[Recipe Alert!] Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I tried out a pumpkin spice latte the other day. It was sorely a disappointment. I used to LOVE them. I drank them for as long as they were out and same with the peppermint mocha. They were my staple go-to’s, the obligatory holiday drink. But this year, it was a true testament to the changes I’ve made in the last few years. It was like drinking a box of candy followed by a headache and sugar crash. Man my taste buds have sure changed! So from now on, I think I’ll be making my pumpkin spice coffee from home!

And I love using coconut oil in my coffee. There are SO many benefits to coconut oil, but adding to your coffee and drinking first thing in the morning can be very advantageous to your metabolism and keep you feeling full longer.

  • 8-12 ounces of coffee
  • 1 TB of real maple syrup, honey or few drops of stevia (or maybe try this pumpkin pie spiced stevia. I haven’t tried it yet but think I may order some!)
  • 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 TB coconut oil

Add all ingredients to a blendtec and blend! Enjoy! Feel free to adjust the maple syrup to your taste.  For me, I tend to use a little less than a 1 TB.

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!coffee

Lavender Lemon Drop

lavender lemon drop (4 of 4)Years ago I had a lavender martini at a restaurant and it was delightful! I’ve always wanted to recreate it but haven’t ever had any easy way to make it (or the motivation to give it a try).  But since then, I’ve discovered essential oils.  Thus, I present to you my lavender lemon drop.lavender lemon drop (3 of 4)

Ingredients for Lemon Drop

  • 1/2 a lemon juiced
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 tbs Lavender simple syrup

Add all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain liquid into glass rimmed with sugar.

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Ingredients for Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2-5 drops of Lavender essential oil(be sure that you use essential oils rate for ingestion)

Heat water and sugar till sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.  Add essential oils. Cool completely before adding to lemon drop.

 

Time to enjoy! I so wish I had lavender in my yard to add a sprig to my drink. It’s one of my favorite plants ever! Time to add to the shopping list!

You could try adding lemon essential oil too.

That good ol’ cup of Joe…oh decaf has chemicals. Wait what? (Plus a healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe!)

When I was pregnant with my daughter I followed all the “rules.”  One of which to limit caffeine.  I was willing to do away with it, even though 1 cup a day is the general ok rule (yes I know even decaf has a little caffeine too).  So I like many other pregnant women do, switched to decaf.

Fast forward a couple years later, I’m pregnant again.  However this time, I made an appointment with my naturopath.  She there confirmed some of the suspicions I had heard.  Decaf is no good! What is a girl to do without her morning cup of coffee, caffeine or none?

Here’s the deal.  In order to decaffeinate coffee, the beans are run through a process using solvents such as benzene, chloroform, trichloroethylene, and dichloromethane.  These are the chemicals that aren’t great for you.

However, there is an alternative.  There are some coffee roasters who decaffeinate their coffees using a Swiss Water method.  I’ve read about how the process is performed and because I’ve never roasted my own coffee beans, it’s kind of beyond me.  It involves a process of soaking in water and then due to solubility (looking back to chemistry days), the caffeine is drawn out of the green coffee beans. (If any of you can describe it better, let me know).

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So. I set out on a quest to find a decaf coffee that used the Swiss Water decaffeination method and was left a

little disheartened.  They were hard to come by.  I found a couple of local roasters that I gave a try.  The first one was a no go and I actually had to mix with some of my caffeinated beans in order to get through the bag.  Then I tried Bird Rock Coffee and the smell in my car alone made me so glad I gave them a try.

In summary, there are benefits of drinking some caffeine in moderation.  However, there are many with health concerns (i.e. pregnancy, high blood pressure) that would warrant a good ol’ cup of decaf! Glad to know I found one that I can drink, knowing I’m continuing my quest to eliminate toxins from my new baby’s life.

HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or milk alternative like coconut)
  • 3 TB organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 TB of real maple syrup, honey or few drops of stevia (or maybe try this pumpkin pie spiced stevia. I haven’t tried it yet but think I may order some!)
  • 1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract

OR  you can bullet style it, and trade out the milk for a 1 TB of coconut oil and espresso for a cup of coffee and blend in a blendtec.​

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It’s been pretty delish! Especially with the pureed fresh pumpkin I made!