Giving up caffeine is a thing. When it comes time for our annual New Year cleanse, which inevitably calls for no coffee or caffeinated drink of any kind, we brace ourselves. It’s a big deal. We get headaches, we’re tired. But eventually it does pass, and it’s nice not to be a slave to coffee — all it takes to wake up is… a shower. The one thing that doesn’t change though is the demand for a morning ritual, the lust for a steaming cup of something delicious.
In honor of our caffeine-free days, we decided to create a concoction that would satisfy these cravings: a warm, soothing, caffeine-free elixir. It takes less time to make than going to La Colombe, and it’s so much better for you. It’s full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin and hair, and has lots of antioxidants. With this drink, not only do you skip the dehydrating, heart-racing caffeine, but you also get lots and lots of healing treats.
Here are some of the benefits to look forward to:
Honey: The honey (which we sell exclusively here) is raw and unfiltered, so its incredible medicinal properties are intact. It contains all of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and has incredibly high live enzyme content. Our favorite tidbit about honey though, is that it’s also a sleep aid. Yes, really. Eating honey before bedtime re-stocks the liver with glycogen and ensures that you get through the night. You know when you wake up at 3am and you’re wide awake and you can’t go back to sleep? Well that’s because your liver has gone into crisis and triggered your brain for fuel. Honey also helps you fall asleep by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain, so that’s pretty dope.
Tocos: We first discovered this superfood at a photoshoot at Moon Juice is Los Angeles, California. The owner, Amanda Chantal Bacon, extolled the virtues of this vitamin E-rich rice bran powder that also happens to be beyond delicious. It’s sweet and a little malty, and dissolves easily into warm water. It’s made from the bran of organically grown brown rice, and is a super-rich source of fat-soluble, bio-available vitamins D and E. It’s stellar for connective tissue, skin, and healthy muscle function. When we started adding it regularly to our diet, we noticed right away that our skin became less dry (especially the backs of our feet, which take a beating).
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, it’s anti-inflammatory, and the list goes on and on. Just make sure to get Ceylon cinnamon (considered the “true cinnamon”), or stick to small doses if you’re using the Cassia variety.
Shop: Falcon Enamelware Mug
12 oz of water, chamomile tea, or fresh almond milk
1 Tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey
1 Tablespoon Tocos
½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to sprinkle on top
To make, heat up your base, whether that’s water, tea, or almond milk in a sauce pan. Add it to your blender or Vitamix. Add the honey, Tocos, and cinnamon. Blend until frothy. Pour into mugs and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.
Photography: Sally Griffith