I'm going to be honest here, I love the ritual of making and drinking my morning latte. I enjoy the whole experience. On the downside, I know coffee is acidic and it doesn't exactly fit with the healthy high raw regime I follow but... I tell myself it's not so bad as I choose organic and only have one cup! Maybe my daily green smoothie and juice balance it all out right? Wrong!
The time has come to quit and I'm going to have to be gentle with myself. I have tried substitutes in the past but they just don't do it for me. What I am looking to do now is create a new morning ritual that starts my day with the soothing hug in a mug I currently enjoy.
I've thought about what it is I desire from my morning brew and it is something warm and creamy with a little kick to it. I have researched, tried and tested various options and I've found it has to be something 'milky' for me. Tea wouldn't work. I love herbal teas but not at this time in the day. So here is my new favourite morning latte.
11/2 cups coconut water or filtered water
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1-2 medjool dates for sweetness if desired
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon Maca powder
1/4 teaspoon Matcha
1 teaspoon Lucuma
1 tablespoon Cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon Ashwaganda
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of himalayan sea salt
Blend all the ingredients for a couple of minutes, until warm. Pour into your favourite mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg and enjoy!
To save time, prep all the dry ingredients the evening before and store in an airtight container.
As for the benefits, here is a little snippet of the goodness these ingredients do for your body!
Maca a natural energy booster and hormone balancer
Matcha gives a natural sustained energy boost and is packed with antioxidants
Lucuma a natural anti-inflammatory and great for skin
Cacao full of antioxidants and a natural mood lifter
Ashwagandha supports the immune system, perfect during the winter months
Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties
Nutmeg an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
Alongside this, as I'm an all or nothing person, I will be doing another 3 Day Green Smoothie Challenge followed by the 21-Day Green Smoothie Detox! This will take me nicely into the party season with my inner sparkle ignited. I'll be sporting a natural glow, feel energised and ever so slightly pleased with myself! If you are ready to commit to you and are up for joining, me click on the link and sign up at www.bodyenlightenment.me/kirstenf - what have you got to lose (apart from a bunch of toxins and sleepy mornings) it's time you did something for yourself.
Why wait - Join me and put YOU at the top of your to do list and feel amazing, refreshed and gorgeous just in time for the holidays.
Kirsten is a Certified Coach with Body Enlightenment and is passionate about promoting the amazing health benefits of natural wholesome food and supporting people as they take charge of their wellness. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org