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Chocolate Chai Latte – Dairy Free / Vegan / Paleo

  • Published on: 03 September, 2014
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016

Hi friends. Hope you’re having a wonderful week πŸ™‚

Does anyone else LOVE coffee but feel so guilty for drinking it? I know it’s delicious. I know sometimes we feel like we can’t possible function without it. And my cognitive dissonance tells me that it can ‘boost my metabolism’ or something else that I’ve read on a “10 Reasons to Drink Coffee” Buzzfeed post. But alas. My body tells me differently. When I drink coffee I feel great for a bit but totally drained afterwards and even way into the next day. My kidneys start to ache a bit and my back! Oh, my poor back. I’m obviously very sensitive to caffeine (and stimulants), so my case is a bit extreme. However, it’s important to note that caffeine is indeed a drug and all drugs are anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients are substances – natural or synthetic – that interfere with the absorption and hence use by the body of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, etc. On top of that, when you consume caffeine, your brain experiences uncontrolled neuron firing in your brain (according to Stephen Cherniske in his book, Caffeine Blues). This can definitely account for the crash that comes later in the day and the depletion of neurotransmitters that we often experience.

Now, I’m not telling you to ditch your coffee altogether! I know it’s important to you and helps you to handle a day full of hard work (and often hard-to-deal-with people! haha). But you might want to at least consider what consistent intake of any drug can do to your body. Sometimes just taking a few days off per week from your morning cup can lessen the stress caffeine puts on your adrenals.

That’s why I created this warming, comforting, delicious, intense cup that I call my Chocolate Chai Latte. It’s dairy free, soy free, and perfect for either a vegan or paleo diet. I like to make recipes that are flexible across different lifestyles because I know so many people who have benefited and healed disease from both of these diets and I firmly believe after years of research that there is no one diet for ALL humans. Everyone is different and will thrive on different foods (just like we all thrive in different environments as well). For example, Chris Wark was able to cure his cancer on a raw vegan diet, while Dr. Kerry Wahl was able to cure her MS and toss her wheelchair to the curb on a hunter-gatherer paleo diet. Find what works for you through experimentation, intuition, and most importantly by eating for your blood type! Not all people agree with this school of thinking but everyone that I’ve spoken to has loved it, including myself. My friend Jessica who is a doctor recommends eating for blood type to all of her patients – as well as making sure their food is non-GMO and their water is fluoride free! πŸ˜‰

Enough of my rambling. The recipe for the Chocolate Chai Latte can be found below, and I have a feeling that if you can sub it for coffee a few mornings during the week, your body and your taste buds will thank you!

Choco-Chai Latte

β™’ 1 mug of spiced chai tea
β™’ 1/3 cup coconut milk (or more based on how light you take your tea)
β™’ 1 tbsp. cacao powder
β™’ 1 tsp. coconut sugar
β™’ 15+ drops liquid stevia (to desired taste)

I always like to combine stevia with some form of (unrefined) sugar to give it some sweetness to build upon. Stevia alone is bitter, but stevia on top of a small amount of sugar makes all the difference in the world. If you don’t use stevia, add coconut sugar to your heart’s desire!

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