Frothy Coffee to Get the Day Rolling

Here’s a delicious frothy coffee that has all healthy fat and no dairy.   Throw it in an inspiring mug like mine and get your day rolling!

Why did I add MCT Oil?  It’s great for ramping up your endurance for a morning workout and can help you lose weight too. For more health benefits of MCT Oil check out this.

Ingredients for Frothy Coffee:

  • 2 tablespoons of organic coconut cream (mine is traders Joe’s brand)

365 MCT Oil vanilla

  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (cold or hot)

Directions:

Add ingredients, blend and pour! If you prefer cold coffee, pour your coffee over ice or crush up ice for a frozen coffee treat.  Try this and let us know how you like it.

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An Empowering, All Natural Coffee Scrub

I’ll get to the reason why I used the word “empowering” in just a minute.  But first, I want to tell you about Body by Cordoba’s coffee scrubs. These 100% natural coffee scrubs for your face and body contain coffee and essential oils derived from plants to leave your skin feeling refreshed, moisturized and better than ever!

I tried Body by Cordoba’s Pink Himalayan Salt and Oat Oil Coffee Scrub.  As shown in the picture, the body scrub looks a lot like ground coffee.  It does have a coffee smell, but when I applied it to my face, the coffee smell was much weaker than I had originally thought and there was a pleasant, sweet aroma (maybe from the cinnamon, Himalayan salt, and coconut oil?).  I was grateful of this, because I applied the scrub too close to my mouth (okay, basically all over it) and realized that a bitter taste would not have been welcome.

I recommend that you follow the directions about applying the body scrub gently.  It was rougher once applied than I had expected.  I also applied a little too much at first, so I recommend starting with a small handful, then applying more if you need it.

 

I waited the five minutes and rinsed.  Even though the scrub was coarse, my skin not only felt smooth after rinsing, but it also felt moisturized.  In fact, I didn’t even apply my normal toner and serum regime afterwards because my skin felt so great.  I’m sold!  This will be joining my weekly skincare routine.  There are three other coffee scrubs worth trying as well.  And, if you go to their website www.bodybycordoba and sign up to receive email notifications, you can save 25% on your first order.

 

 

The combination of ground coffee, sugar and Dead Sea salt acts as a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin and revealing healthy, nourished skin. Plant based products such as argan oil, jojoba oil, and macadamia oils are used to soothe and moisturize. Our cruelty-free, handmade scrubs improve blood flow and circulation, and can even help treat skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, and cellulite. The result is healthy, glowing skin that you can feel good about! – www.bodybycordoba.com

 

And, here’s the best part…..drumroll please………not only are these products 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, each purchase you make is invested back into women farmers who grow organic coffee beans.

Each and every BODY by Cordoba scrub is made with premium organic coffee beans. We proudly support the Café Femenino Movement, which ensures that women coffee farmers receive compensation and recognition for the exceptional beans that they produce. For every BODY by Cordoba product purchased, a donation is made to the Café Femenino Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Cafe Feminino Movement.

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Copycat Pink Drink for Your Teens

My kids like the Pink Drink at Starbucks so I wanted to find a way to make it for them without all the cost. I know they will still get the actual drink from Starbucks –  because let’s face it, it’s the whole experience as much as it is getting the drink.  But it can be fun for them to make their own at home (and cheaper too!)

Starbucks Copycat Pink Drink Recipe:

Directions: Fill a cup with ice.  Pour in 3/4 tea, approx. 1 oz syrup, and top it off with a creamer of your choice. Then to make it fun, add fresh strawberries ( or freeze dried strawberries work too), shake and drink!  Add this drink to a cool cup with a lid and a straw!

I’m thinking this could also be a great birthday basket for your teen or one of their friends.

Tazo Iced Passion
Tazo Iced Passion – $13.16
Torani Sugar Free Vanilla
Torani Sugar Free Vanilla – $12
Mother Earth Freeze Dried Strawberries – $14.95
Maars Tumbler 4 pk
Maars Tumbler 4 pk – $15.99

 

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Herbal Beverage – Coffee Alternative

Dandelion tea

So my friend Anna introduced me to this “Dandy of a drink” 😉.  It’s an herbal drink that can replace coffee,  no kidding it is really good!  I wanted an alternative in the evening to tea –  tea just gets boring sometimes.  There is no caffeine so you can still sleep like a baby!

My drink of choice with this product:
Warm 1 cup milk alternative. I choose coconut milk, one scoop of Dandy Blend and some cinnamon to top it off!

Benefits of Dandelion:

– Protects Bones. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and dandelions contain 10 percent of your daily value. …
– High in Vitamin K. …
– Cleanses Liver. …
– Fights Diabetes. …
– Fights Skin Infections. …
– High in Antioxidants. …
– Rich in Fiber. …
– Good Source of Vitamin A.

