Nowadays, nut butters range from nothin’ but nuts to hazelnut-laced sugar-and-oil spreads. Then there are the no-nut spreads, which coax “butter” out of everything from sunflower seeds to, um, crushed cookies. Here’s our guide to what matters. For our take on the latest spreadables, turn the page.
Zip. Zero. Nada. Black coffee has no calories, fat, or sugar. But every tablespoon of creamer can add 4 to 5 grams of sugar and 30 to 40 empty calories. Those numbers may sound trivial, but how many tablespoons are in your cup? To lighten things up, try milk—not cream—or a low-sugar plant creamer. Here’s what to consider.
Water is the perfect thirst quencher. But who doesn’t want a cool drink with a little pizzazz every so often! These low-calorie finds are unsweetened or sweetened with a splash of fruit juice or (safe) stevia extract. How refreshing!
Dumping dairy? The payoff: plant milks have a lighter impact on our overheating planet. And you have more options than ever. Choose carefully, and you can still net as much—or more—of milk’s key nutrients plus some healthy fats, all while keeping a lid on added sugar. Here’s what to know.
Want to try a low-calorie sweetener? Stevia or monk fruit extract, erythritol, and allulose won’t turn cupcakes into cantaloupe (see No. 3), but they’ll sweeten your coffee, tea, oats, yogurt, and more without empty calories. (As for taste...that’s up to you. Some people detect an aftertaste; others don’t.) Here’s what to know.
Pizza is no health food. It’s typically white flour plus cheese, ample sodium, maybe processed meat, and few vegetables. But if you’re hunting for a better pie, try these. As for veggies, a crust can only hold so many before it gets soggy. Side salad, anyone?
Mooove over, butter. Everything from “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” to “plant” and “oat milk” butters are vying to unseat the spreadable dairy fat. That’s a good thing. Most wannabes have far less artery-clogging saturated fat...and more heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Here are 8 tips to help you find the best non-butters, plus what else does (or doesn't) matter.