Giving up caffeine is a thing. I stopped drinking coffee a week ago because it was very much not agreeing with me. My anxiety was at an all-time high, I was getting really bad stomach aches every day around 3pm, and I would wake up at 3am in the middle of the night with my mind racing. It was not good, and I knew it was because of all the coffee I was drinking. Fast forward and I’m on day 9 of no coffee, and I feel so great. All of the symptoms I just mentioned are gone. The one thing that I miss though is a morning ritual, the lust for a steaming cup of something delicious. I’ve been making matcha and this delicious tocos elixir.
I wanted 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.
Here are some of the benefits to look forward to:
Honey: The honey I use 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.
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