I have been drinking coffee every morning since well back into my teen years. My first steady boyfriend taught me to drink black coffee and smoke Rothman’s cigarettes when I was 16. I have since given up both him and the cigarettes, but the coffee habit has blossomed and flourished!
I have come to love all kinds of coffee… strong and flavorful and dark, occasional milk-frothed lattes and cappuccinos, demitasses of gritty Greek coffee, and cream-laced espressos… perked, French-pressed, dripped, filtered, and also what I call my Father’s cowboy coffee which is made by putting coffee grounds and a bit of water in a pot, boiling it up and then adding more water to settle the grounds… sipped hot and black from a saucer. It's all good. Heck, I will even drink instant coffee if that is all there is.
I am one of those lucky people who can drink my beloved java all day long and into the evening without any effect on my sleep. I drink coffee till bed time most nights and then drift off into dreamland with no problem.
I like to work out 3 mornings a week on an empty stomach. Upon arising I have a glass of water into which I have squeezed and tossed half a lime… and then I have my first cup of coffee while I get dressed and assemble my workout gear. This normally works well for me.
I can handle an upper body workout, or a core workout quite nicely with no more sustenance. However, if the workout involves any cardio at all, or very much lower body work such as squats and lunges, I know that I need a little something more than just black coffee to help me power through. I have learned to put together a small protein drink to have before I get started.
When The Ripped Cream Coffee Creamer people asked me whether I would like to try their Chizzled Chocolate or their Lean Vanilla Bean, I replied ‘why choose? why not send both?’ which they did, quite promptly.
Now I don’t normally put anything in my morning coffee, therefore I am using the Ripped Cream only on mornings where I want a little extra something to fuel a workout. The first opportunity to try it came last Saturday.
The Captain and I were planning to head out for a short run so I poured us each a nice big cup of joe and strirred in some Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer… Chizzled Chocolate for The Captain, and Vanilla Lean Bean for me.
The suggested serving size is 2 tablespoons. The Vanilla has 90 calories, 2.5 g fat, 5 g protein, 11 amino acids, and a whopping 50% of the day’s Vitamin D3 requirement. It is gluten free and lactose free, too.
It dissolves instantly into the coffee….
for a really nice, and slightly sweet, Vanilla flavor. Turns an ordinary cup of coffee into a very special coffee for sure.
The Chocolate doesn’t lighten the coffee as much as the Vanilla does and has a slightly different nutritional profile.
And I should admit, that ‘cause we sat out on the balcony in our jammies in the sunshine and the coffee tasted so good, we did linger over it a little longer than we normally do.
We finally set out for our run and I should confess that I put an energy gel in my pocket just in case I started to feel weak or light headed… but I never thought about using it after we got going. The Ripped Cream got me through 4 km quite easily, although I was ready for an after-run snack by the time we got home and I finished rehydrating and stretching. The Captain can run quite easily on an empty stomach so the Ripped Cream certainly was enough for him as well.
My second test of the Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer came on Tuesday morning. I had another large cupful of coffee, this time with 2 Tbs of the Chizzled Chocolate flavor… and finished it just before I started a sweaty full-body 3-2-1 circuit workout.
The circuit consisted of lunge/squats, overhead presses, push up planks, skaters, jump squats, core work… and I completed 3 full rounds of it in 24 minutes and then added a 5 minute stretch. I still had lots in the tank and could easily have done another round but was pushed for time so I didn’t.
I am really pleased with my ability to perform after using the Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer. It has just enough nutrients for a quick burst to get me through a short run or a strength workout.
I can also see enjoying it in the afternoon if I need a bit of a pick me up and don’t want to have a snack. It would be easily portable, too. Just put a couple of spoonfuls in a baggie in your pocket our purse to tote along. And if you are someone who normally puts a creamer in your coffee, you will certainly appreciate this as well.
Would you like to try some Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer, too? Here is your chance!
The generous folks at Ripped Cream are going to send one person two full bags of Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer in the flavor of their choice… Chizzled Chocolate or Vanilla Lean Bean. You must have a U.S. address to enter.
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I was provided samples of Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer in order to write this review but the opinions are my own.
Are you a coffee fan? What is your favorite way to drink it?