Attention coffee lovers and addicts, read first and judge second :)
This post is not meant to take away your morning cup of magic. If you are one of those people that say " Don't talk to me until I have had my coffee!"......chill out. Or if you wake up with RBF (resting bitch face) until that first sip touches the lips, don't fret. Drink away, because no one wants another angry human on the streets. Instead, this post is meant to shed light on a healthy alternative.
If you love coffee, you are not alone According to a Harvard study, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every single day. The worldwide average of number of cups of coffee consumed each day is outrageous, 500 billion cups per day!
Coffee Pros and Cons
In many ways, coffee is very good for the human body. Consumption of coffee is said to help us live longer, lower our risk for diabetes, lower the chances for liver disease and damage, and it increases stamina, alertness, and productivity. Cup of magic indeed. However, maybe you feel the need to cut back a bit? Probably a good idea. Drinking too much coffee comes with risks. Coffee can be over-stimulating, especially after that second cup. Some consequences of over-consumption include insomnia, intestinal issues due to high acidity, poor absorption of minerals, and unintended stress and anxiety.
A Case for Herbal Coffee
When broken down, this herbal coffee recipe is a very healthy drink with benefits that rival coffee. This caffeine-free blend supports the liver, digestion, is high in antioxidants and won't wear out your adrenals. Roots of dandelion, chicory, and burdock are common in a herbal coffee mixture. These roots are allies for the liver and kidneys. Burdock and dandelion help the liver do what it does best; filters the blood, removes toxins, and metabolizes alcohol. Chicory root, adds body and creaminess to herbal coffee, contains high amounts of inulin. Inulin is a prebiotic, a great source of soluble fiber, and blood sugar regulator allowing nutrients such as carbohydrates to be digested slowly. Cacoa nibs contain high amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids, as well as magnesium. Cacoa nibs add some depth and bitterness to the recipe. Add a natural sweetener such as licorice root or stevia, and some spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg and this mixture rounds out well. YUM.
Herbal Coffee Recipe
Makes about 2 liters
- 1/4 oz Roasted Chicory Root
- 1/4 oz Roasted Dandelion Root
- 1/8 oz Burdock Root
- 1/8 oz cacoa nibs
- A pinch of licorice root and cinnamon to taste
Herbal Coffee Recipe
- 1 part Roasted Chicory Root
- 1 part Roasted Dandelion Root
- 1/2 part Burdock root
- 1/2 part Cacoa Nibs
- Pinch of Licorice root
- Cinnamon to taste
Place this herbal blend in a glass jar or French Press. Add boiling water (8oz per 1-2 teaspoon of herb). Let it steep for at least 5-10 minutes. Enjoy :)