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Add Spices to Coffee Instead of Sugar

Smarter Eats: Add Spices to Coffee Instead of Sugar

I've been doing a pretty good job and controlling my coffee habit: I've switched from lattes to drip, do my best to make it at home or at the office, and I've cut down on the amount of cups I drink each week. In an added attempt to cut back on sugar, I've started adding spices to my coffee instead of the sweet stuff. The added dimension of flavor that spices add, enhances my coffee enough that I don't even miss the sugar.

The next time you have coffee, try adding a spice like nutmeg or cinnamon to it — even a tiny hint of dark cocoa will do. I've also found that a little bit of vanilla tastes good in coffee too. But my all time favorite is using a pumpkin spice mixture. Whether you buy it from the store, or make your own, the combo of all those spices really sits well in a cup of coffee.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I put cinnamon and nutmeg in my coffee, but I still like it sweet. I use a little skim milk to lighten it up a little and I put Truvia in it. The cinnamon and nutmeg do add a very nice flavor, though.
lilsistamelons lilsistamelons 7 years
I wish I could say that this sounded good to me. Ugh. I love hazelnut Irish cream and Panera's Chai Tea Lattes. I am currently trying to learn to love black coffee.
Skelly1029 Skelly1029 7 years
Spice Islands makes a really great pre-made pumpkin pie spice which is great when added to coffee. I also sometimes add cinnamon to my grounds before I even brew. The smell when brewing makes the house smell heavenly!
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 7 years
I add cinnamon, or a combo of cinnamon & nutmeg known as "apple pie spice" to my coffee to give it flavor since I drink coffee black to save on calories and sugar. It's really good!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
This is a great suggestion! I gave up caffeinated coffee a while ago but still have decaf every now and then because I really miss the routine of drinking coffee. To be a bit healthier, I add cinnamon instead of sweetener, and it really does make it taste a lot better.
Sundown321 Sundown321 7 years
I drink Chai Tea in the afternoons at work. I think there is something in the spices that helps control my appetite and keeps me from snacking.
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