This Cleansing and Healthy Herbal Coffee is gut healing and full of nutrients and healthy fats.
If there was one thing I learned over the last half a decade or so – it’s that I needed to listen to my body.
- It craves salt when I’m deficient in sodium.
- I naturally tend to turn towards iodine-rich foods when I’m feeling stressed as stress depletes iodine.
- I learned that I mostly craved a warm, creamy beverage in the mornings. It wasn’t so much the caffeine that I needed. It was the warm drink that I was reaching towards. It only took me a few years to figure that one out!
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I’ve been making this herbal coffee concoction for years and I just love that I can drink this at all hours of the day and it won’t give me a jolt nor a crash afterwards. It doesn’t deplete me of nutrients like coffee does and it doesn’t leave me dehydrated after just one cup. Because, let’s face it – who can have just one cup?
I usually double this herbal coffee and keep it in a glass container and use my French press to brew a single cup, or two.
The Herbal Coffee Mix itself contains only four ingredients. For your drink, you would fix your coffee whichever way suits your fancy. I enjoy my “coffee” with a teaspoon of pastured butter and a splash of raw cream. I go back and forth between dairy cream and coconut cream – both are divine in their own way. I skip the sugar – but I have added coconut sugar to my cup in the past.
Chicory is a relative of the dandelion plant. It’s leaves are popular in salads and the roots are great in coffee substitutions. Besides being a great source of vitamins and minerals including zinc, magnesium, and potassium, chicory also contains inulin, a soluble fiber that feeds digestive flora to the intestines. In other words, chicory root is a powerful probiotic. (source)
You may have considered dandelion to be a weed, but it actually has a long history of therapeutic use in countries including Korea and Mexico. Dandelion roots contains chemicals whose biological properties are being studied for their roles in human health. Specifically, evidence suggests that dandelion contains antioxidants and compounds that may support body’s natural immune response. (source)
It’s also an excellent food and herbal medicine and a very rich source of beta-carotene which we then convert into vitamin A. The flowering plant and leaves are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.
Yerba Mate are the leaves and twigs of the mate plant and like most teas, are chock full of vitamins and minerals. It has an herbal, grassy taste that resembles a bit like certain types of green tea. There is anecdotal evidence suggesting yerba mate may contain caffeine – though I am convinced it is in much smaller quantities than the regular coffee. (source) You may choose to omit this if the sneaky caffeine content bothers you.
I use a handheld frother similar to this one to create that buttery, creamy foam on the surface. Enjoy a cup yourself – you won’t miss the caffeine.
Cleansing and Healthy Herbal Coffee
- For Herbal Coffee Mix:
- 1c. roasted chicory root
- ½ c. roasted dandelion root
- ½ c. dandelion leaves
- ½c. Yerba Mate (optional)
- For Coffee Drink:
- 1 tablespoon of Herbal Coffee Mix
- 1½ cup boiling water
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon coconut milk OR almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of collagen
- 1t sweetener of choice (optional)
- Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, etc...
- Combine all ingredients for the Coffee Mix. Store in a glass jar in a dark place.
- In a French coffee press, scoop ½ - one tablespoon of the mix and pour boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour into cup, add your favorite fixings and enjoy!
- Alternatively, if you don't have french press, you may use a mason jar to steep and a strainer to strain the herbs.