It's day 11 of my 2 week coffee cleanse. I have to say the first few days were tough, but it's been easier every day. Especially when you can sip on other yummy beverages.
#1 Matcha Latte
To wean yourself off caffeine (instead of doing it cold turkey), I recommend green tea. There are many health benefits especially with matcha. Matcha uses the whole tea leaf, which is ground down into a fine powder.
it's high in antioxidants, boosts immunity, detoxifies the body and provides sustainable energy without the usual side-effects of other stimulants. A 1g serving contains 34mg of caffeine, compared to 70-180mg for a cup of coffee.
Not all matcha powders are the same. For the best and purist form, look for "ceremonial" grade matcha. Don't freak out on the price! A little goes a long, long way. Be aware of those "green tea lattes" you get at the coffee shop. There is a tonne of extra sugar and additives in those. For the best results and quality, make it at home.
To prepare: Add a teaspoon of the match powder to a mug and about a tablespoon of hot water. The bamboo whisk works really well to blend the tea powder. Stir until it's a fine paste then add more water until the mug is about three quarters full. You can add honey if you like at this time (I do since matcha is on the bitter side). You can also drink as is, but I like mine topped with frothy almond milk. I have an espresso maker so I just use the steam attachment, but you can also use one of those frothing gadgets. Matcha powder can also be used to put a little kick in your smoothies.
#2 Dandelion Blend Coffee Substitute
Let's face it, tea is nice, but it tastes nothing like coffee. If you're craving that coffee flavor, then try this coffee substitute. It's caffeine free and contains roasted barley, roasted rye, roasted chicory root, roasted beetroot and dandelion extract.
There is a similar one called Bambu that I have seen in town, but it's missing the dandelion extract. The dandelion is key because it promotes digestion, it's cleansing for the kidneys, improves liver function and contains many antioxidants.
I have not been able to find this in Charlottetown, but you can buy it online. The Bambu one is also worth buying if you need that coffee taste NOW!
To prepare: Add 2 teaspoons (or more to taste) to boiled water or hot milk. It can also be served cold.
#3 Turmeric Tea
Now for something completely different! I saw this on a friend of mine's blog and gave it a try. It's delicious and oh so nutritious!
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry that bold yellow colour. It's a natural anti-inflammatory and has strong antioxidant effects on the body. It also stimulates a particular brain hormone, which helps to fight degenerative processes in the brain. Read more about turmeric and how it's said to even help prevent major diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.
To prepare: Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 2 cups of almond milk. You can also use rice, oat or coconut. Put these ingredients in a pot with1 teaspoon of raw honey and heat slowly, being sure not to boil. Transfer to a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.
What would you drink besides coffee?
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.