With everything we try to fit into our days, is it any wonder so many of us depend on coffee?! If you are anything like me, coffee has been a big part of the ability to get up and go...and go and go and go!
I have wanted to reduce and ultimately get off of coffee for some time. While the aroma of a brewing pot helps me drag myself out of bed at an early hour, with the allure of a steaming cup awaiting me, it just hasn't been making me feel so great for some time. It's interesting how the ritual behind holding and sipping a hot cup, containing it's big dose of caffeine, can become so addictive making it quite hard to stop!
Until now. The doctor I've recently begun seeing, who also agreed I needed to get off of the stuff stat, suggested I replace my morning cup of coffee with a steaming cup of Dandy Blend. When she described it, sharing I'd be able to avoid the headaches and withdrawal symptoms typically associated with cutting out coffee, I was extremely skeptical. First, how could that be and plus, it didn't sound so tasty. So she made me up a cup right then and there. And after a couple sips I found myself saying, "Hum, not bad, I'll give it a try."
And it worked. I haven't had coffee in a couple months now and I don't miss it a bit. I was able to switch from coffee to Dandy Blend without any negative symptoms such as the horrible headaches! And probably equally important in being able to break the coffee habit, I didn't have to forgo my morning ritual of sipping on a steaming beverage. The end result is that I feel a great deal better and don't find I have the significant energy lulls in the mid afternoon that had me wishing for a cat nap! Plus it's a beverage with many health benefits.
What it tastes like: I like the layer of froth at the top of the cup when it is first made, with the taste reminding me of an espresso. You could certainly add milk or soy milk to the mix, but I've found plain is just fine.
What it is made of: Extracts of roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye.
Health benefits: While the company avoids making many distinct health claims for the product, Google Dandy Blend or dandelion root and many posts and studies on how dandelion root can help with liver and gallbladder detoxification, digestion, high blood pressure and improve heart health with pop up.
So, if you've been looking for a way to cut back or eliminate your coffee intake, I'm pretty sure you'll find this as helpful as I have. But if you love your cup...as my husband still does, enjoy!! Each to their own I say.