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Coffee Alternatives / four recipes

Here are 4 drinks you can make in place of coffee; whether you aren't a coffee drinker, or just want to try something new, there's bound to be one you'll like!

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The first drink is a turmeric latte which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Turmeric also has many other health benefits; being linked to curing/preventing cancer and many other diseases. 

INGREDIENTS//

  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Large pinch of ground cinnamon 
  • Large pinch of ground ginger 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil 
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1-2 tsp honey

METHOD// HOT

  1. In a small saucepan, heat up your almond milk
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, then add in the coconut oil and honey, and mix well. 
  3. Once your almond milk is nearly to boil (about 2-3 mins) add in the turmeric paste you made earlier and mix until dissolved. You can add more honey to taste if you wish to make it sweeter. 
  4. Transfer into a cup and you're done! 

METHOD// ICED

  1. In a cup, mix together all the dry ingredients, then add in the coconut oil and honey, and mix well.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of hot water to the turmeric paste and stir until everything has dissolved and combined. 
  3. Add your almond milk to the cup and top with ice! 

The next recipe is for a Match Latte. Matcha is a highly specialised type of green tea. Matcha is a fine powder made from green tea leaves, which means unlike green tea, you are drinking the actual leaves (rather than the water infused from the leaves). In addition to containing many vitamins and minerals, Matcha is rich in antioxidants which are known to help fight cancer and heart disease. Matcha is also a natural detoxifier which helps boost your metabolism, aiding with weight loss. Note that because you are consuming the entire green tea leaf, you are getting about the same amount of caffeine you would from a cup of brewed coffee. But the caffeine you consume from matcha is different from one you would get from coffee, so your body will react differently. 

INGREDIENTS//

  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder (1 if you like it strong)
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 tsp honey 

METHOD// 

  1. In a small saucepan, heat your almond milk. 
  2. Add your matcha powder to a small bowl along with a teaspoon of hot water. If you have a matcha whisk, mix it until the powder dissolve. If not, just use a teaspoon. 
  3. Once your milk is hot, combine it into a cup along with your matcha paste and honey. Mix  well and enjoy! 

This next drink is made with coconut milk, so its super creamy! It's a coconut milk hot chocolate. Unlike many other hot chocolates, this one is very healthy for you, with the same great taste (if not better). I make it with cacao powder instead of cocoa as it is much healthier, being that it's in a more purer state. Cacao powder is made by cold pressing un roasted cacao beans, meaning it's the purest form of chocolate there is, still being raw. Cacao is known to have the highest source of antioxidants and magnesium in all foods. On the other hand, cocoa powder is simply a heated, and more processed version of cacao powder. It still contains many health properties, but not nearly as many as cacao. 

INGREDIENTS// 

  • 1.5 tsp cacao powder 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil 
  • Pinch of cinnamon 
  • 1 cup coconut milk 

METHOD//

  1. Heat your coconut milk in a small saucepan. 
  2. In a small bowl, add all the other ingredients and mix until it becomes a paste. 
  3. Once your milk is hot, combine it with your paste in a mug or cup. You can add more honey if you want it sweeter, and also add cacao powder on top if you like. Enjoy! 

The last recipe is for a chai latte. Chai lattes are another super healthy option as they contain many spices! I recommend buying a quality chai spice mix as it contains everything that a chai latte needs. Otherwise, you can make your own if you have all the spices and tea to do so. If you want to make your own, simply look up a recipe that suits what you have on hand and follow the quantities correctly to ensure the ratio of spices to tea is correct! Chai spice mixes typically contain ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamon, cloves, and black tea. Due to the black tea in chai spice mixes, it is another caffeinated drink, but it is quite low in caffeine compared to coffee so it is still a great substitute. 

INGREDIENTS//

  • 2 tsp chai spice mix 
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mik 

METHOD//

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to boil. 
  2. Once the water is boiling, add in the chai spice mix and let it simmer for about 5 mins on low heat. 
  3. After 5 mins, the water should be a darkish brown colour. Now it's time to add your chosen milk and mix it together.
  4. Let the milk heat up (about 1-2 mins). Take a small teapot with a strainer, and add honey to the bottom. 
  5. Once the milk it hot, transfer it to the tea pot, so the tea leaves and spices fall into the strainer. 
  6. Simply pour the tea latte into a cup and enjoy! 

If you have any questions, comment bellow!

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