Small Treats Help Stave Off Big Splurges

This blog is is about a lot of things. From trying to make peace with aging and my changing, post-50 body to trying to lose weight and get healthier and stronger, I have a lot of goals for the next few years. While the weight loss hasn’t come (yet), I have hope. I’m currently focused on addressing the underlying emotional issues behind my weight and have hope that I’ll be able to release these extra pounds more easily once I’ve got it figured out.CoffeeMate Creamer Pic  Obviously, I consume more calories than I burn, so it seems simple, right? It’s sooooo not. The older I get, the more I realize that there are reasons that my body and brain don’t really want to lose weight. As I dig into the emotional issues and begin to exercise again, after a hiatus caused by an injury, I’m taking on small challenges along the way.

Lately, I’ve been reducing my cravings for sweet treats with a doctored up cup of coffee. I’m fortunate that our office offers a ton of different high-end coffees, plus, several options for flavored cream. Rather than running down to the store in our building’s lobby to grab a 200-calorie treat these days, I’ve been grabbing a quick cup of coffee with flavored cream and it satisfies my craving with significantly fewer calories.

My favorite flavored creamer is CoffeeMate and I LOVE their new Girl Scout Cookie flavors. If you haven’t tried them and you like the Girl Scout Thin Mints or Samoas, you’re in luck! I got to try them at the BlogHer conference this past summer and they’ve captured the flavors perfectly! And at 35 calories per tablespoon (or 70 calories for one cup of afternoon coffee, if you like two tablespoons like I do), they’re a much better option than the cookies themselves.

What do you think? What’s your favorite low-calorie sweet treat?

In the interests of full disclosure, I received free product samples, in return for this review. All opinions expressed are mine. And yes, these creamers are fantastic!