Where to Start? Coffee!

My sugar-free journey started after many attempts at trying to create a healthy lifestyle for myself. I would try diet after diet only to lose my health and regain the weight I had lost because it either wasn’t satisfying or I couldn’t maintain it long term. I have no regrets because through each attempt I learned something new about what worked or didn’t work for me. And isn’t that what life is about? Figuring out how to live your best YOU.

So let’s start by telling you about my most favorite “meal” of the day; my hot cup of morning coffee. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Coffee is not a meal. But I beg to differ. It satisfies me until I have my first meal sometime in the morning or early afternoon when I get hungry. Intermittent fasting anyone? It’s really supposed to be good for you. I find I need to eat about 12 hours after I go to bed at night. How about you?

My husband and I LOVE Dunkin’ Donuts’ French Vanilla ground coffee. But it is SO expensive. So one day I was shopping at Walmart and found a package of their Great Value French Vanilla ground coffee, and guess what? We both loved it even better than Dunkin’ Donuts’ brand. And at $3.78/12 oz bag, it fits right into our budget.

As for what I add to my coffee: it’s about a 1/4 cup of almond milk and light cream combined in equal measures and 1/2 tsp of Sweetleaf Stevia. And I always prepare a second cup in a Rubbermaid water bottle and keep it cold so I can have it after lunch. Pure Heaven!

Morning Coffee

  • Servings: 2 large cups
  • Difficulty: Easy!
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6 cups water
French Vanilla Ground Coffee to taste
Light Cream
Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp Sweetleaf Stevia for each large cup of coffee


Add 6 cups of water to coffee maker. Put enough French Vanilla ground coffee into filter for your desired strength. When finished brewing, pour equal amounts of unsweetened almond milk and light cream into coffee. Add 1/2 tsp Sweetleaf Stevia to each cup. Stir and Enjoy!


How do you take your coffee?

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