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The 8 Best Non-Dairy Coffee Creamers That Taste As Good As Half-And-Half

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Dairy-Free Creamers

Jason Speakman

Not long ago, if you wanted to keep your morning coffee plant-based, you were stuck with a rather lame splash of soy or almond milk. Thanks to all sorts of new non-dairy creamers hitting store shelves, though, you can now make your java super creamy and dreamy—without using anything that comes from a cow.

“Many people are moving away from cow’s milk and toward non-dairy milks, like almond and rice, for health and environmental reasons,” says meatless dietitian Kristine Duncan, RDN. And now that plant-based milks and yogurts have gone mainstream, non-dairy creamers are a natural next step.

In addition to being more sustainable and easier on your stomach (I feel you, lactose intolerant peeps), non-dairy creamers are often lower in calories and boast better nutrition than your usual salted caramel half-and-half.

“Many people who add cream and sugar to their coffee don’t consider the additional calories,” Duncan says. Just one tablespoon of heavy cream contains about 50 calories, and many popular creamers contain upwards of five grams of sugar (not to mention artificial ingredients) per serving.

Non-dairy options, meanwhile, often contain less than 10 calories and little sugar per serving, says Duncan. They’re typically lower in saturated fat, too.

To make sure your dairy-free creamer is quality, make sure the first ingredients on its ingredient list aren’t sugar or oil, Duncan recommends. (If you plan to add your own sugar, opt for a creamer that’s completely unsweetened.)

Ready to mix up your morning cup of Joe? These eight nutritionist-approved non-dairy creamers are everything you’ve wanted and more.

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Nut Pods Original Unsweetened Oat Creamer

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Made with just oat milk, vegetable oils, and thickeners, this creamer keeps it simple. Though oat milk isn’t anything fancy, its natural sweetness and creamy texture have made it one of the most popular dairy-free coffee-enhancers out there right now, Duncan says. Nut Pods’ unsweetened option is a good one. 

Per tbsp: 10 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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Califia Farms Original Better Half Coconut Cream & Almondmilk Creamer

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This cleverly-named half-and-half from Califia Farms is made with almond milk and coconut cream for sweet flavor and thick, creamy texture. Since it’s fortified with calcium, you’ll also score a small amount of the bone-building mineral that dairy usually boasts about.

Per tbsp: 10 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 0.5 g carbs, 0.5 g sugar, 15 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Creamer

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Some people find that adding collagen to their coffee really ups the froth factor (especially when blended). Made with collagen protein from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and coconut milk powder, this creamer is a little higher in calories, but can add staying power to your morning sips.

Bonus: It’s Whole30-approved. 

Per tbsp: 70 calories, 4.5 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 2 g carbs, 0.5 g sugar, 28 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 5 g protein

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Nutiva Organic MCT Creamer

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If you’re all about the Bulletproof coffee or keto life, this fat-fueled creamer is for you, Duncan suggests. It’s made from organic coconut oil, coconut milk powder, and coconut sugar. (Hope you like the taste of coconut.)  

Per tbsp: 40 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated), 1 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 0 g protein

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New Barn Barista Almondmilk Creamer

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This almond milk is richer and creamier than most options, and contains a little cane sugar for just the sweetness your java needs.

“It may be sweetened, but it has a very simple ingredient list,” says Duncan. “Plus, it’s slightly lower in calories than the others.”

Per tbsp: 8 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 3 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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Silk Original Dairy-Free Soy Creamer

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Since Silk is such a mainstream brand, this dairy-free creamer is probably one of the easiest to find. It’s made with soy milk, sugar, oil, and thickeners, so it feels a little more indulgent than some of the other options, says Duncan.

Per tbsp: 20 calories, 1.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 2 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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So Delicious Organic Dairy-Free Coconutmilk Creamer

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Made with basically just coconut cream and water, this unsweetened creamer has big, sweet coconut flavor, says Duncan. You won’t even miss the sugar. 

