What can I have instead of coffee? 4 healthy, nutritious and delicious morning drinks.

what can i drink different to colombian coffee.

As a genuinely authentic Colombian woman, I just love to drink coffee. Colombian coffee is very different compared to the coffee we drink here in New Zealand. We call a short Americano a “TINTO”. This is the perfect drink to start your day with, or to socialize with friends, or simply to help digestion after having a meal.

Colombia is one of the most important producers of coffee in the world. Colombian coffee has a mellow acidity and a strong caramel sweetness, perhaps with a nutty undertone.  It is delicious!

I don’t like fancy coffees.  I just prefer the simple and authentic.

I have been trying different kinds of drinks lately – different to coffee, not because coffee is unhealthy (in fact, there are innumerable studies which highlight the health benefits that coffee brings) but just to give myself and other people alternative options to drinking coffee.   Some people might think that they are drinking too much coffee or they want to cut back for other reasons.  It could be overproduction of acid in the stomach, or maybe you have been thinking that your coffee habits are affecting your ability to fall as-sleep.

If you are affected by having too many coffees and want to try other healthy options, yet you still want a healthy drink that kick-starts your day right – just like a hot cup of coffee, then rest assured, here are some alternatives to coffee which contain properties and compounds that will give you a similar energy boost that coffee does, or at least promote better overall health.

Here you go the four drinks to consider in the morning or in those cold and lazy days.

1.TURMERIC LATTE

what can i drink different to coffee

Turmeric has immense health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a substance that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  A Turmeric Latte is a tasty way to get more of this substance in your diet. It does not have any energy booster ingredient but it will support your overall wellbeing especially combined with the healthy fats from coconut oil and the calming and nutritious cinnamon.

What are the advantages of cinnamon?

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants.   In fact, cinnamon beat out more than two dozen other foods in terms of its antioxidant capacity in one study.  Anti-inflammatory: from skin conditions to autoimmune diseases and cancer. Brain benefits: eating cinnamon increases neurotrophic factors which keep existing neurons in your brain alive and encourage new ones to grow. Cinnamon also regulates blood sugar levels and promotes weight loss, and helps your body to fight infections.

RECIPE

1 Cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/3 tsp cinnamon

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash black pepper

2 tsp coconut oil

Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup or coconut sugar.

ICED ALMOND MATCHA LATTE

what can i drink different to coffee?

I have posted another article about matcha in the past. Matcha is a true Superfood. It’s filled with powerful antioxidants and provides a nice energy boost. It contains caffeine plus L-theanine combo.

This recipe is called Ice Matcha Tea. This recipe is made with almond milk, my favourite.

You need to know what a good quality matcha is, because nowadays, supermarkets are selling different quality brands.

First: Colour: the more vibrant the colour, (dark green matcha), the better it will likely be. A dull gray green is not acceptable. Second: taste: it should be a bitter, grassy taste.  But if the flavour is too bitter – then that’s likely down to the quality.

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup almost boiling water

6 ounces unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Dissolve the matcha powder in boiling water-whisking out the lumps.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the matcha water and almond milk

3. Shake liberally

4. Serve over ice

5. Top with cinnamon

KOMBUCHA

Maybe your gut bacteria needs and a.m wake up call. Bubbly Kombucha is great for your microbiome – which is good for your immune system. It is made with a black tea base and it has got a little bit of caffeine for a gentle jolt.

So what is KOMBUCHA?  It is a fermented tea!  It is made by brewing tea, adding sugar, and then adding the SCOBY symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which starts fermenting by feeding on the sugar. The fermentation process will produce a very small amount of alcohol of around 1 percent.

The tea is slightly fizzy and the taste can be described as sweet and sour, almost like a mild sour beer. It is very easy to drink.

YERBA MATE LATTE CASHEW LATTE

Yerba mate is a tea made from the leaves of the rainforest mate tree. In Argentina almost everyone drinks it socially by passing around a cup called “gourd” and sipping through a bombilla which is essentially a fancy straw. Not only does mate have some pick me up effects but is full of minerals and vitamins.

It reduces inflammation and is a perfect start for a healthy morning.

INGREDIENTS

6. 1 cup warm water

7. 1 Argentinian yerba mate tea bag

8. 1/3 cup soaked cashews

9. 1 cup cold water

10. Dash Cinnamon

11. 1/2 tsp honey

Put the tea bag in hot water, and remove the tea bag after 2 minutes.

Add steeped Argentinian yerba mate beverage to a blender.

To the same blender add the soaked cashews, cold water Cinnamon and honey.

Blend until completely smooth.

To a clean glass, add blended late, ice and enjoy.

Hope you taste them all and I would like to hear and read your experiences. What is your favorite?

