Delicious Herbal Coffee Alternative

I used to be a big coffee person, but over the years I have not been a big fan of the way coffee has made me feel afterwards. But I love starting my day off with a delicious beverage and always looking for something delicious and nutritious. Here is my favorite, delicious herbal coffee alternative that has numerous health benefits.

Coffee has health benefits, such as lowering risks of diabetes and alzheimer’s, but too much caffeine can have unwanted side affects such as accelerated aging, osteoporosis and weight gain due to blood sugar fluctuations. Additionally, coffee is one of the most chemically treated crops in the world. Estimates say that about 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers are sprayed per acre of non-organic coffee. (sorry Starbucks lovers!)

Fortunately there is a natural, herbal alternative to coffee that tastes great and has many health benefits and most people even testify that they experience zero with drawl symptoms when they switch from coffee to this delicious herbal coffee alternative.

Dandy Blend:

Dandy Blend is a blend of ground dandelion, roasted chicory, roasted beetroot and barley and rye – yet it is Gluten Free, Caffeine Free and acid free! It contains 50 trace minerals in every cup so it provides the body with essential nutrients that help to boost metabolism and support many other bodily systems. The mixture is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and even kids. Health benefits of Dandy Blend are that the mixture:

  • Aids digestions
  • Supports Liver & Kidney function
  • High in Antioxidants
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Reduces Inflammation

Dandelion is one of the most potent detoxifying herbs that is high in antioxidants and has potential anti-cancer properties. It’s a powerful liver tonic and blood purifier. It helps to regulate insulin levels and promote normal bowel function.

My Dandy Latte Recipe

Mix all this in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix (where to buy) until blended. You can heat on a stovetop if you want it warmed. I like mine both cold or warmed depending on the seasons. This is my healthy version of a latte using this delicious herbal coffee alternative.

Healthiest Fats to Have in Your Kitchen

For years fat has been made out to be horrible for your health, a cause for obesity and heart problems. More and more studies are showing that there are actually many health benefits to eating good fats on a regular basis. This post will share with you which fats are beneficial for your health and which should be avoided. I will also share with you which fats are my favorite to cook with! Here are the healthiest fats to have in your kitchen!

Benefits of fats

In our society we have been conditioned to think that fat is bad and leads to obesity and health problems. The truth is that saturated fat is essential for brain health, to boost our immune system and to promote healthy hair and skin. This fat is actually a high source of antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for overall health and well-being. Saturated fats contain Vitamins A, D, E, and K which are fat soluble. Meaning the fat is needed in order for the body to absorb those necessary vitamins. If you’re drinking skim or non-fat milk, you don’t have the fat you need to absorb the vitamins in milk. Without absorbing the vitamins, you can’t absorb the minerals. Animal fats are uniquely nutrient-dense foods. Vitamin B6 and B12, are not available in plant foods. Tallow, Lark and Fats are really nutrient-dense foods that come packaged in the fat that you need to absorb them, along with protein. They’re kind of a perfect package of nutrient-dense food and can add a lot of benefit to overall health and well-being. These fats are also an important source of Omega-3 which is essential for reducing inflammation and helps to lower the risk of chronic disease and is important for cognitive health and behavioral function.

The body requires saturated fat for the proper function of our:

  • Liver
  • Bones
  • Cell Membranes
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Hormones
  • Genetic Regulation

Clinical trials over the past decade have clearly showed that a diet higher in fat and restricted in carbohydrate results in health improvements such as weight loss and a reduction in risk factors for diabetes, and heart disease. A high-fat diet typically means eating animal foods. Of course, there are very healthy saturated plant fats such as coconut oil and palm oil.

These good fats also have a higher smoking point when you cook with them, so they do not oxidize when heated. This means that the molecules of fat do not break down into harmful toxins from the heat, which has been associated with many health problems. Here is a list of my favorite fats that I keep in my kitchen for cooking.

Healthiest Fats to Have in Your Kitchen:

  1. Duck Fat – (where to buy)
  2. Pork Lard – (where to buy)
  3. Beef Tallow – (where to buy)
  4. Avocado Oil – (where to buy)
  5. Coconut Oil – (where to buy)
  6. Ghee – (where to buy)
  7. Grass Fed Butter – (where to buy)

Dangers of processed vegetable oils:

These vegetable oils are highly processed and unnatural. Here is a great description of the unnatural process of making vegetable oil. Processed vegetable oils have been shown to release cancer causing chemicals when cooked and linked to cancer and other health problems. These oils are high in polyunsaturated fats which are unstable and oxidize quickly when heated. Oxidized fats cause inflammation and mutilation in our cells which has been associated with many problems such as Cancer, Endometriosis and Heart Disease. These fats are also high in Omega-6, which pushes out Omega-3, which is necessary for normal growth and development.

Here is a list of oils I avoid using at home:

  • Canola Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Soybean Oils
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Corn Oil.

Unfortunately, when dining out it is most likely they are using processed vegetable oils. It’s best to reduce eating out or choose more health conscious restaurants to reduce your exposure to these harmful oils. I avoid them in my house to try to eliminate my exposure to them as much as possible. Most processed foods contain these oils in the ingredients.

 

 

Homemade Nutella Smoothie Bowl

When it comes to breakfast in our house I have 3 requirements: It has to be Easy to make, Delicious and Nutritious. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I like to pack it full of as much nutrients as I can to start our day! Here is a recipe for one of our favorite breakfast recipes for your to add to your menu lineup.

 

Homemade Nutella Smoothie Bowl

Who doesn’t love Nutella? It’s so yummy, but unfortunately it is not very healthy. I found an organic version that we use once in awhile here as a treat. But when it comes to breakfast I like to start our days off with something that is going to offer clean fuel to our bodies. This recipe I created one morning when I wanted something to make for breakfast, and quickly! I rifled through my pantry and gathered some ingredients I had on hand and came up with a super yummy version of a smoothie bowl that tasted like ice cream, and was jam packed with nutrients! Talk about a win-win! You could even serve this as dessert, or as a treat on a warm day!

Ingredients:

Throw everything but the toppings into a high-powered blender (where to buy) and let it blend until its almost completely smooth. You can add more water or coconut milk if needed. Pour this into a bowl and add your favorite toppings such as hemp seeds (where to buy), Bee Pollen (where to buy) and Shredded Coconut (where to buy). Enjoy!