How to Make "Detox Coffee" LattesMar 03, 2017
Let's talk about the elephant in the room---detox. It seems like half of the qualified nutritionists I know HATE the word detox. I get it. It feels a bit sensational and overused.
But the reality is that it's a necessary and healthy part of our body's processes and I wouldn't want to be without my detoxifying organs.
Your kidneys, liver and GI system handle the elimination in your body. Kidneys make urine and your liver is a filter for chemicals, alcohol and any of the stuff that your body says, "Whoa nelly! We didn't need that in here!"
That's probably why I get grossed out about eating animal liver because I think about the liver's function in the human body. Let's just let that sink in for a hot second so you can be as grossed out as I am about what might be going through a cow's liver these days.....
So yes, take care of your naturally detoxifying organs. There's times where we put "stuff" in (oh, HELLOOOOO bottle of wine!) and it puts a little stress on those functions. I value putting things in to give it a boost every so often and absolutely do a total body food tune-up at least once a year (email me if you want my recs: [email protected])
Part of the reason some people have sworn off the word "detox" is due to its gray meaning and perceptions. Some people think it's 5 sticks of cinnamon, the juice of a lemon and who knows what concoction. While I don't think every DIY concoction is bogus, I do really believe in a solid foundation of health before you can add "embellishments". It doesn't hurt to do a little research beyond advertisements on what ingredients might make up a legit detox elixir.
If you're all aboard the "foundational health" train with me, start with a LOT more water and a LOT less processed food.
Back to dandelion tea. I didn't start drinking dandelion tea for its alleged detoxifying effects. I started drinking it because I needed an alternative to coffee and caffeine. I get annoying when I drink coffee, crash, and sometimes it exacerbates my eczema. Now that I've been off of it for a while, I seem to tolerate it in bits, but this dandelion tea is the best faux coffee replacement I've found.
No, it's NOT a perfect match, but still better than anything else I've tried. But the BEST part? The emulsified coconut oil gives the coffee a creamy, frothy taste AND moisturizes your lips! When was the last time you said that about your coffee? Hehehehe.
Detox Faux Coffee Latte
* Dandy Blend powdered dandelion tea (should have an affiliate link)
* Hot water
* Coconut oil
* Nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, whatever)
* Stevia--prefer Sweet Leaf Vanilla Cream liquid stevia drops or 100% pure maple syrup
As with most of my "throw together" recipes, the amounts are relative and can be adjusted up or down to your liking and preferences.
1. Put one heaping teaspoon of dandy blend into a blender (can add more if you like stronger coffee or less if you like it weak).
2. Fill with about 8 ounces hot water.
3. Add about 4 ounces or less of nut milk until you think the color of the coffee mix is right for your preference (this might cool down your latte a bit so don't worry if your water is pretty hot).
4. Add 1/2 tsp coconut oil.
5. Add 1/2 tsp maple syrup or about 6 drops of liquid stevia.
6. Blend just until emulsified and frothy.
The result should yield a beautiful 12 oz cup of frothy latte. Sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg on top if you're fancy.
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