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Coffee Alternatives: The Good & The Shitty

Please let me start off by saying that I love coffee.  When I went to Italy, I savoured on foamy cappuccinos in the morning and thick and creamy espressos in the afternoon. However back home, I’ve managed to leave my coffee consumption as a treat during the weekends. Having it even once a day can lead to a decreased resistance to stress and ladies if you suffer from ovarian cysts or low levels of iron, coffee probably should be left for the weekends. So I thought I’d provide you with a low down on some coffee alternatives available to you:

Green tea (caffeinated)

Many people will suggest that you drink green tea. But if you’re a hardcore coffee lover you will understand that this is nowhere near an adequate substitute. It lacks the creamy comfort that only coffee can bring. But here’s the thing: green tea has its place. It cools the body from excess heat and it supplies us with naturally occurring L-Theanine that puts our brains in the same brain waves as monks when they meditate. So while you might not want to replace your coffee entirely with green tea, adding it in here and there certainly has its benefits.

Tip: Add in a squeeze of lemon to increase the nutrient content

Chaga & Chocolate (non-caffeinated)

Chaga is known as one of the kings of immunity and one of the world’s highest source of antioxidants. This mushroom can be found on trees in parts of North America has been found to be excellent during cancer therapy and prevention. Not to mention it slows down the aging process, detoxifies the body and increases the body’s resistance to stress.

Tip: Steep this bad boy with cacao nibs and cinnamon and top with a little bit of organic cream for a creamy coffee substitute.

DandyBlend (non-caffeinated)

I love this stuff more than I can begin to tell you. It’s astounding at how much it actually tastes like coffee. This blend of dandelion, chicory, rye and beetroot is actually gluten free based on how it’s prepared. Their special blend is fantastic for the liver and naturally cleansing! Canadians, you can buy DandyBlend through Upaya Naturals and Americans you can get yours through iherb.com

Tip: If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll want to use 1 tbsp of DandyBlend in hot water versus the teaspoon recommended. Add a little bit of organic cream and you’re set.

Decaf Coffee

If you’ve been drinking decaf coffee in the hopes that drinking it is better than regularly caffeinated coffee, think again. To decaffeinate coffee, they actually use chemical solvents to decaffeinate your coffee that could be harmful to your health. Not to mention, during this process it actually loses much of its antioxidant properties. There are plenty of coffee alternatives, but these are just a few available to you. I’m certainly all about balance and I believe that treating yourself can be good for the soul. So now I want to hear from you:

What is your favourite coffee alternative?

Share your answers in the comments below!

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