Our go-to coffee alternative is also the fave of Naturopaths
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. While I enjoy the taste, chronic digestive issues and the jitters that often accompany a cup of coffee have always deterred me. And while my cupboards are constantly overflowing with every kind of tea imaginable, I do sometimes crave something a little more substantial, especially in the morning.
Today being National Coffee Day, I thought it timely to share my go-to, caffeine-free coffee alternative Dandy Blend.
What is Dandy Blend?
If like me, you’ve ever searched for caffeine-free coffee substitutes, you’ve no doubt come across Dandy Blend. But for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s an herbal beverage made from extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root and sugar beet. And while drinking it can be reminiscent of coffee, in that it’s rich, smooth and full-bodied, unlike coffee, Dandy Blend contains no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.
The company, which to this day is still family-run, was founded almost 30 years ago by Dr. Peter Gail, a true expert in plant-based wellness (with a Ph.D in botany and one of the largest collections of recipes and folklore for wild edible plants in the US). After finding a caffeine-free beverage he liked, Dr. Gail figured he could make one that not only tasted better but was more therapeutic. In fact it was first through alternative medical practitioners that Dandy Blend became known and distributed.
What are the health benefits?
First off, Dandy Blend contains no added sugar. Its sweetness comes from fructose that occurs naturally in roasted dandelion and chicory roots. It also contains no additives, preservatives, GMOS, pesticides, or anything artificial – simply the ingredients listed on the bag.
Dandelion, the key ingredient (as you might have guessed), offers a variety of health benefits. Not only is it packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, studies have shown its potential to reduce cholesterol, support liver health, and help with digestion. Due to its high amounts of inulin, a type of soluble fiber found in plants that helps promote a healthy gut microbiome.
And dandelion has been used therapeutically for centuries. In fact, people used to actually remove grass to plant dandelions because it was considered such a major health food and plant-based medicine.
How do I drink it?
While Dandy Blend mixes with liquids of all temperatures, we prefer it as a hot drink. You can simply mix it with hot water and a sweetener of your choice, but personally I love it mixed with nut or coconut milk and cacao. Here’s a simple recipe to get your started. It makes a great start to your morning, along with these great tips to upgrade your morning routine.
Where can I find it?
Dandy Blend is sold and distributed in Canada through Raw Elements Inc. and you can find it in most health food stores. Outside of Canada you can visit DandyBlend.com to find a vendor near you, or order directly from Amazon. If you live outside of North America, you can purchase our favourite coffee alternative at iHerb.com.