I often get asked what are the best morning beverages to drink first-thing upon rising…
There are so many healthy options out there these days, the possibilities are endless! Since we’re all unique it really comes down your body type – yes, I’m talking about Ayurveda and whether you’re a vata, pitta and kapha.
Regardless of your Ayurvedic constitution though, I suggest all my clients begin first with 300-500 ml of warm filtered water on an empty stomach. If you want to take it to the next level and flood your body with an anti-inflammatory and alkalising tonic, squeeze in half-one lemon, half teaspoon each of honey and turmeric and pinch cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper to your warm water (be sure to sip with a stainless steel or bamboo straw to protect your teeth enamel!).
Let your healing tonic work its magic for about 30 mins before drinking or eating anything. Then, if you’re after something with a little more flavour and comfort-factor I suggest the following coffee-free options:
Matcha latte: who knew the ground up leaves of green tea blended with warm mylk (almond milk is my fave match for matcha!) could taste so divine? You know you’re doing great things for your health too as green tea is packed full of polyphenols and catechins (two types of antioxidants).
Cacao latte: a healthy coffee alternative, packed full of magnesium – particularly healing for that time of month, ladies! Blend 1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao in a mug of your favourite warm nut milk. My fave is @pureharvest coco quench a coconut/almond blend which is naturally sweet and therefore requires no sweetening. It’s basically a healthy hot chocolate without the nasties! Sooo yummy!
Shroom latte: there are some tasty blends out there with different medicinal mushrooms such as chaga, reishi, lions mane, cordyceps etc, liver-loving dandelion root, chicory root and a little coconut nectar to take the bitter edge off the mushrooms. Just blend a teaspoon with warm almond or coconut milk and you have yourself a beautiful and nourishing alternative to adrenaline-pumping coffee.
Rooibos tea with coconut or almond milk: for the black tea lovers! A delicious and nutritious alternative to a traditional English breakfast tea, packed full of antioxidants. Make as you would a regular cup of tea and sweeten with a dash of raw honey.
Green smoothie with banana, blueberries, avocado, baby spinach and a good quality green powder such as @synergy (available at Woolworths and Coles supermarkets or online) and 1 cup coconut milk or coconut water.
Celery juice: 500ml straight celery juice on an empty stomach. Vatas should be careful to avoid cold juice, and run the celery under warm water before juicing. If you’re lacking in energy, bloated as ever and your digestion has been off, celery juice is your best friend. Be sure to wait 30 minutes after drinking before eating as it has a cleansing effect and may have you running to the...um…I think you know what I mean!
Tell me, what is your go-to morning drink? Do you make a ritual out of it? What is your favourite tea or latte that you can’t go without??
Health and happiness to you!