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Top Gift Ideas Under $50

Here is a little something for just about any tween, teen, or adult on your list this year – and just so you don’t break the bank we made sure each is under $50 ….  you’re welcome 😉

Click on the product titles below to see more product details:

T-Shirt and Jeans Reversible Tote – $29
Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit – $43
Twig Set of 3 Cheese Knives – $39
Monogram Spirits Decanter Cathy Concepts – $42
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic – $16
MadSportsStuff Basketball Net Athletic Crew Socks – $16

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – $12
Double Eagle Camping Hammock Set – $26.99
Skyjo
Skyjo – Ultimate Card Game – $19.95
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection-$39.99
Large Pour Over Coffee Maker by Coffee Gator – $35.37
Duck Rabbit Roasted Coffee – $12.95

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duck-rabbit coffee, Brewing a True Clean Cup

duck-rabbit logo

At first glance, duck-rabbit coffee on Columbus Road in Cleveland may seem like just another hip, coffee shop, but this would be a short-sighted viewpoint.  In fact, you need to take many different factors into context as the German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein suggests.  What may seem like a rabbit, may actually be a duck.

Extending his hand to welcome us, Cal Verga, the owner of duck-rabbit, offered us a coffee and steered us over to a tall counter bar where we could talk.  After learning that Cal got into coffee when living in the Bay Area, the first question immediately came to mind.  Why Cleveland?

image of Cal Verga of duck-rabbit

“I grew up in Cleveland.”  After getting his degree and starting grad school in San Francisco, Cal decided the life of a student wasn’t for him.  “I had a passion for coffee and I was feeling more entrepreneurial.”  Cleveland, an emerging hub for craft artisans, seemed like the perfect place for Cal to introduce locals to craft coffee.

Closing his philosophy books, Cal returned to the Cleveland area and opened duck-rabbit coffee (capitals excluded on purpose).  But as I mentioned, it’s not just a coffee house and even to say it’s a coffee roastery doesn’t give it justice either.  What seems like a duck, could also be a rabbit.

“We try to help people see coffee as an object of refined taste.” duck-rabbit stands behind a “clean cup”.    As Cal explained, a “clean cup” involves the whole technique of making the perfect cup of Joe.

Image of bag of coffee beans

The first step in the process is in properly sourcing the beans.  “It’s important to source the best beans.”  It turns out that most commercial coffee is sourced from large farms throughout the world.  These large farms push out the smaller farmers to more remote, often elevated, locations where they are able to farm amazingly rich beans.  Unfortunately, their location gives them limited access to the buying market.  This is where green coffee importers step in.   They find these small farmers on the mountainside, try their beans, agree on certain growing practices, and in turn offer them a premium price for their coffee and an avenue for revenue. “It’s all very hands-on.”

The next step in a “clean cup” is roasting the beans.  “You want to roast the beans in a way to highlight, but not overtake their origin.”   duck-rabbit roasts their coffee beans from a vintage roaster that they imported from Germany.  They were actually able to find the company that made the roaster and had them refurbish it before shipping it to the states.  Pretty cool, right?

Refurbished German roaster

The last step and one that is often overlooked is the proper way to brew the roasted coffee beans.  There is a science to brewing a clean cup.  Customers find that duck-rabbit’s method is hard to replicate outside of the coffee house.  Cal prefers the “pour-over” method, using one of many different pour-over devices they have in their coffee house.

coffee pour-overs

To demonstrate, he grabbed a filter, placed it in the pour-over and poured the ground, roasted beans into the filter.  He grabbed a pot of piping hot, filtered water and slowly poured it over the beans, creating the perfect cup of coffee.  A true “clean cup”.

Taking all of these factors into context, and then tasting the warm, steaming, flavorful Guatemalan Morales coffee (which Cal named after the family that farmed the bean), you get a real sense of duck-rabbit craft coffee.

duck-rabbit coffee is located at:
2135 Columbus Rd., Suite B
Cleveland, OH 44113

I highly recommend making your way over there.  duck-rabbit roasted coffee is also available at select cafe’s in Lakewood and throughout Cleveland.

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Power Up Without Caffeine – A Superfood Coffee Alternative

If you’re like me, you need an extra boost in the afternoon but hate that jittery effect coffee can give you at that time of day.  Here’s a great alternative that provides the caffeine you crave, lacks the jittery effect and has a host of other benefits.  Macaccino Roasted Maca Blend is a superfood coffee alternative.  It’s made with Maca (you know the one in our favorite hormone balancing smoothie).  Check out the benefits of maca below.

Directions:
Mix this superfood powder (I used Macaccino Original Mocha) with hot water, a little creamer, and a pinch of cinnamon on top.  Tastes just like coffee!

I found a smaller pack at my local grocery store.   But, there are a lot of other flavors and size options at Amazon, including Original MochaMagical Mint, Medium Roast, and Black and Red Deep Roast.

Benefits of Maca*:

-18 amino acids
-Increased energy
-Balances the endocrine system
-Provides menopausal and menstrual relief
-Improves hyperthyroidism
-Clears skin and complexion
-Improves sexual function
-Promotes restful sleep
-Supports muscle growth and recovery
-Balances hormones, reduces stress (cortisol)
-Aids in healthy bone and tissue support

Comparison of Macaccino to Matcha Green Tea, coffee, and energy drinks.
*Studies have shown that people have experienced these benefits from Maca consumption

 

Macaccino is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Verified Gluten-Free, and Vegan.  Find a flavor you like, try it and let us know –  but keep your libido to yourself 😉

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