Regular milk (even skim or low-fat) still has quite a bit of sugar. I try to keep my grams of sugar under 5-6 grams per meal and 35 grams per day. I noticed that once I made this change the extra fat on my tummy really started to go away.
Instead of milk, I use almond milk. I like the Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla (40 calories per cup and no sugar). The Silk brand is pretty good too, but I prefer mine to be a little sweet with the vanilla flavor. Just make sure you don't get the 90 calorie vanilla one (it has sugar added to it, the 40 calorie one just has vanilla extract added). I use almond milk every day in my coffee, protein shakes, frozen egg whites, and I sub it for any recipe calling for milk. If you have a nut allergy you can use coconut milk or rice milk. You get it by the milk in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Almond Milk stays good in your fridge for a while, so many times grocery stores will have it on sale 2/$5 and I buy a few and stock up.
I used to put 2 tbsp of half and half in my coffee every day (and I usually have two cups, so that is actually 4 Tbsp a day). But, if you can sub almond milk for your creamer you can cut a lot of fat and calories out of your diet.
-2 Tbsp of Half and Half has appx. 45 calories, 2g carbs and 4g of fat.
-2 Tbsp of almond milk has appx 5 calories, .3g carbs and .4g protein.
If you subbed almond milk for half and half every day for one year (assuming you were drinking two cups a day) you could cut out over 29,000 calories! That's over 8 lbs you could lose in one year just by making this easy switch.
Have you tried almond milk? Do you like it?Natalie Hodson is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. http://nataliehodson.com