I'm starting to suspect caffeine as a catalyst to some of my body's recent quirks.
So, does anyone know of a naturally caffeine-free beverage similar to coffee?
I have been drinking rooibos instead of coffee. Black tea on an empty stomach makes me feel nauseous, because of the tannins, and rooibos is low in tannins and naturally caffeine-free. Of course it does not taste as good as coffee (what does?) but I think it tastes pretty good. Sometimes I stir in a spoonful of full-fat coconut milk.
I like rooibos - there's a green rooibos/nettle/rose petal blend from Mountain Rose Herbs called Dawn Chorus that I really like. Other coffee-esque herbal blends include dandelion root, which has a nice roasty flavor. A lot of "herbal coffees" contain roasted barley, which is probably not paleo (i.e. Teecino, which brews like coffee). I saw a roasted cacao bean drink at the store yesterday (http://www.criobru.com/) that looks interesting but I haven't tried it.
Celestial Seasonings Roastaroma Tea is nice (it has roasted barley though). I've purchased chicory from Sweet Maria's in bulk. OR you could just use the whole thing as an excuse to drink paleo hot chocolate...with cayenne pepper.
love the Crio Bru (http://www.criobru.com/) but think it has caffine
and love Red rooiboos - The Republic of Tea, Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea and that IS natually caffine free http://www.amazon.com/The-Republic-Tea-Vanilla-36-Count/dp/B001B2SY9U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333455386&sr=8-2
How about hot cocoa made with a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder, some coconut oil, and some coconut cream or coconut milk, (or maybe heavy cream or go bullet-proof style with a bit of ghee/butter?)
A touch of vanilla extract or cinnamon works nicely too.
And if you like spicy foods, a touch of cayenne pepper works wonders. Let the hot water steep the cocoa for a few minutes to deactivate any remaining phytate, and it's ready to go.
You could also have it cold, or add some gelatin powder and leave it in the fridge overnight for a chocolate like jello
Similar to coffee in that.... It picks you up? or that it is warm and a nice way to start your day? or..?
If you're looking for something that picks you up, it may be hard to find since the caffeine is what most people look to get out of coffee. I found that I am much more alert when I make sure I am fully hydrated, so I would suggest water. If you're like just having a warm beverage, you can go the decaf coffee route, or teas. Yerbe Mate is a decent choice.
I've had their Vanilla and Hazelnut. It tastes similar to coffee but it's definitely not the same. It tastes more "sweet" and is barely bitter. It's basically a blend of nuts, things like Dandelion root, chicory and tea leaves (depending on what flavor, the ingredients vary) that comes together to tastes similar to coffee.
I can't remember, but I'm fairly sure that there is a very very small amount of sugar from dates/figs. I think one serving is like 15 calories or something, but I can't remember.
For me, it was wasn't a coffee substitute at all, so I couldn't drink it thinking of it as "coffee"...but as a tea, it's not too bad. You might think it's pretty good though!
I'm working on decaffeinating.
Decaf is a good option, though not caffeine "free". Chicory tastes funny to me.
Chai spices + cream + hot water = good choice, especially with extra cinnamon.
Hot chocolate = cream + hot water + 1/2tsp honey + cocoa powder + vanilla.
It's not a hot drink but S. Pelligrino with lemon is very nice with yogurt and fruit.
I go one of three routes depending on my mood:
** Paleo disclaimer: Carob has a TON of sucrose, but since it's a natural, 'whole' food, kinda like honey, I'm OK with it in small amounts, and a tablespoon isn't going to hurt me.
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