For many people, coffee is their Achilles' Heel. The aroma, the dark taste, the way it makes you feel. I get it. It can be great. What I don't love is the inevitable crash. About an hour later your energy plummets and you feel drained. And so you go searching for another coffee or sweet, chocolate, anything that will give you a boost to get through your day. The high you get from coffee comes with a price.
Top 3 Reasons to Limit Caffeine
SPIKE AND CRASH ROLLERCOASTER. As caffeine is an artificial stimulant, it can give you a wonderfully high energy boost (sometimes too high... I'm looking at you twitchy). Inevitably the crash follows and nobody wants to feel that low. Most people just accept it as normal because they've been drinking coffee for so many years, they just accept the 3pm slump as a normal part to your day. But it doesn't have to be!
STRESS BOMB. As caffeine artificially stimulates your energy, it also releases higher amounts of cortisol than your body would do naturally. If you're not living on a beach somewhere, you likely have enough things causing stress in your day. Contributing to the overall stimulation of cortisol isn't exactly what your body needs.
LEADS TO POOR FOOD CHOICES. I'm talking about when your energy tanks, your blood sugar tanks and you look for anything to give you a boost. When you're in this state, self control usually goes out the window, as your brain is searching for quick energy. And what's the brains preferred form of energy? GLUCOSE. Quick sugar.
For all these reasons, I have developed a drink recipe that allows me to engage in the social and warming aspect of a cup of coffee, without the caffeine. You may be asking at this point ' But Nicole, what about DECAF?". Decaf still has remnants of caffeine and is further processed to remove the caffeine from it. Anything that goes through such processing isn't ideal for our body to break down. So here is my super foods, mood and energy regulating recipe for a gentle lift of energy. Use this drink to replace your morning coffee or as a pre-work out.
I've utilized Maca in this recipe because it is a superfood like no other. It comes from Peru as a root vegetable, but carries infamous medicinal properties.
For this recipe you need a blender. Make sure you don't use a magic bullet or a blender that doesn't have a place to release steam, as it might explode (trust me!).
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp chicory coffee substitute powder (i like Bambu)
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp raw cocoa powder
2 cups warm milk or alternative
1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Heat milk on a stove top until warm.
Place all ingredients in a blender including milk and blitz until frothy (about 20 seconds).