Veteran post-ops, what do you use for coffee creamer?

I have tried using 1% milk, Half & Half and even got bold (stupid?) enough to try Coffeemate's new flavored liquid creamer, Vanilla Nut...darn that stuff was sooooo good but made me queasy and yucky feeling...I needed a nap after my morning decaf. After going no coffee of any kind for 4 months, I had only been doing an occasional decaf latte until last week. I decided to resume my 2 cups of coffee in the morning, but I do the decaf thing. Can I safely use a powdered non-dairy creamer? The corn syrup solids thing is too much sugar as well isn't it? Boohoo! Any suggestions are appreciated. It isn't the sweetness I am missing, I use Splenda. And I just splurged on Gloria Jean's flavored decaf. It's the creaminess I crave in the coffee. Help! - Anna LAP RNY 7/3/02 -123lbs.    — Anna L. (posted on April 28, 2003)

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April 27, 2003
Hi there. Although I am not a verteran post-op I would like to share with you what I use. I use Coffeemate Creamer Original flavor. It doesn't really have a bad taste to me only b/c I have tried the Vanilla Nut and I too was LOVING IT! But the little sacrafices in the scheme of things are fine for me. Here is some info on it. It has 0.5 grams of total fat, 0 saturated, 0 salt, 0 sugar, and 0 for everything else as well. It is just enough of a taste for me in my coffee!
   — Kitty Kat

April 27, 2003
I use a fat free half and half, but I prefer to use skim milk. The fat free 1/2 & 1/2 has only a little bit of sugar in it. Good luck!! 1/21/03-70#'s.
   — kb0lqx

April 27, 2003
I use Aldi's powered creamer. I also can use milk or any of the cream milks. No problems. But as far as the flavored creamers, I never could stand the taste of any of them even pre op.
   — Danmark

April 27, 2003
I refuse to use anything bt coffee's yummy! but I prefer the original kind.not the flavored :)
   — [Deactivated Member]

April 27, 2003
I use regular mate or anything like it made me have the WORST smelling gas in the world (sorry)! Even the dog left the room...and I couldn't blame her...I wanted to leave myself...or at least my *naughty bum* someplace else. Have a Sparkling Day!! ~CAE~
   — Mustang

April 27, 2003
I don't know if being almost 11 months out makes me a veteran, but I found a soy based creamer that I LOVE. Made by the company White Wave (Who makes the line of soy Silk products) it's Soy Silk Creamer. Not all the additives like in Coffee Mate or the others, not much fat and even a smidge of protein. HOWEVER it's sweetened with cane syrup and those who dump may have issues if they use too much. I buy it at QFC (A Kroger store, so maybe it could be found at Kroger too), Natures or New Seasons. The White Wave website has a product locator as well. Best of luck.
   — Joscelin

April 28, 2003
I use half & half in my 3 cups of regular coffee that I drink everyday. But I am by no means the poster child for following the rules. :) 18 mos post op---below goal.
   — RebeccaP

April 28, 2003
I'm still pre-op but I use and old Weight Watchers trick. I use powdered milk. It's fat free and no added sugar, plus it adds protien, calcium and vitamin D. I can make it as creamy as I want it.
   — MaryCinFL

April 28, 2003
Oh, how I miss my French Vanilla creamer... :( But would I give it up to be healthy and have the body I want? YOU BET! :) My nutritionist said I could use Mocha Mix, 1% or 2% milk, or Sugar-Free/Fat-Free Coffeemate. It's not the "sweetness" that I miss, it's the "creaminess", and Coffeemate tends to make my coffee "creamier" than regular milk. Hope that helps!
   — momstah

April 28, 2003
I mix my concoction in the morning using FF powdered milk and a little half & half. I have gotten so used to it that I even prefer it to Starbucks! It makes a very rich tasting drink. I also crave the creamy flavor. I use sugar (one cube) in my first cup of coffee but go creamer only the rest of the day. The non-dairy creamers are supposedly really bad for you because they contain hydrogenated fats that are not natural. I have my coffee and an ounce of cheese for breakfast and: voila! I get 10 grams of protein right off the bat. I like the Sanalac brand because it is truly powder--not flakes--and I think it has a better taste than Carnation.
   — ctyst

April 28, 2003
As you know, I'd never touch milk with a 10 foot pole. BUt I also prefer my rare coffee with cream. I have always preferred the taste of the non-dairy creamer, such as Creamora or Coffee Mate? I'm fine with the store brand, though. I actually prefer the powdered form, as it tastes creamier to me. I use the wet version once/year for a specific recipe. Although it READS 0g sugar, I don't do well with it on cereal, for example. Stage 1 dummping, I call it. Just not feeling well.
   — vitalady

April 28, 2003
I use Da Vinci or Torani flavored syrups in my coffee. I use a little 1/2 & 1/2 also.
   — dianehanson

April 28, 2003
Hi, I don't know if you have the store "Trader Joes" in your area, but I just ran across a yummy product called: "Crema Italia" Cappuccino Foam (found in the dairy case). It's like whipped cream basically. It has no calories, no fat, not carbs and no sugars. If you can't find it in your grocery store, you might try to find it under: Distributed by Simply Sublime Foods in Davis, CA. Good luck! Dana
   — rubymoonca

April 29, 2003
Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I settled on picking up some Coffeemate powder at the store on Sunday night. And it really is what I've been looking for. I guess I'm okay as long I limit myself to 2 cups a day. Weird how I really crave coffee these days?! Thanks again, ya'll are the best! - Anna
   — Anna L.

April 30, 2003
I usually use skim milk, I'm just used to it. But for a treat and something that resembles cappucino, foam the milk with a frother. I've seen little battery-powered ones, but the one I use looks like a miniature French press container. You pour the milk in the bottom and then a screen-covered disks gets pumped up and down to mix in air. It makes simple coffee feel like a luxury!
   — Celia A.

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