I need my coffee!
Just kidding. I've actually never been a coffee drinker. But I used to love Starbucks for those super sugary, GMO infested, flavored and frothy "coffee" drinks.
But there's plenty of reasons to kick coffee (besides those GMOs) or at least decrease your consumption.
Coffee is very acidic to the body (yes, even if it's organic), a diuretic, and really bad for the colon as it sucks all the moisture right out of it! But my biggest gripe with coffee isn't any of those things. It's the caffeine. Coffee and caffeine doesn't keep you up because of the caffeine, well at least not directly.
It stimulates the adrenals.
Drinking coffee once in a while might be fine, but daily consumption for long periods of time (years) is a recipe for disaster. It will almost inevitably cause adrenal fatigue when you're older which is extremely hard to recover from. Adrenal fatigue can also lead to hypothyroidism.
But enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff! I've created a wonderful coffee-like drink that provides sustained energy and tastes amazing.
Choclatree has an amazing drink called the "Heart On" which I get every time I go. It's essentially an adult hot chocolate with superfoods like Maca, cacao, adaptogens and cayenne in it. It is well worth the $11 for this warm glass of sweet and savory bliss.
This creation is reminiscent of that drink.
Jnantik is a local product (kind of) that tastes like coffee, but unlike coffee, is completely alkaline. This ancient Mayan seed is full of protein, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and even fiber. It also helps with milk production. It can give you sustained energy without the caffeine.
Begin with Jnantik, which has a smooth, coffee like texture and taste.
Brew Jnantik as directed. Basically as a tea; boil water, then steep the powder and strain if desired.
After letting it cool to a temperature where I can touch it (ensuring the rest of my raw superfoods stay raw!), I begin to add the love:
2 TBS Raw, organic Cacao powder
1 TBS coconut sugar (or organic, amber maple syrup)
1 TBS Raw, organic Maca
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
1/8 tsp Vanilla extract (I use alcohol free)
Sprinkle of cayenne
Splash of homemade nutmilk (I used Cashew)
Although this drink could be complete at this point, if you want the froth like at Starbucks, then you just need a basic blender.
Place warm (never hot liquids in your Vitamix!) beverage in your Vitamix (or any blender) and blend on high until it changes to a lighter color. When you pour it into your mug it will be nice and frothy.
That's it! Try this tasty beverage instead of coffee the next time you're getting your day started.