Wellness

Alt.Coffee


We admit it. We love coffee. Maybe a little too much. In our quest for delicious and appropriate alternatives, we decided to seek help from a pro. Amy Fischer is a New York-based registered dietician and recipe developer, who has lived all over the world. She shared her proprietary recipes for interesting, nurturing, and most importantly, tasty alt.coffees. 

Matcha Latte

Matcha is made from finely ground or powdered green tea leaves, so you’re drinking the entire leaf instead of just steeping tea leaves in hot water and then tossing them. It’s traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies to encourage calmness and relaxation. Matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, chlorophyll, and the amino acid L-theanine. Polyphenols are associated with protection against heart disease and cancer, lowered blood pressure, anti-aging benefits as well as providing a metabolism boost. L-theanine produces a relaxing effect from increasing serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and glycine levels in the brain which may be why matcha doesn’t cause the “jitters” some people experience from coffee.

2 8-ounce servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot filtered water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. raw honey (more to taste)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add matcha powder to hot water and whisk until matcha has dissolved.
  2. Add coconut milk, cinnamon and honey, whisking ingredients until well combined and a light froth has formed on top. Serve hot.

Chocolate Reishi Milk 

Cacao is a favorite caffeine alternative. Who doesn’t love chocolate? This drink is made with raw cacao, so you’re getting the nutrients from the cacao bean without all the sugar and artificial ingredients found in store-bought hot chocolate. Theobromine is the chemical in cacao beans that has been shown to lower blood pressure and possibly reduce the risk of heart attacks. Reishi mushroom, a.k.a. “mushroom of immortality” contains antioxidants and is an immune booster.

2 8-ounce servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or nut milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. lucuma (a low-glycemic sweetener made from a South American fruit)
  • 1 tsp. reishi powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat water and coconut milk until a light simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and add cacao, maple syrup, lucuma, reishi, cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt.
  3. Whisk well until combined, and serve hot. (You can also put all ingredients in a blender & then heat in saucepan over low heat until hot or serve cold.)

 

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk

It’s all in the name: Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk is great any time of day, but I think it’s actually the perfect bedtime nightcap. The milk is golden because it’s loaded with one of my favorite anti-inflammatories, turmeric. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, and the added black pepper boosts its effectiveness. Enjoy this drink hot or cold.

2 8-ounce servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water (I like Harmless Harvest)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or nut milk of choice, for a nut-free version use coconut or tigernut milk)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grated turmeric (or 1 tsp. ground)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp. ground)
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  2. Strain through nut bag or sieve.
  3. Delicious cold or heat until warmed through.

For more Amy, visit her at her site,  www.thegreenfisch.com, and on her inspirational instagram

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