Cacao Tea Latte

I’ve been experimenting with different morning drinks and right now I’m super into Crio Bru cacao tea.

Crio Bru is made of ground and roasted cacao nibs - it’s virtually caffeine free and less acidic than coffee or cacao powder (since you steep it like a loose leaf tea). I love that Crio Bru comes in a handful of different roasts similar to coffee. I like them all, but the Limited Edition Tanzania blend is my current favorite.

I reguarly drink Crio Bru as I would loose leaf tea: simply steep, strain and drink. But if you’re looking for a creamier, richer cup, this is the way to go. When blended up with superfoods and adaptogenic herbs the cacao tea turns into a powerful potion that gives me a natural boost of energy and none of the tummy troubles I often experience with coffee.

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Cacao Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew your Crio Bru tea according to the package instructions (you can use a French press or loose leaf tea strainer).

  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until frothy).

  3. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

This post was generously sponsored by Crio Bru. Thank you Crio Bru for supporting my continued explorations in healthy eating and living!

Gut Healing Ginger Latte

This "latte" is unlike anything you'd find at Starbucks - it's dairy, coffee AND sugar free, and actually packed with superfoods that help heal your gut. I also happen to think it's completely delicious and energizing in it's own right, no caffeine required!

Before I jump into the recipe, I want to highlight a few of the awesome ingredients in here:

Collagen - Collagen is pure protein and it helps heal the lining of your gut. It's also great for your hair, skin and nails. Plain collagen powder is completely flavorless, so you can add it to just about anything - I love it in my latte drinks and this addictive Almond Butter Fudge, but you can also simply stir into tea, coffee, smoothies or oatmeal. Think of it like a tasteless clean protein powder.

Ginger - Ginger has been used for centuries as both a powerful anti-inflammatory and stomach-calming remedy. Plus, it gives this latte a great flavor without sugar or fake ingredients.

Ashwaganda - Ashwaganda is an adaptogen which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way. From my experience, so many gut issues (indigestion, bloating, constipation, gas, etc) originate not from food, but from stress. In fact, your body cannot properly digest food if it's stressed out and in that "fight or flight" mode. The more you are able to chill out around meal time, the better able you'll be able to drop into your "rest and digest" mode, leading to fewer uncomfortable digestive issues.

Gut Healing Ginger Latte / dairy free, gluten free, paleo, caffeine free

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (I like Vital Proteins)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (about 1/2 - 1 inch)
  • Generous dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (omit if drinking this at night)
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
  • 2 cups hot water
  • A few drops of stevia or raw honey, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Boil your water.
  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy and delicious.

I've enjoyed this spicy latte both in the morning and at night. If you do choose to drink this at night, I suggest omitting the maca as it has quite an energizing effect on the body.

Caffeine Free Favorites

The past few weeks I've been passing on most caffeine - that means none of my beloved matcha lattes, bulletproof coffees and very little kombucha. 

I've been working on my adrenal health and greatly reducing my caffeine intake is part of that healing process. I'll share more about WHY I'm doing this at some point, but if you're interested in learning how caffeine could be wrecking havoc on your health and wellness goals (especially if you are a woman), I suggest watching this interview: Hormones 101 with Alisa Vitti. This interview, along with some test results I received from my doctor, was what finally got me to give up my coffee/matcha/caffeine habit.

One of the hardest parts of giving up my morning hit of caffeine was giving up the ritual - I love that quiet time in the morning where I whisk or blend or pour myself a hot cup of comfort, and then sit and sip before officially starting my day. So I started to experiment with caffeine free alternatives and I'm sharing my favorites with you today.

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My favorite caffeine free teas, lattes and more:

- Nettle Tea and Dandelion Tea - These teas are bitter and earthy, which makes them great coffee replacements.

- Teechino - Teechino is a coffee alternative made with herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee. It's non-acidic and naturally caffeine free, but when mixed with a little non-dairy milk you may be convinced you're sipping joe. There's a bunch of delicious flavors like French Roast, Hazelnut, Vanilla Nut and Chocolate.

- Gut Healing Ginger Latte - This recipe tastes like a chai latte, but is packed with gut (and hormone) friendly superfoods like ginger, collagen, and ashwaganda.

- Hot Water with Lemon - I know this tastes NOTHING like coffee, but hot water with lemon is GREAT for your digestion and gives you a noticeable energy boost. No fresh lemon juice on hand? You can also use a drop of doTERRA lemon essential oil.

- Peppermint Tea - Again, totally NOT coffee but mint is naturally energizing. It's also wonderful for your digestion making this a perfect AM or post-meal tea.

- Zen Bear Mocha Chaga Honey Tea - For those days when you want a mocha, this honey tea will hit the spot! Simply stir the superfood infused honey into hot water, add a splash of your favorite non-dairy milk and ENJOY!

- Free Ride + Wild Ginger Kombucha from Revive Kombucha - Most kombucha contains caffeine, but these two blends from my friends at Revive are totally caffeine free! Cool!

Looking for coffee alternatives that still pack a little caffeine kick? Read this post: Coffee Alternatives.

As always, I'm sharing my opinions in hope that they give you ideas and inspiration for how you can live your healthiest, happiest, most energetic life. If you're thinking caffeine may not be supporting you at this time, I suggest experimenting with some of these alternatives! Yes, you may go through some uncomfortable symptoms (headaches, tiredness, muscle soreness) as your body adjusts, but it won't be forever. I've personally felt SO much better (more even energy, no more afternoon slump, more restful sleep) since reducing my caffeine intake. This may not be a "forever" thing, but it's what's working for me, for now.

 

 

 
Do you drink a hot beverage in the morning? Caffeine or caffeine free?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
 

Spicy Citrus Tea

Tummy feeling off? Or just need something to bust through the after-dinner sweet cravings? This is the tea for you. The brightness of the citrus paired with the spiciness of the ginger and cayenne both calms belly discomfort AND sugar cravings. I like it as is, but feel free to add 1-2 tsp of raw local honey if it's a little too strong for you :)

Spicy Citrus Tea // vegan, gluten free, paleo, sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1/2 lemon, sliced

- 1/2 orange, sliced

- 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced

- generous pinch of cayenne (optional, but great for your digestion and immune system!)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and cover with 2-3 cups of filtered water.
  2. Let simmer over medium high heat for about 10 minutes (you can let it go longer for a more concentrated flavor).
  3. Pour into a mug and ENJOY!

Bulletproof Matcha Latte

Give your matcha tea an extra BOOST with brain-boosting fats and energizing collagen.

Bulletproof Matcha Latte // paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

- 3/4 cup water

- 2 tsp matcha powder

- 1 tsp ghee or butter (can use coconut butter for vegan version)

- 1 tsp coconut oil

- 1 tsp collagen powder

- vanilla + stevia or sweetener to taste

Instructions:

1. Heat water and almond milk until hot but not boiling.

2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy!