Coffee and sugar- likely the two things people are most reluctant to give up with the cleanse. As someone who has done it more times than I can count, I can say it's very doable and doesn't need to be dire!
While I'm not a big coffee drinker (though I would be if my body wasn't so sensitive to caffeine because let's be honest, a good coffee is totally delicious), I have had my bouts of regular coffee drinking and when the time has come to make the move away from caffeine I've experimented with lots of different ways to do it.
Dandy Blend, this delicious dandelion based herbal beverage mix, has been a lifesaver. It has the most coffee-like taste of any non-caffeinate beverage I've found. Dandelion is a wonderful weed and the root is used to support liver and gallbladder health, clear skin, healthy digestion, and in TCM Dandelion is known for its positive benefits in all things related to the breasts. I've prepared Dandy Blend in many ways and give you two recipes below for drinks that feel a little decadent.
Speaking of treats...Sugar they say is more challenging to give up than many drugs. Not surprisingly, I think it depends on the individual, but for someone who is used to a morning muffin/scone, an afternoon cookie, and/or a late night ice cream, it's a bit of an adjustment to move away from the "white death powder" (a name given by a teacher of mine). Shifting to less processed forms of sweet can make the process actually enjoyable! These cookies are summer cleanse approved, and they are perfect for when you're wanting a little something sweet.
The 3-Day Summer Cleanse starts this Saturday with the opening call with Scott Blossom, me, and our special guest Alejandra Siroka. Alejandra is a friend from the yoga community and teaches Language Alchemy. She guides transformative processes involving mindful communication skills and empathetic self-inquiry with insight from many sources such as neurology, cognitive science, psychology, and yoga. I have learned some life changing tools from Alejandra, and I'm looking forward to her sharing about self-love on our call.
There's still time to register for the Cleanse if you haven't already. In case you haven't heard: it's donation-based meaning you receive the recipe-rich protocol by email and decide how much you'd like to donate. Scott and I are donating 25% of all donations to Dr. Sarita Shrestha, an Ayurvedic physician doing great work in Nepal. I hope you'll join us for this refreshing summer cleanse!
In the meantime, I recommend baking a batch of these yummy cookies, saying farewell to the sugary sweets for a bit, drinking lots of warm water, and trying out a non-caffeinated morning routine. I know many of you have made this transition before, and I'd love for you to share your tips in the comments to help out those who are newer.
Cheers to a healthier treat!
1/2 c water
3/4 c full fat organic cow's milk
1 heaped teaspoon Dandy Blend
maple syrup (optional)
Boil hot water and mix with Dandy Blend in a mug. In a small pot, bring cow's milk to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and use a frother or whisk to make your foam. Pour milk into mug and spoon foam on top as desired. Sweeten with maple syrup if you like.
*If you care to use non-dairy milk, only bring the "milk" to a warm temperature and avoid boiling then turn off the heat and make your foam.
*If you are on the go, make it in a thermos by combining water, Dandy Blend, a splash of milk, and a pea-sized amount of coconut oil. Tightly screw on the top and shake-shake-shake. Open to enjoy your foamy beverage to-go.
HEALTHY DATE COOKIES
Makes about 9 cookies.
1/2 c almond meal
1 T tahini
1 T brown rice syrup, warm
2 T water, hot
1/4 tsp flax meal (optional)
Fine sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a very small bowl, combine tahini, syrup, and water. In a small bowl, combine almond meal, flax, and tahini mixture. Add more water if needed to make a dryish cookie dough consistency. Scoop approximately 1 Tablespoon worth of dough onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and pat out to flatten a bit. Tear off part of the date and press it lightly into the top of the dough. One date should be enough for roughly 4 cookies. Repeat for the remaining dough. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt then pop in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove and allow to cool then carefully remove from baking sheet with a spatula. Enjoy mindfully with a cup of something warm.
*This recipe was inspired by Amadea Morningstar's Dream Cookies from her book Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners.