I recently challenged myself to do a 14-day caffeine free challenge. I successfully completed it (woohoo!), even though it seemed impossible in the beginning.
Here’s what the challenge made me realize: once the caffeine cravings are gone, it’s not the caffeine that I’m attached to… but the nourishing morning ritual of a frothy warm drink.
So I got creative with nutrient dense, colorful caffeine-free elixirs. I’m talking golden turmeric milk, moringa elixirs and beet lattes. Fun fact: eating and drinking naturally bright colored foods, a.k.a. #eattherainbow, is often a guarantee of filling your body with antioxidant-rich, potent vitamins and minerals.
I believe in eating seasonally as much as possible, which means consuming colorful local fruits in the summer, and nourishing root vegetables in winter. Other ways to bring delicious colors into my life in winter are frozen fruits with no additives (like açaí and dragonfruit), and supplements.
In my experience, supplements are a great way to increase our healthspan and support our bodies in achieving the most optimal state. I personally use a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D/K2, iron and turmeric.
I highly recommend consulting a functional medicine doctor (I use Parsley Health) to help you come up with a customized supplement game plan.
If you want to start somewhere in the meantime, I’d go for an iron supplement, as low iron in women is a common concern. Some signs of low iron are fatigue, decreased focus and pale skin. Additionally, adding turmeric to your daily diet may help support healthy inflammation response after workouts or physical activity.*
Earlier this year I did an experiment and took the MegaFood® Blood Builder supplement for 8 weeks every single day, and in the process noticed that my post-IUD PMS discomfort went down, and I actually felt more focused and energized. The cool thing is that Blood Builder also contains an array of vitamins including B12 which is essential for healthy metabolism and happy hormones.* I love finding products that are not only effective, but also are wholesome in every way: made with non-GMO, dairy free, and soy free ingredients sourced from farms.
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Here’s a fun and creative way to get both the essential iron (from beets!) and turmeric in a warming, nourishing Turmeric Beet Latte with MegaFood Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder™, it includes tart cherry and black pepper (which activates the nutritional benefits of turmeric).
Turmeric Beet Latte Recipe
- 2 tspn. beet powder
- 1/2 tspn. turmeric powder
- 1.5 cups warm nut milk
- 1 tspn. coconut butter
- 1/2 tspn. honey or maple syrup
- A sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)
If you want to get fancy:
- Replace turmeric with 1 tspn. MegaFood Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder with tart cherry and black pepper.
- Add rose oil
- Add vanilla powder
- You can also leave out the turmeric and make it a straight up iron-rich beet latte!
Warm the milk, then blend all ingredients until frothy. Or steam 1/2 cup of the nut milk separately for extra frothiness. Enjoy with love!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This post is created in collaboration with MegaFood, a company that I love and support. All opinions, as always, are my own.