I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Today, I’m kicking off the New Year with the beginnings of a new habit. A caffeine-free habit. If you intended to join the Caffeine-Free Challenge, but haven’t signed up for the emails yet, go do so now!
For the rest of you, I’ll be posting the occasional update here at Food Renegade. Starting NOW.
I don’t have a caffeine addiction. At least, I don’t think I do. I know; I’d be a terrible 12-stepper. I say this because any time I’ve given up coffee in the past, I’ve had none of the typical withdrawal symptoms. No headaches. No irritability. No lethargy. What I miss is the flavor. At least that’s what I tell myself.
If you’re like me and love coffee for the flavor, for the aroma of a warm, dark, and creamy roasted beverage, then perhaps you’d like to try out these flavorful, Food Renegade approved coffee substitutes:
Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings — This is a delicious, full-bodied herbal tea blend made from roasted barley, chicory, and carob with a hint of cinnamon and allspice. I let it steep for 8-10 minutes to get a nice, strong flavor. It's inexpensive and a nice treat on cold mornings.
Dandy Blend by Goosefoot Acres — Made from dandelion root (a natural liver detox agent) and roasted rye, barley, chicory, and beet roots, this brews up like an instant coffee. Just stir a couple of tablespoons into boiling water, and voila! Coffee substitute. I love this because dandelion root is so good for your liver and kidneys that I can actually think of this like a health drink! (No, it's not like raw milk or kombucha, but it's still good for you!)
Teeccino — These coffee-substitute blends are dreamy. In addition to roasted goodness, they come flavored with dates, almonds, vanilla, and other natural goodies to replicate many gourmet flavors like Mocha, Hazelnut, and Chocolate Mint. They're also 75% organic. BONUS.
If I’m really just addicted to the flavor and aroma, then perhaps these simple substitutes will keep me in good spirits. If not, then I’ll need to re-evaluate my Plan A. (You know, the one where I quit coffee cold turkey and just go without it for a month by sheer effort of will.)
If you know my Plan A won’t work for you, don’t fret! In the Challenge emails, I’ll be sending out a number of alternative plans over the coming weeks in the hopes that one of them will work for you. Again, if you want to join us in the Caffeine-Free Challenge, sign up here!