I promise I am not going to try to take your coffee away, ever. (Especially YOU Tiffany Tatom!)
But…if you’re looking for an alternative for whatever reason, I have one for you. The last time I had coffee was in Puerto Rico the first week of May. I had two cups of Puerto Rican (delicious) coffee but got SUPER SICK afterwards. I am not sure if it was because the coffee I make at home is very weak and this was very strong or what…but I had to stay in my room, unmoving for almost half of the day. I felt anxious, nauseous, and shaky. My heart rate was up and I was altogether a mess. Great way to spend a day in paradise!
So that scared me enough to seek an alternative. I love tea of all kinds: iced tea, Big T NYC, hot tea, hot chocolate. But none of those were really quenching my thirst for coffee. I didn’t drink coffee for the caffeine like most (ALL!), I really just love the process of making my coffee in the mornings, adding
a lot of my favorite cream and sugar, sitting in my office, and getting to work with a cup of something warm and tasty.
That something for me now is Dandy Blend. After reading the reviews I was sold and ordered a HUGE bag on Amazon. (Order it here). It really is a large bag and I keep it in the freezer to maintain freshness.
What the heck is it?
Straight from their super informative website Dandy Blend claims:
- It tastes remarkably like a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee, no brewing, dissolves instantly in hot or cold liquid.
- It is caffeine free, and has no acidity or bitterness. It is the only herbal coffee substitute in the US that features both the health benefits of dandelion root and the rich, full-bodied flavor, smoothness and texture of real coffee. Many say that, because it lacks bitterness and acidity, it actually tastes better than coffee.
- It is made of water-soluble extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye. Nothing else is added. While we make no claims for Dandy Blend other than that it is a delicious herbal beverage with the taste, body, and texture of coffee, the ingredients – dandelion, chicory and beet roots, and barley and rye grains – are all health-promoting foods respected throughout the world.
- It contains no gluten. Gluten, which is comprised of proteins that are not water-soluble, is left behind in the grounds to be composted during the extracting process, leaving Dandy Blend gluten-free.
- The sweetness some perceive in Dandy Blend is primarily from the fructose that occurs naturally in the roots of dandelion and chicory. Many people require no additional sweeteners.
- It contains over 50 trace minerals in each cup, most of which the body uses to help synthesize compounds needed in metabolism.
- There are no headaches or other withdrawal symptoms when switching from coffee to Dandy Blend. It is like switching from one brand of coffee to another. Most people generally can’t tell that they aren’t drinking coffee.
- On top of all this, Dandy Blend costs as little as 7 cents a cup – less, on a per cup basis, than coffee, or instant coffee alternatives that do not contain dandelion.
Y’all, all I know is I combine equal parts of unsweetened coconut milk with water (about a cup each) and almost bring to a boil. Then I add coconut sugar and a little bit of coconut creamer. Voila. It is super tasty and sort of a combo of coffee and hot chocolate. SO GOOD! I SWEAR!
I don’t make this every morning but have a feeling I will make it a lot more as the fall and winter temperatures drop. So, again only if you WANT an alternative, give Dandy Blend a whirl and let me know what you think.
Photo Credit: http://www.dandyblend.com