Hello! Instead of my usual monday motivation post I’m serving up a drink today. A coconut chicory latte with cinnamon is my favourite drink of the moment, and I’m pretty sure it’s a real keeper. YES!!! I gave up coffee (and black tea) nearly a year, and then in in past months started having coconut lattes, and enjoying them a lot, until I fully needed one in the morning, not for the caffeine but for the ritual, for the pleasure, for the taste and the moka pot and the meaning of it all somehow. I was fiercely in its grip, and the fierce was coming from me. I’m not against coffee, in fact I think it’s pretty wonderful in so many seductive ways, but it makes my foot pain especially worse (for some reason) and is too acidic for me (probably that reason then), and also caffeine doesn’t agree with me either it just makes me tense, and no-one wants that. They really don’t. And I don’t think I am alone here. Coffee is powerful stuff. Anyway, I have now fully embraced drinking coconut chicory lattes, with or without cinnamon, usually with, and I feel so good for it! I had drunk chicory drinks before when trying to give up coffee, but only with hot water and a splash of nut milk, and trust me, latte’s are the way to go! I have, overnight, (it’s been more than a week now!) given up coffee and am now drinking (low fat) coconut chicory lattes and haven’t looked back! And that’s so like life, you think something is impossible and then a solution arises, you just have to put your (wonderful) mind to the task, the subconscious beavers away, the universe acquiesces and there arises a golden solution.
(and a banana helps in this process too I find.)
A blissful morning moment, well, a very nice one indeed then… let’s not get carried away.
We all have our rituals. Some more than others. As I write this Dan is doing the washing up and blasting out this Death Metal, or Grindcore or Crustycore or another intense expression of manly existential angst, which at this very moment is making me feel a bit hysterical as it is such a statement against washing-up, against domesticity at all really (though actually he finds zen in the noise). I do love a bit of hardcore punk, though not with my chicory latte. For that I like, birdsong, radio 4, or the Saturday paper, or some rubbish reality tv let’s face it that happens. It’s good too to just sit and zone out in your imagination. Since being ill I’ve found that so much harder, as I have to fight to do anything, which makes me pretty tense. But that space is where creativity lies, especially for a writer, when your mind is free to unravel and take a new path…
Chicory has the added benefit of being a prebiotic packed with inulin, a prebiotic fibre and so great for gut-health. I’ve also bought some chicory inulin powder recently, which I am having with a little water to boost my gut-health. And I eat chicory leaf too in salads. It is also said to be good for bile production and so the blood and liver and gallbladder, as many bitter things are. Which is good to know, but quite unsavoury and not what I like to focus on while I sip my luxurious drink and try to feel fantastic.
i mean really!!!
Cinnamon too is just a wonderful spice, it helps lower blood sugar levels, which is great for type 1 and 2 diabetics and is good for a whole host of other things. And it smells and tastes wonderful, and goes beautifully with coconut and chicory and sweetness. Any time of the year is cinnamon time in my house.
I use carton coconut milk that’s really low in fat and refined sugar-free, then if I like (which I usually do) I can add a natural sweetener. And I use this organic make of chicory drink, which is just chicory no added barley, which is something you have to watch out for if you need things gluten-free.
I (nearly) always drink my chicory latte in this mug that my mother gave me, it’s not an unbreakable ritual (literally) but it’s a bit of a ritual. Though I’m not one to go in for rituals really I think they’re mind-traps, but it is nice to have nice things you use for specific occasions and enjoy ♥ I want to reclaim the word nice, it’s unfairly maligned. It’s lovely to be nice, and it’s a comforting, sweet word (though can be a bit of an insult when wielded purposefully with a lack of enthusiasm). We don’t always have to go overboard and adjectives can be so hard to handle I find, I get adjective fatigue as I am trying to portray my fervour and end up sounding hysterical. Nice is nice, and that’s okay (but this drink is SUPER BEAUTIFULLY AMAZINGLY WONDERFULly nice!!)
- 1 mug of carton coconut milk, for drinks, or home-made
- 1 tbsp approx cinnamon bark, or a sprinkle of cinnamon powder
- Chicory drink, 1-2tsp, I use 1 3/4
- dash of water, optional
- sweeten to taste
Add your chicory powdered drink and any sweetener you like to your mug or cup, Heat up the milk and cinnamon bark if using, until boiling up a froth and add to your mug, catching the bark, and stir. It's delicious stronger or weaker. I like to add a dash of water to the milk while it's heating up to make it a little less milky. If you drink soya milk you can get a really good froth, and coconut milk's not bad either, it makes a comforting drink that's rich but light.
I’ve been listening to… Chicory Tip ‘The Future is Past’