Dandelion Tea Latte

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Fall is officially upon us and boy does it feel that way in Western Colorado.  It is a cool crisp day (hello leggings and chunky sweaters) and on the way to Vitamin Cottage this morning I couldn't help but notice the leaves starting to slowly turn to beautiful shades of yellow.  Next week we will head to Denver and I am looking forward to the drive through the Vail valley and how beautiful it will look, but Vail never seems to have problems looking beautiful. :)

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Cooler weather means lots of hot beverages in our house.  Mornings are made better and brighter with something to warm you up and get you ready for the day.  After lunch nothing gets you through the afternoon like something to warm and perk you up and nights are wrapped up with a calming/soothing herbal tea.  I have shared on here recently that while I enjoy coffee I am on a little break from it while dealing with Candida.  A little while ago I shared on Instagram that I was trying out a Dandelion Tea Latte and it seemed to be of interest, so I thought I would share my recipe here. :)  It is not a sweet drink, so if you like your coffee sweetened simply add some honey or maple syrup.  If you like your coffee with cream or plain lattes you will love this version.  

Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com
Dandelion Tea Latte l wanderingroot.com

I chose to do a Dandelion Tea Latte for a very specific reason though.  Since I am detoxing and ridding my body of Candida I have been trying to support my liver and Dandelion Tea is great for your liver.  With the holidays coming up and alcohol consumption on the rise adding this tea to your daily beverages can help your liver make it through the holidays too. :)  Dandelion Tea has a lot of other benefits too.  Check them out here

Do you drink Dandelion Tea?  If so, how do you enjoy it?  I am always looking to try something new!

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Dandelion Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of water to your coffee pot.  Add the Teeccino and brew as you would coffee.
  2. Once the Teeccino has brewed, add it to your mug and add the Roasted Dandelion Tea bag.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. While the tea is steeping, add the coconut milk to a small saucepan over medium heat.  
  4. Once the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bag and toss.
  5. Once the coconut milk is to a temperature of your liking add it to the tea mixture.  If you have a frother use it to make it smooth, creamy and foamy.  If you do not have a frother, add it to a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds.  This will make it creamy and foamy. :)

Note:  Feel free to adjust this to your liking.  If you like a stronger latte use less coconut milk or more Teeccino.  If you like it creamier, use less Teeccino or add more coconut milk.  Use this recipe as a base to make it your own. 

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Chia Strawberry Sauce

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Happy Monday friends!  Is it weird that I don't really hate Mondays??  Don't get me wrong, if I could I would live in weekend land for as long as possible but there is something great about Mondays.  The promise of a fresh, new week where new things can happen. :) It's exciting!

Also, weekends aren't the same after you have kids.  It used to be that weekends were a "break" from life and from responsibilities (for the most part).  We could take off somewhere random for the weekend, we could lie around watching HGTV or movie marathons, we could do pretty much whatever.  After kids... do you ever get a break?  Ha, ha, just kidding... sort of.  You have to be responsible and "on it" at all times.  There is a little human that needs you pretty much every moment of the day.  There is no more sleeping in, movie marathons, or easy escapes to wherever.  For kids being so small, they require a lot of stuff and many, many changes of clothes.  You cannot take off in a moments notice.

I would not change a thing though.  My life is a million times better with that little human.  He rules my world and steals my heart all day long. 

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Now I don't consider myself to be a person that eats a lot of sugar or sweets.  For the past month or so I have been really tuning into this and really watching my sugar intake.  That includes fruit too.  I highly recommend everyone do this.  I know that sugar is added to pretty much everything but this challenge made me even more aware of it.  Recently we went hiking and hit up Vitamin Cottage beforehand to get some picnic food and snacks.  I love Larabars for a quick snack with clean ingredients but since they are made up from dates they contain a lot of sugar, so I picked up some Epic Bars and was surprised that several of those have sugar in them.  Not much but when you can't have any this is a problem.  They did have a few with no added sugar, so I grabbed a few of those.  Don't mistake this challenge as "sugar free".  So many companies are adding this to their labels but what that really means is "we took out the sugar and added a bunch of crap to make up for the taste".  You need to read your labels and make sure your ingredients are clean and are real food.

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So basically I think that I was probably consuming more sugar than even I was aware of.  Even if something has only 2 grams of sugar, if you eat a lot of items like that throughout the day plus a lot of fruit it adds up.  While at times I really, really crave a Paleo pumpkin muffin (hello pumpkin season) or a glass of wine, I know in the end I will be better off for sticking to this for a bit.  Actually for the past week I have not been being as careful and even had some hard cider earlier this week and boy am I feeling it.  There will be a time when I can have the occasional treat, but right now, health and healing is first.