Blessings.

AndreaP

Autumn the colour of hope.

Time for Inner exploration

I have realised recently that energy and stress are two of the biggest obstacles we face in reaching out your goals of health. I was working so much during summertime, kids holidays etc that I have reached the point of exhaustion. I was not very excited when the first of March arrived, our first day of Autumnn. I wanted to think that we were living in a little piece of hot paradise; I loved summer very much , but I have to say that I have not stopped taking pictures of the sky on fire, the amazing orange, red, pink and blue sky in the mornings and even the amazing sunsets.One of the beauties of Qt is having the pleasure of enjoying every season with its different emotions, smells and colours.Interestingly I have seen some of my friends going through depression, sadness, or not good quality sleep, even starting having colds and flu. Not motivation whatsoever.Do you see yourself identified ?I don’t want to say that this beautiful season is bringing people down but I would like to take note about what is happening. After having amazing time during the summer season, it is time to stop and take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is not selfish, is our responsibility. In other worlds by taking care of ourselves first, we can look after anybody around us, we can give the best advice and we can give the love to the ones we live the most or our close friends who may need a little bit of help.When we make one healthy and positive choice, you open the door to one additional one. What is your new choice now?Have you being generous to everybody but not generous to yourself. I am sorry but we have to start making little changes. I have been helping lately to my friends emotionally when I am not in my hundred percent and I don’t feel good at all. This is why I feel exhausted I need to start eating healthier and maybe drop a couple of kilos that I have put on lately.I feel terrible because I did not do enough exercise during summer time and I think I’m paying the consequence.One lady in her middle sixties came to my workplace and she said something that I want to share… She said… You really need to move or do any kind of exercise otherwise when you get to my age you won’t be able to move and your joins will be stiff and sore so remember this. Any kind of gentle or strong exercise is good not just for the present moment, is good for your future, the rest of your life.Stress is constant in our lives, everybody experiences a different level so this is why is important to check on ourselves, check our levels of performance and productivity and the duration of it.What happen when our body is under stress? The body produces more energy to handle the stressful event or even by having to handle someone else’s problem.We need to understand what stress can cause in our body and our emotional state. If the stress is allowed to build with no release it will rob the body good nutrients, and the energy and the capacity to fight off bugs. The following are some tips to help you to reduce the amount of stress.– Practice the exercise of your preference but move. Between 30 mins to one hour. – Breathe help you to reduce stress – Take at least 5 mins to meditate or pray if you prefer and be grateful for the wonderful things around you. – Listen to your favourite music. If you come from another country like me, put on your favourite music and sing out loud. – Have a lovely bath with Epsom salts to give you relaxation and good minerals to your skin. – Always be surrounded by positive people!

What are the nutrients that give you happiness or improve your nervous system ?

Magnesium is good to reduce, stress, relaxing the muscles and eliminating cramps.Echinacea, boost your immune system give you energy.Vitamin B, this vitamins are vital to reduce levels of stress in your body.Garlic, anti-inflammatory and boost your immune system.The most important person is YOU, remember to stop, think and check internally how you feel and take note of the changes you have to make. I would like to share my Autumn salad. Hope you like it. This combination of autumn ingredients is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, sour and savory.You won’t want to eating this salad… It’s so good!AUTUMNSALAD Ingredients1 bag of baby spinach1 cup very thinly cut of red onion1/2 cup of dried cranberries1 cup of raw walnuts1 cup of apple cored and thinly sliced1 cup of crumbled cheeseDressing1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 cup balsamic vinagretteSalt and pepperToss the spinach with the red onions, cranberries, walnuts, the apple and the blue cheese.Then add the vinaigrette and voila!! Blessings!Andreap

Is colourful food better than white food?

Let’s talk about colours and the level of antioxidants in the food.

The meaning of Antioxidant is oxidation or elimination or getting rid of free radicals in your body. The free radicals in our body are caused for stress, overweight, unhealthy diet, lack of sleep or simply genetic.

This is the reason why we should have in our diets antioxidants, and the antioxidants are usually in our colourful food like for example the reds from fruits and vegetables: watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, and in vegetables like ;

Tomatoes, radish, red pepper, red onion, beetroot and red cabbage.

Green food like broccoli, kale, spinach is with the highest content of antioxidant and omega 3.

The colours are a gift of nature, they offer many health benefits because they have some of the following nutrients.

Lycopene, quercetin, hesperiding, fibre, Vit A, Vit C, Vit E, selenium and zinc.

Gratefully after having this beautiful food in our bodies we will be preventing:

– Prostate Cancer

– Cervical cancer

– Lung cancer

– Reduces tumor growth

– Protects body against free radicals

– Protects body against heart disease

– Lowers blood pressure

– Lowers LDL CHOLESTEROL(bad cholesterol)

– Support Join tissue for people with arthritis

– Keep gastrointestinal health.

