I’ve been an early morning riser for as long as I can remember. No, I’m not one of those lucky people with an internal alarm clock that gets me up at 5 a.m. without fail (side note: if you want to become one of those people, read this). Instead, I’m a well-trained caffeine connoisseur. My morning cup of coffee is motivation enough to never hit snooze and walk (re: sprint) over to the kitchen, where I’m only minutes away from enjoying its energizing warmth.

And while there’s certainly a time and place to sip on the most bitter brew my beans can make, there’s nothing I love more than indulging in a bit of creamy goodness. But with my New Year’s intentions already in mind, I’m actively trying to weave in healthier ways of getting my morning fix. Solution? This list of the best and most delicious healthy coffee creamer alternatives.

Because here’s the thing about coffee: It can just as easily be a sugar-bomb of artificial ingredients as it can be a magical elixir that’ll help you reach your health goals every morning. While I definitely won’t turn down the occasional coffee shop treat every once in a while, I want my daily beverage to be a bit more supportive and functional. So, with the hopes of making that happen, here are my top six picks for the best coffee creamer alternatives that are healthy and sure to brighten up your morning

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MUD\WTR Creamer

The Price: $25 for 30 servings

The Story: Minimalist enthusiasts, MUD/WTR is the creamer for you. Just a few high-quality ingredients plus packaging that’s pleasing to the eye makes for an all-around enjoyable treat. But its pros don’t stop there. MUD/WTR is plant-based, vegan, sugar, and gluten-free, plus, it’s packed with energizing and brain-boosting MCT oil. Love the environment as much as you love your coffee? Good news: The bag is compostable and it’s shipped to you in a plastic-free, recyclable box.

The Taste: Mixing in a scoop to your morning coffee creates an undeniably creamy flavor that’s deliciously decadent.

MUD\WTR 30-Serving Creamer

Trust me: It’s even better than a latte made by your favorite barista.

MUD\WTR 30-Serving Creamer, $25

Laird Original Superfood Creamer

The Price: $18.95 for 16 ounces

The Story: If you’re looking for a creamer that’ll power you through whatever you bring into your day (be it a workout, jam-packed to-do list, or anything in between), this is the one you want to be adding to your coffee. Laird Superfoods is committed to helping everyone live a cleaner lifestyle by creating functional foods that nourish your mind and body. This best-selling pick is the perfect plant-based solution if you’re looking to step away from the traditional sugary options without having to sacrifice flavor. Sustainably produced without any artificial flavors or additives, you’ll feel confident you’re doing something good for yourself by sipping on this.

The Taste: While admittedly less indulgent than other picks, you still get a smooth, silky texture with just a touch of sweetness.

Laird Original Superfood Creamer

Works in smoothies and oatmeal, too. Your breakfast of champions awaits.

Laird Original Superfood Creamer, $24.99

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

The Price: $31 for a 10.3 ounce canister

The Story: Vital Proteins has amassed a cult following over the past few years for its success in bringing collagen into the zeitgeist. Wellness enthusiasts and the more casual healthy eaters among us can’t get enough of Vital Protein’s powders and creamers. Created to address the founder’s need for a product that would support his joint health, Vital Proteins has expanded its offerings to offer collagen-rich options that’ll strengthen your hair and brighten your skin. Choose this creamer and make upgrading your wellness routine as simple as portioning out a scoop, stirring into your coffee, and sipping away. 

The Taste: Choose from three flavors, mocha, coconut, or vanilla. While vanilla’s my favorite, I’ll admit that the coconut isn’t too coconut-y and the mocha is just sweet enough, so if those are more your style, by all means, dive in.

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Worth the hype.

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, $31

Picnik Vanilla Oatmilk Adaptogen Creamer

The Price: $21.99 for a 2-pack

The Story: If you’re like me, you thrive on the rituals and routines that add structure to your every day. Of course, coffee is a part of that, and adding Picnik’s Oatmilk Creamer only amplifies the experience. Introducing adaptogens like lion’s mane, cordyceps, eleuthero, and ashwagandha into the mix supports increased focus and clarity (something the majority of us are begging for in the morning). Add to that a healthy dose of l-theanine for sustained, non-jittery energy, and you have everything you need to take on the day.

The Taste: Dreamy, creamy, and absolutely delicious—don’t sleep on this pick.

Picnik Vanilla Oatmilk Adaptogen Creamer

It’s fine if you’re sold on the packaging alone. This pick delivers.

Picnik Vanilla Oatmilk Adaptogen Creamer, $21.99

Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Protein Mix

The Price: $28.80 for 24 servings

The Story: There’s nothing that Primal Kitchen makes that I wouldn’t want to devour. Dips, sauces, dressings, marinades, and more than almost all boast a Whole30-approved label? I’m fully on board. This mix is made with 10 grams of collagen peptides for hair, skin, and nail support plus is paleo and keto-friendly. Basically, all boxes are checked.

The Taste: An abundance of health benefits wrapped up in a creamy coconut milk powder and a crowd-favorite vanilla flavor? I wouldn’t blame you if you find yourself making a second cup mid-morning.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Protein Mix

Healthy hair and stronger nails await.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Protein Mix, $39.99

Califia Farms Better Half Creamer

The Price: $20.94 for a 6-pack

The Story: The ingredients are simple and streamlined, and in all honesty, it’s probably the closest match to the half and half you’re looking to sub out. Plant-based, vegan, non-GMO, and without any sugar to boot, there’s really nothing stopping you from stocking up.

The Taste: This creamer is all about the flavor. Bringing together almond milk and coconut cream creates a rich but not overwhelming taste that blends beautifully with your morning cuppa.

Califia Farms Better Half Creamer

A popular supermarket staple for a reason. This pick makes plant-based sipping simple and delicious.

Califia Farms Better Half Creamer, $20.94

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    Joanne November 21, 2021 at 8:08 am

    It should read 2 tsp.