Creamy Dandelion "Coffee" Latte (Caffeine Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

 

Love the taste of coffee but need a caffeine free alternative? You're in luck! This Dandelion "Coffee" Latte can be enjoyed any time of day, including right before bed. An ultra creamy and frothy beverage, reminiscent of your favorite cup of joe, but without the caffeine, acidity or mid-day crash. Need another reason to try it? Dandelion improves and supports detoxification, pH balance, digestion, immunity, blood pressure, and inflammation to name a few.  

 
 
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Dandelion Root

Dandelion is a sunny, subtle, yet incredible plant that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine practices all over the world as a restorative tonic, edible food, and in herbal beverages. Once cup of dandelions has 111 percent Daily Value of vitamin A, 32 percent vitamin C, 535 percent vitamin K and 218 milligrams of potassium

Dandelion root is well known for its ability to detoxify the liver and help fight and treat blood related cancers, including lymphoma and leukemia.

In today's modern living, our livers are burdened with toxins from the air we breath, to the food, drinks, and supplements we consume, to the makeup and personal care products we lather on our skin, day after day. It only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in our personal care products to enter the bloodstream, and of that, 60% is immediately absorbed. However, unlike with what we eat, our skin does not have a digestive system to break down and filter out the unsafe and endocrine disrupting ingredients. Check out Personal Care Products and Hormones - Why I Switched to Safer to learn more about how to reduce your exposure to harmful environmental toxins.

When we surround ourself with toxins, the liver is responsible for filtering it all out. However, when toxins become too overwhelming, the liver is forced to work overtime and becomes sluggish, causing undesirable health problems. Dandelion Root has been used as a natural remedy to treat liver problems and a number of conditions including:

  • Digestion: heart burn, gastritis, acid reflux, and dyspepsia

  • Gallbladder: break down gallstones and prevent gallstone formation

  • Lungs: asthma, bronchitis, wheezing, infection and lung cancer

  • Liver: treat liver dysfunction, cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver disease and liver cancer

  • Kidneys: break down kidney stones, fight infections, and cleansing

  • Skin problems: acne, eczema, and psoriasis

  • Inflammation: joint pain, gout, and muscle spasms

  • Blood: improve and regulate blood pressure and stimulate blood circulation

List via: Juicing For Health

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF DANDELION ROOT

Improves Digestion

Dandelion root contains an amino acid called kynurenic acid, a compound that supports the digestive system by stimulating bile production and bile transport to remove toxins from the body. It also acts as a mild laxative, keeping things moving smoothly. 

Detoxifies Liver

The liver is responsible for producing bile, which helps enzymes in the body break down fats into fatty acids, and to filter and detoxify our blood. As stated above, when our liver is overburdened with toxins, it is unable to work properly. The vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help maintain the proper flow of bile, cleanse the liver. Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Supports Kidneys

Dandelion is a diuretic, which assists the kidneys in flushing out waste, salt and excess water. This can be especially helpful for anyone dealing with swelling or bloating. However, unlike other diuretics,  dandelion will not leave you dehydrated since it replenishes some of the the lo electrolyte, potassium.

Removes Free Radicals

 Free radicals are very dangerous for the body’s tissues and is connected to cancer and premature aging. We need antioxidants to remove such free radicals from the body. Since Dandelion is loaded with antioxidants, it helps remove cell damaging free radicals, which in turn, slows the aging process. 

Fights Cancer

Dandelion has been shown to fight cancer cells. There is a ton of research backing this evidence. Dandelion may slow cancer's growth and prevent it from spreading. Here is another study with supporting evidence. Since dandelions are high in vitamin C and luteolin, both antioxidants, they can reduce free radical damage leading to cancer.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin, something that coffee destroys, making it great for people with Type II Diabetes or anyone in need of blood sugar regulation. A recent study showed how dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels with its ability to control lipid levels.

Controls High Blood Pressure

Dandelion’s diuretic effects leads to more frequent urination which in turn, lowers blood pressure. Dandelion also contains fiber and potassium that helps regulate blood pressure.

Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is a major issue in modern society. Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all help reduce inflammation. Instead of taking an anti-inflammatory (which actually reduces the bodies response in fighting inflammation), maybe  try dandelion to relieve the pain and swelling.

Boosts Immunity

Who enjoys being sick? Dandelion may help keep the blues at by by boosting immune function. Dandelion also destroys the bad bugs that can enter your system 

Promotes Healthy Skin

Dandelion is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc and beneficial antioxidants. Minerals are often overlooked as components of healthy skin, but they are important in regulating the hydration of our skin. Similarly, the antioxidants in dandelion acts as a detoxifier and help regulate proper secretion of hormones, which is effective at combatting acne. The antioxidant properties help remove  impurities and believed to slow the aging process. Goodbye saggy skin and wrinkles.

HOW TO GET DANDELION INTO YOUR DIET

Dandelion can be consumed as a dried root or leaf as tea or tincture, powdered dried root encapsulated, or powdered and roasted and made into a coffee substitute beverage. You can also use fresh dandelion leaf as an edible food or tincture.

Of all the options above, my favorite way to get dandelion into my diet is through Dandy Blend, a versatile water-soluble, gluten free powder that provides 630 mg dandelion/chicory extract per cup. It resembles a full-bodied coffee flavor without the use of pesticides, additives, or preservatives. Dandy Blend creates everything from a pleasant, nutty roasted tea, to a rich, strong espresso, depending on how much powder you use. Most noteworthy, there is no caffeine, acidity or bitterness, making it great for anyone suffering from blood sugar problems. 

The powder can also be used in any recipe calling for coffee, and tastes great in smoothies, ice cream, yogurt, cookies, bread and stews. It may also be suitable for people with diabetes. Dandy Blend is sold only as a delightful and flavorful roasted coffee beverage and not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your doctor before taking any new food or supplement, especially in large amounts or if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Though it is generally considered safe, those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine may not be able to consume it.

 

 
 
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Please enjoy the recipe below and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of dandelion. Comment below if you have any questions and let me know how you like it!


Creamy Dandelion "Coffee" Latte

Love the taste of coffee but need a caffeine free alternative? You're in luck! This Dandelion "Coffee" Latte can be enjoyed any time of day, including right before bed. An ultra creamy and frothy beverage, reminiscent of your favorite cup of joe, but without the caffeine, acidity or mid-day crash. Need another reason to try it? Dandelion improves and supports detoxification, pH balance, digestion, immunity, blood pressure, and inflammation to name a few.  

Makes: 2 cups or 1 large mug
Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz almost boiling, filtered water (I use this filter)

  • 2 tablespoons dandy blend

  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk or creamer (I use Nutpods non-dairy creamer from Thrive Market)

  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut butter*

  • 1/4 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon (for blood sugar)

  • 1-2 scoops marine collagen (optional) or favorite collagen peptides

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon cordyceps (optional), for mental clarity and energy

Other Flavor Options:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a vitamix or high-speed blender (make sure the blender has a place for air to escape) and blend until frothy, about 30 seconds.

  2. Pour into your favorite mug, sip and enjoy immediately!

  3. Garnish with additional cinnamon on top if desired.

Notes: Coconut butter makes this latte extra creamy. You may sub for MCT powder or coconut oil if you wish!


 
 

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Short on time or traveling? You can get the benefits of Dandelion with Dandelion Tea. Here are a few of my favorites:

Traditional Medicines Roasted Dandelion Root

Teeccino Dandelion Dark Roast

Matcha DNA Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

Kiss Me Organics Raw Dandelion Root Tea

 
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