I like to think that some days just aren’t meant to be a coffee day. That some days when I don’t feel like coffee, or am not sure if I want it, maybe it’s just not meant to be that day.
I say this, because this happens to me. I might be in a small group here, whereby I don’t crave coffee on a lot of days, or need coffee on any day, and where rather it becomes a conscious choice and a matter of desire (or lack of desire) and listening to my body and what it needs (or doesn’t need).
This has always been my relationship with coffee. I can go days without drinking it, and not be phased in the least. The want for it back, not of its caffeine, but of its comfort and that mug to wrap my hand around and that perfectly flavored richness in my mouth, with hints of caramel, cacao, hazelnut and dark chocolate. It has led me down paths of not having coffee for long periods of time, and as such, these paths of discovering new, alternative hot beverage options.
But more than that, it has allowed me to take this relationship existentially to other parts of my diet, and listen to my body when it comes to telling me what it needs in other ways. When it tells me that it needs more carbohydrates because I have had a high mileage week, or it tells me that I need to take in more electrolytes because I’m perma thirsty and craving salt. Or when it tells me that it’s sore and tired and I need to sleep a little longer.
We forget sometimes, how good the body is at doing the things it is supposed to do. And we try to have this hold and control on it, following these rules or these guidelines, fitting into these boxes. Realistically, it’s not always a box shape that we can fit into. Sometimes we need to go outside the box.
And that’s why some days I make Moringa lattes. They’re not usual. They’re not coffee. And they’re not the beloved golden latte (which yes is good) that plasters every current article and health site. But the benefits of Moringa speak for themselves in terms of why you should start using it. It contains a heap of antioxidants and is an excellent source of iron and magnesium, helping fight stress and fatigue. It’s jam-packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin E, good for healthy skin and your immune system, and is actually a source of plant-based protein. You can have all of this – plus a natural, sustaining boost of energy – in your morning cup!
Some days you do Moringa lattes instead of coffee. And I like to think that those days are meant to be Moringa latte days.
What is your favourite coffee alternative? Are you a coffee addict or drink it more for the enjoyment?