Per tbsp: 15 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 10 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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Ripple Original Plant-Based Half & Half

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If you’re looking for an alternative to nut milk-based creamers, try this one, suggests Duncan. It’s made with just pea protein, oil, water, and thickeners. Though not the lowest-calorie option of the bunch, it contains zero grams of saturated fat—a plus for those watching their intake.

Per tbsp: 18 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 30 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein

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The 9 Best Spiralizers For Making Zoodles In 2020, According To Test Kitchen Reviews

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Since zoodles made spiralized vegetables a thing a few years back, pretty much every vegetable under the sun has found itself in noodle form at some point. (Even beets…)

And, frankly, veggie noodles are kind of the bomb. “Spiralized vegetables fit into many diet styles including keto, paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian,” says dietitian Jenna Appel, RD. “They instantly boost your fiber, vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant intakes, while lowering carbs and calories (since they often replace processed carbs like pasta.”

For that reason, incorporating more spiralized vegetables into your eats can help you feel more satiated while cutting down on calories so you can either lose or better maintain your weight, according to Appel.

Of course, to sneak extra veggies into your diet and make your meals look so much prettier, you need to get yourself a spiralizer. Once you have one handy, you can hit the produce aisle and go to town.

“Veggies like zucchini, carrots, beets, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes all spiralize well, but what many people don’t realize is that you can also spiralize fruits, like apples, pears, and melons,” says Appel. (She likes using her spiralizer to make pesto zucchini noodles with chicken or cozy sweet potato noodles with meatballs.)

But which spiralizers will turn your veggies into true noodles—and not just stringy piles of mush? Since there are an overwhelming number of options on Amazon, the Women’s Health Test Kitchen tried out a ton of veggie spiralizers to narrow down the best of the best.

Here are nine of the best spiralizers out there, from the hand-helds to the electric-powered.

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The 10 Best Edible Flowers To Decorate Your Food, According To A Nutritionist

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Not long ago, edible flowers were reserved for fancy bakeries and Michelin-starred restaurants. And then Instagram happened. Fun as decorating your smoothie bowls and other eats with edible flowers may be, though, it’s not a total free-for-all. (No, you can’t just turn any old bouquet into a salad.)

“The term, ‘edible’ simply indicates that the flower was grown in a food-safe way, meaning it wasn’t treated with unsafe pesticides or preservatives,” explains Todd Seyfarth, RD, dietitian, chef, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Johnson & Wales University. “It also means that the flower doesn’t naturally contain any compounds we’ve identified as dangerous or toxic.”

Not all edible flowers are actually worth eating, though. “Often, plants with vivid and deep colors are bitter on the palate, so [appreciation for their taste] will vary from person to person,” says Seyfarth. If you’re not a fan of bitter flavor, you’ll probably want to remove those deep-hued petals from your food after snapping a pic for the ‘gram.

That said, deeply-colored flowers are often the most nutrient-rich (like all edible plants, edible flowers contain important vitamins and minerals). “The more colorful the plant and deeper the flavor, the more antioxidant power the plant usually has,” Seyfarth says.

If you’re intrigued by flowering up your food, make sure to only purchase flowers marked as edible. “They are harder to find, but gourmet grocers usually have them,” says Seyfarth.

From there, you’ll want to prep your flowers a little differently than other fruits and vegetables. “Most flowers are very delicate and will be damaged by rough washing,” says Seyfarth, who recommends dipping edible flowers into a bowl of clean water and carefully hand-drying them.

Add some flower power to your next meal with one of the following 10 popular edible petals.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Exact Diet Includes Tons Of Organic Produce And Veggies

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Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Press Conference

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Are you still talking about how ah-mazing Jennifer Lopez looked in the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Yeah, same. There’s no denying the singer is a total badass onstage and off—she certainly put in a lot of hard work in the gym to prepare for the big moment, and it shows in strong legs, arms, and, well, impressive pole-dancing skills. J.Lo has an intense fitness routine—it involves plenty of abs workouts (duh), heavy lifting, and plenty of dancing.

To keep up with her incredibly active lifestyle, J.Lo also has to fuel her days accordingly. It should come as no surprise that she’s just as disciplined with her eating lifestyle as she is with fitness. And it seems safe to say that J.Lo and fiancé Alex Rodriguez are in this together—remember that 10-day no-sugar, low-carb challenge they completed last January? The couple nixed all sugar and limited their carbs. (Now that’s some dedication).

