When I first read over the list of foods to cut in order to restore my digestive health, the one that gave me the biggest shock was coffee.
My eyes scanned the list: Sugar– bummer, but no surprise; Wheat and Gluten– That kinda sucks, but I’ll figure it out; Peanut Butter– Oh man! Well, I guess almond butter is supposed to be pretty good; Coffee– Come On! Are you kidding me?
But after scouring countless Candida books, websites and forums, I had to face facts: coffee is a stimulant which releases sugar into the bloodstream and feeds yeast. It’s also acidic, which slows down or halts the body’s attempts at healing itself.
Over the last two years I’ve been on a mission to find the closest thing to real coffee. Although I really love, and actually prefer now, healthier options like this ginger cinnamon tea, I still miss coffee.
Not the caffeine or the jolt, just the roasty smell, the warmth and the subtle bite of it, which is particular to nothing else. If you feel the same I have excellent news for you.
I figured it out.
When I’ve been feeling really good, once every few months, I’ve indulged in a half a cup of coffee on special occasions. The funny thing is, I’m way more in-tune with my body now and I notice how it affects me.
I feel sort of dried out and weird, or even have a little stomach discomfort if I drink too much.
To think I used to sit in diners and literally drink cup after cup of the cheapest possible version of this stuff. I always liked coffee but I drank it to excess so I could keep talking to boys I had crushes on. We met in these neutral grounds for adolescent pondering and debate. That is, in the juvenile purgatory known as the friend zone.
I can’t fault myself for being a sentimental, chubby, weirdo. But man, I should have laid off the coffee.
I love teas, and even had quite a run with chicory coffee following this recipe from Whole New Mom. It is really nice, but it’s different. In my mind, it’s the equivalent to chocolate vs. carob.
Carob and chicory are nice in their own way: sweet and rich, but they don’t have the grounding warmth and tug of coffee and chocolate.
To get that little bite you need in a good cup of joe, I start with dandelion root tea, which is also really good for helping the liver detoxify.
I always liked my coffee with cream to take the edge off the acidity. And because I like creamy, luscious things better than watery things. Don’t you?
To get that consistency, I warm some almond milk on the stove in a small pot (or in the microwave if you’re not afraid of it) and add it to the dandelion tea once it’s steeped.
Then just a teaspoon of alcohol-free coffee flavoring is the not-so-secret ingredient.
Drink it hot or pour it over ice once it’s cooled down (skip warming the almond milk) to have a nice refreshing iced “coffee”.
And there you have it. All the flavor and creaminess you love about coffee without the jitters, the glycemic rush, or the dried out feeling.
Though I still drink it with a glass of water because… well, that’s how you drink coffee.
Do you miss coffee?
Have you found any good alternatives? Share them below! I’m always up for trying new recipes.
- ¼ cup water
- 1Tbs. dried dandelion root
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp alcohol-free coffee flavoring
- Stevia- optional
- Steep dandelion root in boiling water for 6 to 10 minutes
- Heat almond milk in small pot on stovetop until steaming not boiling) or microwave 40 seconds
- Add tea to milk and stir in coffee flavoring
- Add stevia if desired