I have to come clean about a product I recently found in the “Ethnic” food section of the local supermarket. It’s called La Lechera, and essentially its condensed milk. But, what sets this particular product apart is that it comes in a squeeze bottle!
We have used condensed milk in recipes before, and sometimes there is surplus. I have experimented by putting some in my coffee in the past, and I have to say, its a match made in heaven. By now, you have probably figured out that I like my coffee sweet. It’s definitely one of my vices, especially as a nutritionist, but, I’m not willing to compromise on this one.
My usual coffee sweetener is Nestle Coffeemate sugarfree creamer, and while this has a lot less calories than La Lechera (30 calories vs 130 calories for 2 tablespoons), it has about 14 ingredients, which lately I have felt is just too many for one’s coffee sweetener. Not to mention the Coffeemate liquid contains Acesulfame Potassium, and there has been some question as to this sweeteners safety.
I will admit, I don’t get too caught up in the safety of artificial sweeteners. I try not to give my kids anything with artificial sweeteners, but, I also understand that they can improve quality of life for people with diabetes, or those watching their weight. And clearly, I am willing to use them for my coffee!
Anyhow, if you have ever tasted condensed milk, it is really delicious. It’s a perfect balance of creamy and sweet (maybe too sweet?), but with the squeeze bottle you can use just a touch of it to add that delicious flavor. The added bonus is that it only has two ingredients, milk and sugar, and those are easily recognizable.
I am definitely mindful of how much I am putting in my coffee, especially since the calories can definitely add up. Afterall, if I wanted to have a fattening coffee drink, I could always make a trip to Starbucks.
What’s your moring beverage ritual? Do you like your coffee sweet or take it black? Or do you have tea?