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Stop and Swap: You're the cream in my coffee (for now)

Looking for ways to shave calories of my day, I've targeted my morning mug of coffee. I've been alternating between Organic Valley half and half and its new organic soy creamer. But the mug is huge and one serving of either often doesn't cut it. So the calorie count can creep as high as 50 or 60 calories. It doesn't sound like much, but I'm looking for easy corners to cut.

Cream and almond milkSo I thought I'd do one of my Stop and Swap moves by comparing 30 calories of half and half with 30 calories of almond milk, which makes a great latte.

  You can see the results at right: Yikes!

You can get a lot more with the almond milk than with the half and half. True, it isn't as creamy, but it's pretty darn good, and as my ALL-TIME FAVORITE DIET BLOG POST from The Skinny Daily Post says :

While you’re losing weight, try not to get caught up in the idea of what you’re giving up. You’re not giving up anything but the calories you don’t need right this minute. It’s not a big deal. Not right now.

So, while I'm losing weight, I'll substitute some yummy almond milk for my creamer. Heck, maybe I'll even splurge on vanilla almond milk for a few calories more.

And in the meantime, someone needs to come up with an almond-milk based coffee creamer. We have cow, soy, even coconut -- how 'bout almond?

In other news...

Carol has rejoined Laura in the Nutrisystem Nation, and you can read about their exploits at Shrinking Sisters Reviews. Carol has lost more than 20 pounds on Nutrisystem and Laura's almost at that level, too. Huzzah!

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