But what about the food in white?

Of course they have their benefits as well.

All coming from nature is a gift and these are the advantages of consuming white food like

Onions, mushrooms, pear, banana, white corn, cauliflower.

Understanding the science behind food is amazing and never ending.

Advantages of consuming white food :

-Lower inflammation

-Reduce the blood pressure

-Help to eliminate liquids

-Fight against infections

-Strength the immune system

-Reduce the sugar levels in the blood

Nutritious love!

AndreaP

Sugar free Matcha pudding

The most powerful Green tea in the world now in a form of dessert.

It is very healthy, detoxifying , cleanser and has a delicious taste.

Serve Matcha pudding with Berry fruits and Greek yoghurt in the morning or afternoon tea, with family and friends.

Write me any comments and tell me what you think.

With light and love!

Andrea

Maca at the Saturday market

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Springtime in Queenstown, perfect excuse to go to the local market searching for the superfood.

My favourite season as the days get warmer, birds sing in the morning, the days get longer but not too long, still cold mornings and cold nights but still nice weather without wearing lots of layers of clothes.

Good excuse to have a glass of wine to enjoy the views from the apartment where I live. The sunrise and sunset bring lots of colours to the window and the smell of the fresh air is just incomparable.

One of the activities I like the most is going to the local market on Saturday morning. The market is open again after the long winter. Last Saturday it was the first weekend on and I was so excited to see what the local farmers were bringing to the community. While walking around the stalls I get to meet a lovely girl from my neighbour country Peru and she was selling one the popular superfood the MACA ROOT.

I stopped by and spoke to her. Is so good when you can speak the same language. She showed me her product and she told me the process she has to go through to bring the ORGANIC MACA directly from Peru to NZ. The super Organic Maca Powder.

WHAT IS MACCA AND WHY IS CONSIDERED SUPERFOOD?

The maca is a plant, specifically, a root, known scientifically as Lepidium meyenii, is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng.

It mainly grows in the Andes of central Peru, in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes — above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use in Peru.

The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colours, ranging from white to black.

Maca root is generally dried and consumed in powder form, but it’s also available in capsules and as a liquid extract.

The taste of maca root powder, which some people dislike, has been described as earthy and nutty. Many people add it to their smoothies, oatmeal and sweet treats.

Benefits of the Macca

1.Maca is very nutritious as it has different vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin C 133% of RDI

Copper 85% of RDI

Iron 23% of RDI

2.Maca root is a good source of carbs and protein, is low in fat and contains a fair amount of fibre.

3.It increases the libido in men and woman.

A review from 2010 that included four randomized clinical studies with a total of 131 participants found evidence that maca improves sexual desire after at least six weeks of ingestion.

4. Increases fertility in men.

When it comes to male fertility, sperm quality and quantity is very important.

There is some evidence that maca root increases men’s fertility.

5.It May Help Relieve Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause is defined as the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods stop permanently.

The natural decline in estrogen that occurs during this time can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms.

These include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep problems and irritability.

6.Improve your mood by reducing anxiety and symptoms of depression, specifically in the menopausal woman.

7.Boost performance and energy levels

Maca root powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes.

It has been claimed to help you gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.

8. Maca is a natural SunBlock, when Applied to the Skin, Maca May Help Protect It from the Sun.

Over time, UV radiation can cause wrinkles and increase your risk of skin cancer.

There is some evidence that applying maca extract, a concentrated form of the plant, to your skin may help protect it from UV radiation.

The protective effect was attributed to the polyphenol antioxidants and glucosinolates found in maca.

Keep in mind that maca extract cannot replace a conventional sunscreen. Also, it only protects the skin when applied to the skin, not when eaten.

9. Improve memory and brain function

The black maca has shown that improves memory, learning and brain function. It has traditionally been used by natives in Peru to improve children’s performance in school

10.It may reduce prostate size

The prostate is a gland only found in men.

Enlargement of the prostate gland, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is common in ageing men.

A larger prostate can cause various problems with passing urine, as it surrounds the tube through which urine is removed from the body

It has been proposed that the effect of red maca on the prostate is linked to its high amount of glucosinolates. These substances are also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

How to use Maca?

The most common way to use the maca is in smoothies, protein shakes, as well as baking products, energy bars.

You can find maca at the local market, health shops, supermarkets and online retailers.

There are lots of reason why maca is a superfood . There is no doubt that maca has superpowers so why not adding this to your diet. If you have teenagers, or If you have sporty  kids , make a smoothie with maca in it. The kids will appreciate this forever.img_2697