there are some carbs still slipping into your diet. The creamer that you put into your coffee can be easy to forget about when you are considering all the sources of carbs in your diet. Unfortunately coffee creamer can contain sufficient carbs to knock your diet off course. So here are a few low carb coffee creamer alternatives.
Heavy Whipping Cream
The cream from the top of the milk contains a much higher ratio of fat and heavy whipping cream is completely free of carbs. Because it is so rich you will only need a very small amount in your coffee. Most coffee shops will also provide you with heavy whipping cream for your coffee if you ask. Just make sure you are clear that it is whipping cream not whipped cream that you want. This is what we used to put in coffee so it’s kind of nice to come back Full Circle.
Coconut products are all the rage at the moment. This is because they contain a lot of medium chain triglyceride fats which are healthier for your heart. This high ratio of fat to sugar also makes them great as a low carb alternative to milk. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are remarkable for the fact that they are very good at producing ketones which pushes your body into ketosis and thus encourages your body to burn extra fat.Coconut oil can also be great for maintaining your blood sugar levels while still providing you with immediate energy. The lovely silky tastes along with all these benefits makes coconut oil or coconut cream a great alternative that will keep you on a ketogenic diet as opposed to creamers.
Whilst the word ghee does mean fat the ghee you can easily buy in the store is different from the fat you find in butter because it has been clarified and also caramelized. Clarified butter is where the solids in milk have been separated out. Once they’re separated from the butter fat the heating of the mixture is continued until the milk solids have caramelized and this is what gives you ghee. This caramelization is what gives ghee it’s slightly nutty taste. You can buy ghee in most stores. If you can’t find it in your local superstore or if you just have a hankering to make your own it’s really easy to just do it in a frying pan on the hob. Because ghee it’s basically just concentrated butter fat it has practically no carbs in it. As it does have a slightly nutty taste it may not be the creamer of choice for everyone, but it is certainly worth trying. If you do decide to make your own at home you can control how much the milk solids caramelize which will have a big impact on the flavor.
There you have it. The 3 best coffee creamers for a low carb diet. Make sure that you don’t make the classic mistakes of a low carb diet and unknowingly intake extra carbs.