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So why am I doing this?  I have Candida overgrowth and am working through getting rid of it.  Candida grows on sugar (even sugar created by stress hormones), so sugar is out.  Currently I am following Ann Boroch's method.  She allows 1 piece of low sugar fruit a day (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, green apples) which now is totally doable but at first was hard to do.  I realize now how much I rely on fruit as a quick snack or alongside eggs in the morning.  

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That is where this recipe comes in.  I have made it for years but have really relied on it lately.  Ann has some good pancake recipes and while she includes her own sauces that are fantastic, I find this one to be much easier to throw together.  Now when I use this sauce currently I use it sparingly and it counts as my piece of fruit for the day.  So many fruit sauces out there have added sweeteners.  I find it unnecessary though.  The fruit makes it plenty sweet.  I like this sauce served immediately, while warm.  However, if you refrigerate it it thickens up and makes a great jam.  Don't you love a recipe that works in multiple ways?  This sauce works well over pancakes, vanilla ice cream, brownies, chia seed pudding, yogurt, the list goes on!

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Chia Strawberry Jam

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz strawberries, cored & sliced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Put strawberries in saucepan and turn heat to medium-high.
  2. Let strawberries begin to "sweat" (juices release).  Stir for about 4 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to medium, continue to cook and stir for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon and all spice.  Stir well.
  5. Add 1 Tbsp chia seeds.
  6. Turn heat to medium-low.  Let cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once sauce has thickened to your desire remove from heat.  If you want it to thicken even more, add 1 more Tbsp of chia seeds.  If you need to do this step, make sure to let the sauce cook for a bit.  Chia seeds will expand and become sauce with time.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate and use as jam.
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Hello September!

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It's the beginning of September, which marks the unofficial start to fall.  Even though fall is 3 weeks away, the pumpkin spiced lattes are rolling out, sweaters line the store shelves, and school is back in session, so yeah summer is pretty much over.  Speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, if you are like me and do crave the pumpkin spice latte right now but can't stomach a hot drink on an 86 degree day, then you much try my iced pumpkin spice latte.  Have an extra one for me though, because right now I can't do any added sugar and very minimal low glycemic fruit, womp, womp.

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Since summer is basically over I thought this would be a good time to do a summer wrap up and fill you guys in on all of our summer activities.  This summer has been a big one for our family, but those big events aside I would sum the summer up with these words: gardening, outdoors, water, farmer's markets, and jewelry.

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Pretty much every morning starts with cuddles with this guy, followed by breakfast {usually eggs with either some bacon, sausage, grilled plantains, fruit or some kind of paleo muffin}, some outdoor play, then we get on with our day!  Yesterday he was gardening first thing in the morning and having so much fun doing it!  It is super important to me that Cash knows where his food comes from and he knows the value of real food.  Having a garden helps with this so much!  He loves to pick the tomatoes {only the green ones!} and then he so proudly brings them to the kitchen for me.  He also loves to pick "flowers" {dandelions} for me and making me smell them. :) 

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This pool has been a favorite this summer.  Cash got it for his 2nd birthday and he just loves it!  Once he got it, we stopped going to the pool as much because this was just so easy to pull out and he has a blast in it.  It has water features and everything, lucky boy!  He loves going between his pool and his towel for a quick warm up.

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This summer I also sold my jewelry at our local farmer's market.  We have a few more weeks left and then it is time to kick off selling for the holidays!  I am sharing a booth with my friend Crystal who sells the most amazing skin care items.  I love everything I have of hers!  It definitely makes it fun sharing a booth together and getting to hang out kid free for a few hours.  I will be sad for it to be over and I still cannot believe how quickly it has gone by!

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Every day we did our best to soak up summer and do fun stuff along with real life stuff.  We also enjoyed our times in the mountains this summer so much!  Cash loved being able to visit Grammy and Poppa at the ranch where he fell in love with cow cows and still talks about them everyday.  Life with this little boy is the best!

So onto the big stuff... 

The summer was kicked off with Kass getting a promotion and now he is in the position he has been working so hard to get to.  Super exciting stuff!  We also closed on our first house 2 days ago!  Now the weekend/evening projects begin.  I think Kass may be a little scared that I am going to drain our bank accounts in the "making a house a home" process.  Worry not, I will proceed with caution and be a *mostly* responsible adult.  I love DIY projects and decorating, so this is right up my alley!

So there you have it, our summer at a quick glance.  Now it is time to look forward to fall!

I am not going to lie, I have ordered some sweaters and leggings already and am in a baking, canning mode which always kicks in for me during the fall.  I am driving Kass a little crazy with all the places I want to visit this fall along with the house projects.  First up though, buying a new washer, hot water heater, and faucet.  Welcome to home ownership!