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I’ve missed coffee. The nutty aroma, the energy, the ritual. All of it. But, when my Interstitial Cystitis got worse, I had to cut it out of my diet completely. The acidity and the caffeine were just too much for my body to handle. So I went months without a morning drink. I missed having a warm mug of something every morning, but I just couldn’t figure out what to have. Then, I decided to start making my Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate and never looked back. After a couple months of variations on this hot chocolate every morning, I started looking at coffee alternatives to try, and now I’m drinking this Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte almost every morning. Dandy Blend didn’t work for me and I tried other herbal alternatives, but my body just wasn’t into it. Then, one day, I saw Rasa Koffee on Instagram. I know, I know. So typical right? Trying some trendy product you see on social media. But guys, this stuff is AMAZING. And while I am an affiliate with them (you can purchase Rasa here with my affiliate link or use code “SIMPLYSHANNONAGINS” at checkout!), I wouldn’t be sharing their product if I didn’t absolutely love it. Rasa is barely acidic, caffeine free, and full of powerful adaptogenic and tonic herbs. It gives you a mellow boost without making you feel jittery. And it’s the perfect base for my Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte!
A Quick Adaptogen Update
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’ve been super into adaptogenic and tonic herbs. I started with some shrooms: reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps. Reishi is amazing for physical and mental stress management. It’s calming but also helps your body adapt to different external and internal stresses (hence the name “adaptogen”). I still consume lion’s mane on a daily basis to help with cognitive and nerve health (hello, fibro!). And cordyceps is essential for me on mornings I wake up utterly fatigues and exhausted. It helps boost my energy to at least functional levels!
Through more research and some amazing guidance from Ashley at GreenLove (a local herbalist from whom I get a lot of my goods), I’ve expanded my horizons a bit. I also now consumer shilajit almost every morning as well to boost my energy and support my immune system. Schisandra berry is a favorite of mine these days as well to help support cleansing. I take it in the Beauty Elixir Powder from GreenLove that also includes ingredients like tremella, lognan fruit, pearl powder, and he shou wu. I also started taking chaga, either in tincture form or drinking Rasa Koffee. Chaga is amazing for immune support, which I know we could all use a little more of. Other herbs in Rasa include eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, ashwagandha, mycelium, rhodiola, ceylon cinnamon, and reishi.
If adaptogenic, tonic, and Ayurvedic are something that interest you, I highly recommend doing a bit of research before starting. They can be very beneficial, but not every herb is suitable for every person. Some may even interact with medications you may be taking. I am not a doctor, dietitian, or herbalist. I highly recommend speaking to a professional as well as doing your own research before jumping in! And if you’re skeptical of the power of these herbs, I completely understand. I was too. However, the more I use them and the more research I do, the less skeptical I become.
Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte
Some of you are probably thinking, why would I drink a mocha if it doesn’t have any caffeine? Isn’t that kind of the point? Well, caffeine isn’t always the best thing for your adrenals or your sleep patterns. Additionally, there can be other ways to increase your energy that aren’t caffeine related. Plus, some people are intolerant to caffeine and have to find other ways to enjoy their favorite coffee-based drinks.
That’s why I developed this Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte. I’m one of those people who loves coffee but can’t have it. So, I found a coffee substitute I love and started playing around with different blends. This one is just so good that I felt the need to share it with you! Even if you are a loyal coffee drinker, I know you’ll enjoy this drink.
With coconut butter, ceylon cinnamon, and cacao powder, there is no need for added sugar. This elixir is the perfect combo of sweet and bitter on it’s own. Just like any good mocha. If you do want something a little sweeter, you can always add a little coconut sugar or maple syrup to this Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte. The best thing about this drink, besides the flavor and health benefits of course, is the froth! The healthy fats from the coconut butter and the amino acids in the Further Food Collagen Peptides (code “SIMPLYSHANNONAGINS10” for a discount on your Further Food products) help this drink get super frothy when blended! A nice frothy layer makes every drink a little better, dontcha think?