Getting Off The Bean

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A Healthy Substite For Coffee That Tastes Great


Want the java monkey off your back without headaches, cold sweats, and an ever-present fear of falling asleep at the wheel? This delicious raw beverage was created during a two week living foods cleanse to keep my husband from going postal on anyone within five feet of him.  I find it eases the transition off the bean, keeps me awake, focused and clear-headed.  It puts an extra pep in my step like coffee but without the 10am come down that has me jonesing for sugar or another cup o’ joe.  Try it for yourself and let me know your results.

"The Maca FACA"
1 teaspoon Maca Powder
1 tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder
1/4 teaspoon DoMatcha Green Tea Powder
1 to 1 1/2 cup Almond Milk (easy to make your own)
1 teaspoon raw honey
dash of cayenne pepper

In a blender (Magic Bullet works great for this small job) mix all ingredients until well combined.  Adjust the Matcha Green Tea Powder as needed to keep yourself caffeinated.  For most ¼ teaspoon in combination with the Maca and raw chocolate is plenty, but there is no need to suffer through the transition.  Maca is an adaptogen and will help you through the change.  It is also a stimulant that helps with focus and mental clarity (and some say sexual prowess- bonus!).  This beverage will give you the pick me up of coffee without taxing your system.  Once you no longer physically crave the caffeine you can cut the green tea powder.

Dollars and Sense

raw cacaoA quick mention on cost is in order since you will be laying out some cash up front for the organic ingredients in this beverage.  When you add up the Maca (about $18 for 16oz), Raw Cacao ($14 for 16 ounces), Matcha Green Tea ($25), and the raw honey ($7) you get a grand total of $64.  Not cheap (prices shown are what I found on Amazon today).  Keep in mind that this should keep a single person stocked for two to three months if not longer. It bares mentioning that coffee gives you mental stimulus but no nutritional value, whereas the Maca Facka contains a bounty of antioxidants, phytonutrients, bioflavinoids, and even iron.  All that and for less than the price of 16 cups of coffee at Starbucks.  You are worth it!  Also note that  you can taper down the use of the matcha green tea and use that as a yummy, antioxidant rich treat on its own.

macaWhether or not to invest in a Magic Bullet is a question of efficiency and clean up time.  A VitaMix is the only blender you’ll ever need, period.  I got one of these as a gift and thought, “pisshaaw, I’ll never use this goofy little machine.  I have the mighty Vita-Mix.”  I was wrong.  I busted it out to make baby food for my son and it has been out and actively used in my kitchen ever since.   Love it for the Maca Fack, small or single servings of smoothie, salad dressings, and baby food.  It’s definitely not a MUST-HAVE, but man is it handy if you hate the blender clean up as much as me.

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