Coffee Alternative to Boost Your Morning

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I LOVE coffee and usually have it on Mondays, Thursdays (those tend to be the days that I struggle to get out of bed and the house on time) and once throughout the weekend. But, since I‘ve been treating my blog more like a business, working full-time and being a full-time single mama…Coffee has not been loving me back!

I’ve been drinking coffee at least four times a week and sometimes in the evening as I close one laptop then log right back on to another. Lately, I’ve noticed as late as 1:00 or 2:00 PM my heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest, after having only one cup around 8:00 AM. #1 super scary and #2 hella distracting when there are still several things that need to be crossed off my to-do list.

So, I hopped on young Pinterest and re-visited one of my long forgotten about boards full of coffee alternatives. The recipe listed below is my own adaptation of my favorite coffee alternative; Mocha Maca Matcha. It’s full of amazing health benefits, tastes great and more importantly it’s ENERGIZING!

I buy all of the below mentioned ingredients from HomeGoods, with the exception of green tea matcha. Trader Joe’s (one of my favorite stores) sells single-serve packets of green tea matcha, which happen to be the equivalent of the amount needed for this recipe.

Mocha Maca Matcha

Ingredients
1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder
1/2 Tsp of green tea matcha
1 Dash of cinnamon
1/2 Tsp of maca powder
1/2 Tsp of turmeric (I buy a turmeric and cinnamon blend from HomeGoods. Kill two ingredient birds with one stone.)
1 Cup of water or almond milk (If you prefer a very thin consistency, use 1 cup of water. If you prefer a thicker consistency, more like hot chocolate, use 1 cup of almond milk. My preference is ½ cup of water and ½ cup of almond milk)
2 Tbsp of honey

Additional Options:
1 Tbsp of coconut oil (I don’t add this mine because I don’t enjoy the taste of coconut oil.)
Stevia or some other sweetner (I don’t use artificial sweeteners, nor do I use sugar in my coffee. Honey just seemed like a natural choice so I went with that instead.)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a single-serve blender and pulse until everything is mixed well and smoothly. Trust me, you will want to use a blender for this. If you don’t have a single-serve blender, I would recommend doubling or tripling the ingredients and storing what you don’t use in the refrigerator. You can either heat the mixture up or have it cold, right out of the blender. I enjoy drinking it both ways.

I highly doubt that I will give coffee up completely. I enjoy it too much! But, I;m always looking for ways to give myself an extra boost of energy throughout the day. Please, feel free to share your energy boosting secrets and tips below. Let me know what some of your favorite coffee brands are too!

Love you, mean it.
-Alicia