ditch coffee this summer for 3 drinks your body will love
Is your two-a-day coffee ritual a habit or hindrance ?
I’ve been pretty open about my tight knit relationship with the Starbucks barista dudes. They provide me food and shelter, lift my spirits when I’ve had 2 hours of sleep, and they make that last stretch of work a little jazzier.
Cool travel mugs and latte art aside, those 2-3 mugs a day of the dark stuff has developed into a bit of crutch over the years.
While the post-coffee highs have me feeling blissful and psyched- by evening time I’m paying back all that extra energy in spades.
So this Spring I’ve decided to dump the pot on this roller-coaster relationship, 3pm cravings & energy slumps–and rewire my 9 am brain to crave something a little more herbal.
Scary, I know.
Where will I get my energy?
Why would I do such a thing?
What will I do with my hands from 9-10 in the morning?
Am I nuts?
Yes, but that’s beside the point.
It doesn’t take a naturopath to illustrate that I am at times anxious, hyperactive and have delicate blood sugar balancing issues. These are decent reasons alone to break it off for good with my espresso machine.
A stimulant of the nervous system, high doses of caffeine have been shown to increase feelings of anxiety, stress on the body & mind. Honey, your afternoon latte date might be causing you insomnia, irritability, and fatigue once that delicious buzz wears off.
Caffeine causing tiredness and stress? Isn’t that a bit counterintuitive?
Here’s what goes down: When you consume caffeine, your brain is alerted to send signals to your adrenal glands to produce the hormone adrenaline. Adrenaline is responsible for that extra burst of energy you get as your running to catch your plane as their calling your name over the intercom. ‘GO, GO, GO!!’
By stimulating the production of adrenalin, caffeine puts your body in this “fight-or-flight” state, which isn’t exactly called forwhen your just reading the morning paper. As these affects of the adrenaline wears off later, here comes your afternoon dip in energy and onslaught of cravings and irritability.
Thinking about ditching the brew?
Even if your holding onto your barista for dear might, these refreshing beverages are ready to be shaken, splashed and enjoyed on a dock somewhere with a handful of ice cubes this summer.
No barista or bar men required.
SPIRULINA COCONUT WATER REFRESHER
Not everyone jumps at the opportunity to chug back spirulina with their toast in the morning, but you don’t have to be a die-hard green juice lover to enjoy the benefits of this refreshing combo.
Coconut water and spirulina blend seamlessly in this ultra-hydrating and naturally stimulating beverage.
-> Recipe: Shake 500 ml coconut water + 1/2 teaspoon spirulina + berries to top.
Great for: After a late night, one too many glasses of wine, post workout.
MACA CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK
Maca Root powder has been my favourite superfood find during the dark days of my coffee detox. Throw in a little cacao and our taste buds aren’t the only ones having a party.
Cacao Powder: The raw form of chocolate. High in stress-reducing minerals, skin-loving antioxidants & helps our body to produce serotonin, our feel-good neurotransmitters.
Maca: Available in powder form at most health food stores. Known as the ‘Peruvian Ginseng’ promoting endurance, non-jittery energy, balanced moods and a healthy libido.
-> Recipe: 500 ml almond milk (homemade preferably) blended with 1 tsp maca powder, 1.5 tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder & 1 mejool date until frothy.
ICED HERBAL TEA LIMEADE
Not thrilled about getting your 8 glasses a day? Iced Herbal teas can turn your distaste for water into a juicy addiction. If you want to keep a little caffeine in your life, try green tea mixed with herbal for a amazing flavour.
-> Recipe: Simply brew tea (I used pomegranate raspberry green) double strength, let cool a bit and add in lots of ice cubes to cool down quickly. Squeeze in a pinch of maple and fresh citrus juice to taste.
Great for: During workouts, as an afternoon energizer, first thing in the morning to cleanse the system.