Monday, January 18, 2010

Life without Joe

Letting go of Joe and all things caffeine has been a piece of cake... so far. Caffeine withdrawal is usually one of the first issues to surface during an elimination diet. Thankfully, I had started using more herbal teas a few weeks ago as a replacement for the daily cups of coffee. So while I wasn't expecting to be on an elimination diet, I'd inadvertently gotten a head start on the new food plan and had bypassed the migraine stage!

Here's what I've been drinking in place of coffee:

Herbal teas are my new liquid love ~ Twinings makes a kick-ass orange blend (pictured above). Peppermint is another refreshing option!

Dandy Blend, Roma, and Caffix are instant mock coffees, with blends of dandelion, chicory, or barley. I liked Caffix the best. You can usually find these brands at Whole Foods. To add a flavorful twist I use cinnamon or orange essence, which can be found in the spice aisle.

Teeccino also offers instant "coffee" blends. Still waiting for my trial pack to arrive but I have a feeling this will be the best one yet. The Teeccino site also hosts information on the benefits of reducing or eliminating caffeine from your food plan. Check them out!

I've saved the best drink for last!

I'm very excited to share with you a recipe from Raw foods chef Kristen Suzanne! She has generously given permission to publish it on HHJ. Thanks, Kristen!

My Mocha Latte Fix

Yields 2 Servings

2 cups water
3/4 cup Brazil nuts, unsoaked
1/2 cup cashews, soaked 1 hour, rinsed and drained
2 soft dates, pitted
1 tbsp raw chocolate powder
2 tsp raw agave nectar
3/4 tsp coffee extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean (I used a little vanilla extract)
pinch nutmeg
pinch cayenne (gives it some "heat")
pinch sea salt (optional)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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