As you may know according to one of my recent posts, I’ve quit coffee for a bit. As I mentioned, possibly biggest thing that’s kept me going is being able to have another drink that fills in for my previous coffee ritual.
So, instead of spending the big bucks on the latest fancy drink or kombucha craze (I admit I am a victim to a good wellness-based marketing scheme), I've decided to start mixing up concoctions on my own in the kitchen as part of my high vibe morning routine. And might I say, it’s been a splendid ride.
Warning--when reading through these drinks, your first reaction might be, "Stef who the f*ck drinks those kinds of things?!" Hold up, let's keep an open mind here, folks. Each offer unique, holistic health benefits that give you more than meets the eye. Of course they aren't coffee, but just trust me on this one.
DRINKS TO REPLACE COFFEE
I use the same base of almond milk + vanilla + stevia for most of my drinks. It’s just what works for me, but feel free to take your own spin on this -- you do you.
1. Matcha-licious Latte (contains caffeine)
1 c. almond milk or water just before boiling
½ - 1 ½ tsp. matcha powder*
1 tsp. coconut oil or coconut butter
Stevia (or other sweetener) to taste
My fav add-ins: ashwaganda + reishi (adaptogens that are great for balancing hormones)
Directions: Heat water or almond milk until just before boiling point (if it's too hot, it burns the matcha leaves and gives it a bitter taste). Steep with 0.5-1.5 tsp matcha powder + add into blender. Blend with remaining ingredients until frothy. Pour over ice if that strikes your fancy.
*Start slow with your matcha dose, then gradually build up. I tried making my first latte with 1.5 tsp matcha and was hit with mad nausea + headaches. Everyone's different, so pay attention to your body.
What matcha tastes like: Matcha is definitely more earthy tasting, and it might catch you off guard at first. You’ll get used to it, or you can doctor it up enough to taste uber delish.
Benefits of matcha: Matcha has been my true saving grace on this coffee-free journey. It’s been used for eons by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks stay alert while relaxing and meditating. It’s high in antioxidants, enhances calm, increases memory and concentration, increases energy and endurance, boosts metabolism without the negative side-effects of coffee (increased heart rate, high blood pressure), strengthens the immune system.
My go-to Matcha powder:
2. Chaga ‘Coffee Imposter' Tea (caffeine-free)
1 tea bag Chaga Tea OR 1 packet Chaga (I use Four Sigmatic brand)
1 cup almond milk (or less)
Stevia (or other sweetener) to taste.
My favorite add-ins: collagen peptides, cacao powder, maca.
Directions: If using Chaga in a tea bag, brew the tea for about 5-7 minutes. If using a chaga packet, mix the packet with *almost* boiling water. Add all ingredients into the blender (can you tell I really love my blender?) and blend until frothy. Voila!
What Chaga tastes like: It has a deeper, darker flavor, much like coffee (hence the 'coffee imposter' name). Of course, it’s not exact, but it’s probably the closest you can get to coffee herbally.
Benefits of Chaga: Chaga is a mushroom (stick with me). It supports the immune system, soothes pain, antimicrobial, supports gastrointestinal health, and is super chocked full of antioxidants.
My go-to Chaga packets
3. Turmeric Golden Milk (caffeine-free)
1 c. coconut milk (or almond milk)
1 tsp. turmeric (I use )
1 tsp. coconut oil *helps your body absorb the turmeric
Honey or stevia to sweeten
Optional add-ins: ashwaganda + reishi adaptogens.
Directions: Heat almond milk on the stove. Add the rest of ingredients into your blender, and blend until frothy. Pour over ice if you're into that vibe.
What Turmeric Golden Milk Tastes Like: A warm hug from grandma <3 No seriously. This stuff is like crack, but the good kind. You’ll just have to try it out.
Benefits of Turmeric Golden Milk: Golden milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink that has been made by Kundalini yogis for years, and there’s no doubt why. Turmeric contains circumin, which is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories out there. It is amazing at increasing blood circulation, fighting infection and disease, and promoting healthy cell function. Specifically, it helps promote sleep, heal colds, sore throat, diarrhea, IBD, menstrual cramps, headaches, and arthritis.
My go-to Turmeric Golden Milk Mix:
4. Celery Juice
Hahhh this ain't a joke. For a month I completed the Medical Medium Cleanse. It calls for 16 oz. of celery juice every morning which might seem crazy, but it truly helped me kick coffee 100%. See my insta post about it here.
There ya have it, folks--basically my survival guide for quitting coffee. Before we end, I have a confession. We're on vacation this week in Colorado in a town that has my number one favorite coffee ever, so I'm trying with all my willpower to stay coffee-free. However I might just but I have to treat myself :) Stay tuned.
Enjoy your sipping!
All my love,
P.S. As I said, I'm obsessed with getting beverage-y so you may see another one of these posts in the future.