The singer, actress, and dancer maintains balance, but still makes smart choices about what ends up on her plate. After all, she needs to fill up her tank with healthy foods to keep her energy levels up, and her performances fierce.

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J.Lo eats all organic whole foods.

“I have her eating very clean because she needs really good fuel for all the things that she’s doing,” her trainer Tracy Anderson told People. “It’s all organic and it’s all very well thought out, with the balance of very high quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food.”

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She drinks water all day long.

Hydration is so crucial for the singer that it’s a whole category in her ultra-clean diet. (J.Lo’s diet categories include protein, vegetables, fats, carbohydrates, and water, according to her trainer and life coach, Dodd Romero.) “She drinks a minimum of seven glasses a day,” he told US Weekly.

It’s a safe bet her famous bling cup she takes everywhere is filled with H2O. Jenny has also long-avoided alcohol and caffeine. “I haven’t had caffeine in years,” she told Hollywood Life.

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J.Lo avoids processed, packaged foods.

Not that I can picture J.Lo shopping in the grocery store, but if she did, she’d be browsing that perimeter for fresh foods. “Everything is fresh,” says Anderson. “There’s nothing processed–just [protein powder] in a shake if we do a protein shake one day.”

J.Lo “stays away from processed foods and gets her nutrients from whole sources,” Romero confirmed to US Weekly. Her main protein sources are egg whites, white meat turkey, chicken breast, and grass-fed beef. J.Lo also eats fish for the protein and omega-3s and 6s. She also allows herself “a handful” of nuts each day for healthy fats, per Romero.

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She loads her plate with veggies.

One whole category of her diet is devoted to veggies, but not all are created equal for J.Lo. She aims for more leafy greens and steers clear of carrots and corn, due to the higher sugar content, per Romero. When she’s not doing a 10-day challenge, J.Lo includes complex carbohydrates to meals. Some of her faves are sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, rice bread, and oatmeal according to Romero and US Weekly.

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J.Lo maintains balance.

“She is a very balanced person, so she’s not going to miss out on Thanksgiving or a holiday with her children,” says Anderson.

“Throughout the years I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthier […] diet,” J.Lo told People. “I still eat some of the foods I love, but in moderation. I don’t deprive myself.” Her fave desserts? Fiancé Alex Rodriguez shared on The View that Jennifer’s loves chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Girl, same.

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She goes for the healthy dish at restaurants.

Yes, J.Lo even eats out at restaurants. “I’m a very social person and love spending time with my friends and family, so when we go out to eat I try to make healthy choices,” she told Hello!. “Most restaurants offer healthy meals, so I watch for things on the menu that fit my lifestyle. I’ll have a salad or some fish with veggies. And I make sure I drink lots of water throughout the meal.”

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What J.Lo typically eats in a day.

Breakfast: Jennifer’s breakfast is usually a protein-packed smoothie, she told People. It has a scoop of protein powder, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey, ice cubes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Lunch: “By lunchtime, I’m starving,” J.Lo told Hollywood Life. She often goes for a salad with salmon and veggies like broccoli, zucchini, and capsicum and a vinaigrette. She also shared another lunch salad recipe with People in 2015: finely chopped kale with queso, pumpkin seeds, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and a minced shallot.

Snacks:
J.Lo’s busy schedule (hello filming, rehearsals, and much more) means she needs on-the-go fuel. “Being constantly on the go, I always like to have healthier snack options like fruits or vegetables with me,” J.Lo told People.

Dinner:
When dinner rolls around, J.Lo typically goes for a protein paired with quinoa. “It feels like rice and beans, which I grew up with. And I like pork and chicken—especially Puerto Rican style!” she said. As an alternative, she’ll also pair her protein with veggies like sautéedBrussels sprouts and baked yams.“Her overall body has just shrunk and tightened and her strength has actually doubled,” Romero told US Weekly. But for J.Lo, it’s all about fuel and never about restrictions.

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