How to get that java jump without coffee

Waking up, there's something so comforting about wrapping your hands around a warm cup of coffee. So I’m sure the thought of me telling you to give up coffee for just a couple of weeks may actually cause you to go into a panic. But once you take the following recipes for a taste drive, you will soon realize that giving up your cup of java for a couple weeks is easier than you think. 

Now before we dive in, let me give you the low down on what coffee does to the body (even if it’s just one cup per day):
  • It taxes the nervous system (bad news if you’re easily startled or sensitive to noise)
  • It depletes the amount of magnesium in our system (the mineral that helps us to relax)
  • It strips away our friendly bacteria in our gut that we require for healthy digestion and to keep our stress hormone (cortisol) at bay
  • And believe it or not, having a cup of coffee after noon, will have the same as if you had a cup of coffee right before bed because it depletes a neurotransmitter in our brain that would otherwise help to calm ourselves so that we could go to bed
Now I’m not saying coffee is bad for you, because it isn’t. It’s actually high in antioxidants but giving it a rest sometimes, especially if you suffer from adrenal fatigue, is a good idea. I personally love coffee, but because I run at such a fast pace, I reserve it for the weekends only.

So without further ado, here are some amazing coffee alternatives that I know you’re going to love:

ENERGIZING HOT CHOCOLATE

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This is a caffeine-free option and it’s very energizing due the theobromine in cacao. Theobromine is a relative to caffeine but doesn’t have that peak and crash like coffee. But it tends to stay in longer than coffee and doesn’t tax the nervous system. The maca in this recipe helps us to adapt to stress and has it’s own energizing properties. And lastly, the cayenne increases blood flow by opening up the blood vessels, which in turn, provides us with energy.
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch cayenne
Heat, blend, pour and enjoy.


HEMP MATCHA LATTE

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This contains matcha that is essentially like a concentrated green tea. It does have caffeine in it but provides you with a sustained release without giving you that crash that coffee does. The addition of hemp hearts here give it 10g of added protein and fibre making it almost like a hot smoothie. And if you’re concerned by matcha’s price point, remember that you’re only using half a teaspoon at a time!
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp matcha green tea
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 drops stevia
  • Pinch sea salt
Heat and add to blender. Add hemp hearts last and then add to blender, pour and enjoy.


DANDY BLEND

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This is probably the best and closest coffee alternative that I’ve found. The taste is pretty close to coffee and it’s a blend of dandelion roots and other herbs. Its combination is actually quite detoxifying on the liver that will help you glow from the inside out! The dandelion root is rich in nutrients like potassium, iron and calcium. Roasted chicory root promotes healthy digestion and potassium actually helps to support the immune system. This combined with hot water, cinnamon and cream make it perfect!
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 heaping tbsp. Dandy Blend
  • Cream to top
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon
In a cup, add Dandy Blend and then hot water. Top with organic cream and cinnamon.


HOMEMADE CHAI TASTER

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This is a beautifully warming blend of spices that, like matcha, doesn’t make you crash. As a digestive aid, it enhances the immune system and has strong antioxidant properties. Plus, the warming spices make it perfect for the winter months.
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 bags of black tea
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan. Using mallet or back of large spoon, lightly crush or bruise spices. Add 6 cups water; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan, and simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add coconut milk and coconut sugar. Bring tea just to simmer over high heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Strain chai into teapot and serve hot.

Granted this recipe sounds a bit involved, but I generally make it at the top of the week, then I’ll refrigerate it and then reheat it so that I can have it for the next four days. 

Alright folks, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my coffee alternatives! If you have any questions, please come on over to my free and private Facebook group page, Sexy Food Therapy Community, where I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks and happy sipping!

-xo
Melissa

 
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