I gave up coffee.
Well, it’s not so much that I gave it up, like intentionally.. it’s more of just listening to my body. And, as it seems, my body no longer wants coffee.
Which, I must admit, wasn’t the easiest tuning into my body I’ve ever done – I’ve been drinking coffee since my early teenage years, I’ve identified myself as an avid coffee drinker and anyone who ever met me know that coffee and I have (had) a passionate relationship.
When Steffen asked me to move to Germany, my answer was like – yes.. IF you’ll be making me coffee in the morning, I like waking up to a cup of coffee.
(He did it for like a year, then I guess he became too comfortable………… 😀 )
Joking aside – coffee was really something I loved.
But my body disagrees. It happened before, I remember. A year ago or something, I barely drank any coffee for a few days, it just didn’t taste good. But I pushed through anyways and drank it – because “I am a passionate coffee drinker”. Power of identity.
However, this time when it happened, I acted mindfully. I took a sip and it just didn’t taste good.
I decided to listen to my body, and didn’t drink that cup.
Next morning, I made myself new cup of coffee – took a sip and threw it away, again.
A couple of mornings later, it was clear that I no longer enjoy coffee – I might cry – this is NOT an easy discovery for me – but I listened.
Lack of coffee making created a confusion in my morning routine, which started, every day for like 15years, with coffee.
So I had to come up with something else. Tea wasn’t gonna work – my morning taste buds can handle two things; water with lemon and coffee.
Inspired and creative in the kitchen as I am (even at 5.30-6am, as it turns out), while repeating my affirmations, I was roaming around the kitchen, confused, trying to find a substitute.
And I did.
Ladies, if you ever wanted to start your day with a
– quick and simple
– hormone nurturing
– stress banishing
– blood sugar stabilizing
– and of course, chocolatey (this is a real word, right?!)
drink, you’re welcome.
All you’re gonna need is few minutes to warm it all up and combine.
Ingredients are simple and amazing, you probably have all of them at home.
Except if you’re not a protein powder lover – I’m usually not either, because of how tricky it is to find a protein powder worthy of me.
You may omit protein powder if you want, but it definitely adds to the creaminess and smoothness, and getting protein first thing in the morning is a really good choice. It helps the muscles get any protein they may have lost over night, while ensuring a stabile blood sugar and energy levels.
If you’re looking to get a protein powder, here’s what to look for – well, what I look for. You may do as you wish, right 😛
Organic and vegan. I don’t do any wheys, caseins, dairy, animal proteins because there’s simply no need for that. Plants are always a better choice as far as protein powders go.
No artificial sweeteners, flavors etc. This is another reason to go vegan and organic; brand who produce organic, vegan proteins are mostly aware of the fact that people who search these kinds of products want to be healthy, not become bodybuilders – so they focus on achieving healthy powder, not the “good tasting” one. Although the one I use is tasty and doesn’t leave the dreaded “aftertaste”.
It’s pretty simple – if you notice ingredients you don’t understand, it’s probably not what you need in your life.
Mine has ingredients like: pea protein, hemp protein and one more (I guess rice) and stevia. Simple is good.
I would usually include the link so that you can get the exact one I get – but it’s a German brand and the site is in German sooooo… if you still want it, DM me and I’ll be happy to help.
WHY YOU SHOULD EAT IT:
– Almond milk: vitamin E, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, calcium
– Turmeric: iron, vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, zinc, antioxidants
– Maca powder: vitamin C, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, adaptogen
– Cinnamon: antioxdiants, manganese, calcium, iron, several more vitamins + minerals & fiber
– Cacao powder: flavanols, manganese, calcium, iron, several more vitamins + minerals & fiber
GOOD MORNING MACA DRINK
Hormone friendly delicious coffee substitute
- 1 cup plant milk your choice 🙂
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp/tbsp coconut oil optional
- 1 tsp/tbsp honey or maple syrup optional
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder, vanilla or neutral high quality powder
Warm up the milk in the small sauce pan (no need to boil), add everything else.
Combine until smooth & enjoy!