This latte is going to change your life.
Years ago, I used to be completely dependent on my morning cup o’ joe to get me through the day. When I got married I BEGGED my husband to let me buy a small espresso machine so I could make my morning latte at home. I just couldn’t imagine life without this daily ritual. Over the years, I realized that what I loved most was the cozy warm feeling I go when I drank coffee – ya know, the hygge of it.
Fast forward several years. I was still enjoying my daily coffee but the days dragged on, and I felt like I needed a nap every. single. day. Isn’t coffee supposed to help with this? It seemed to lose its ability to help me feel energized, but I kept drinking it because I couldn’t live without my cozy drink in the morning. It was at this time that I also started to realize I may in fact be half cat. Because they are all about snoozing and being cozy, right? Truthfully, I had taxed my adrenals with all the caffeine. Coffee is a stimulant, and as such, stimulates your adrenal glands which activate your fight or flight response. Over and over again I was releasing adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormone) into my body by drinking coffee. Yikes!
After I started school for holistic nutrition, I was introduced to Dandy Blend by a friend and colleague. What the heck is this fake coffee, I thought. But I tried it and loved it. I loved it SO MUCH, that I actually quit drinking coffee cold turkey and starting crafting lattes in my blender using this magical stuff.
Dandy Blend is a coffee substitute that dissolves in water, just like instant coffee. It is made from the roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beet, as well as barley and rye. The way they process it makes it gluten free.
Can we just talk about this latte, though? It is blended with hot water but is SO thick and creamy because of the addition of all the healthy fats, dates and nut or seed butter. It is 100% cozy in a cup, and I literally start every single day with one of these. Even in the summer!
So why would you want to try this? The latte is satiating and blood sugar balancing, delicious, and gut loving (if you add in the collagen). It is often enough to get me through the morning because it is like a warm smoothie! It can also be completely customized to your specific dietary needs. Nut free? Use pumpkin seed butter. Dairy free? Use cacao butter or coconut oil. Vegan? Omit the collagen.
Once blended, a beautiful froth will form on the top, making it look and taste all fancy and shit.