Review: Teeccino

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After recently quitting caffeine, I had a void to fill in my morning routine where my coffee used to be. While the caffeine boost was part of the reason I drank coffee, I also liked the morning ritual. Even though I enjoy herbal teas, I wanted something with a fuller, more robust flavor. In looking for an alternative to coffee, I discovered Teeccino.

Teeccino is a blend of herbs, fruits, grains and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee (more here).

I ordered a sampler pack of their coffee ground form and tea bags of the French Roast and Hazelnut flavors.

So far I have tried the Almond Amaretto, Chai, French Roast and Hazelnut flavors. I enjoyed all of them, but the French Roast is my favorite and so far is the one I plan on having as my everyday coffee.

The coffee grounds were able to brew just like coffee, although I would recommend having your coffee pot drip as slowly as possible to get a richer flavor.

When it comes to the tea bags, make sure it sits for a couple of minutes before adding in your milk/plant milks. I tried adding coconut milk to it right away, and the flavor didn’t end up as strong that time.

Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone looking to cut back or cut out coffee, or people who just want to try a new interesting warm beverage.

You can buy it online at Teeccino’s website, Amazon, health food stores and some regular grocery stores.

I Quit Caffeine!

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I recently decided to start a new experiment with my life and quit caffeine. I have been a regular coffee drinker for over a decade, and my caffeine consumption was exceeding 400 mg per day (sometimes over 500). This is more than what many health organizations recommend. I also don’t think as a healthy person in my twenties, I should be dependent on a substance just to have enough energy to get through the day. So I decided to quit. Cold turkey.

I planned in advance to make sure that I didn’t have anything to do the first 2 days (although day 3 turned out to be the worst), and was well stocked with ibuprofen ahead of time.

Day 1: Relatively easy. No headache until the evening and was only slightly fatigued.

Day 2: Had a more noticeable headache and was fatigued all day. I was also more irritable and was resorted to some recreational eating during the day. I kept my appetite in check by drinking a lot of herbal teas. I saw coffee everywhere. I didn’t physically crave it, I was just very well aware that drinking coffee would make everything feel better.

Day 3: Slept more the night before. I woke up with the headache at its peak and getting out of bed was a struggle. Had to go from 2 ibuprofen to 3. I was exhausted and out of it all day and ended up going to bed at 9:30.

Day 4: Headache was gone and I finally started to feel like a human again. My energy levels weren’t 100%, but I felt functional.

Day 5-7: My energy levels increased each day. They are now where my energy was with caffeine, except I don’t need a drug to keep them up and I don’t deal with the crashes every few hours. I still can’t focus as well as I did with coffee, although I’m hoping that will improve over the next week or so.

My workouts this week were lighter than normal, and I mostly focused on cardio. But I actually felt more of an endorphin rush from my workout than before when I would usually drink a coffee before working out.

Learn More:

Caffeine: How much is too much? – Mayo Clinic

Caffeine Myths and Facts – WebMD

Coffee – You Are Not So Smart

 

 

Brussel Sprouts with Tahini

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This is one of my favorite recipes to use when I want a quick, easy and delicious way to add more veggies into my day. I use this same recipe with spinach, broccoli or really any other veggie I’m in the mood for.

Ingredients:

  •  3 cups of Frozen Brussel Sprouts (1 package)
  • 3 tbsp of Tahini
  • 2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Salt

*Makes 2 servings

Directions:

  1. Cook Brussel sprouts as directed on package.
  2. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

 

Pecan Pie Butter

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Unsalted Roasted Pecans
  • 3 tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 4 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp of Cinnamon
  • A few dashes of Salt

*Makes 10 servings

**Check with the capabilities of your blender/ food processor before making this recipe.

Directions:

  1. Microwave coconut oil if it is in a solidified state.
  2. Measure out pecans (2 cups) and put in blender or food processor.
  3. Once blended into a flour like consistency, add in coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  4. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
  5. You may need to periodically use a spatula to scrape the nut butter from sides to bottom of blender/ food processor.
  6. Bon Appetite!

 

 

Veganism for People Who Love Eating

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One of the questions I am most often asked about a vegan diet is “What do you eat?”. My immediate answer is usually “Plants.”, although to many that means a sad boring salad.

It is easy to focus on what you can’t have rather than everything you can have when it comes to any restrictive diet. Here are just a few examples of delicious vegan foods.

  1. Bean or Sofritas burritos
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Chipotle Vegan Burrito

2. Chips and Guacamole

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3. Cheese-less pizza (it’s actually really delicious!)

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4. Oreos (really)

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5. Pad Thai

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Recipe here.

6. Sweet Potato Fries

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Recipe here.

7. Sushi

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Recipe here.

8. Fruit Smoothies

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9. Hummus

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10. Chana Masala

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Recipe here.

 

These are only a few examples of delicious vegan foods. There is more to a vegan diet than just salads, green smoothies and rice and beans. The amount of delicious plant based recipes out there are endless.