A Great Alternative to Coffee

By Jordan Miller;

Yes, it is possible to live and excel without coffee! Today, we’ve prepared a short video that will take you through the preparation of our latest morning shake. We often change up our shakes, but this one was great during the winter months as it is slightly warm and resembles the taste of hot chocolate. We hope you enjoy it.

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2 cups water
Your favourite tea  (We chose mint and St. John’s Wart in the video)
2 tbsp coconut oil  (Good source of medium chain fatty-acids!)
1 tsp cacao powder*  (Full of magnesium!)
1 tsp maca powder  (Great adaptogen!)
1 tsp lucuma powder  (Lots of bioavailable minerals!)
1 tsp mesquite powder (Superb taste and aroma!)
¼ tsp stevia powder** (Fantastic sweetening alternative!)
½ tsp reishi mushroom powder (Magical!)
½ tsp ashawaganda powder  (# 1 in ayurvedic medicine!)
½ tsp of mucuna powder  (Great for the skin and immune system!)
a pinch of Celtic sea salt (90+ minerals!)
1 tbsp honey  (Yummy!)

(all ingredient should be raw and organic if possible)


Add water and tea leaves into a pot and turn it on low heat. Leave for 10 minutes. Blend tea and coconut oil together to create a milk-like consistency. Add your powders, salt and honey. Blend all ingredients together until sufficiently mixed. Strain the mixture using a nut bag. It is now ready to serve.

Serves two.

It is worthy to note that we should always strive to change the ingredients of the shake every few months. Other ingredients that we use include amla powder (Indian gooseberry), tribulus powder, sacha inchi powder, spirulina powder, chlorella, psyllium fiber, dulse powder, etc.

*Please note that cacao should be used in moderation. For some individuals, it can have a negative effect on their adrenals if used excessively
**Stevia should also be used in moderation. Even though stevia has been used for centuries, there is some controversy over whether or not stevia is carcinogenic. Do some research and decide for yourself whether or not you are comfortable in including into some of your recipes.

Feel free to check out all our other recipes

Your question: What type of drink do you have in the morning? (post your comments below)

About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.


  1. i've been drinking bird nest soup every night (i only get the homemade kind back at home). the only reason why i drink it is because it's supposed to be good for complexion.

    i’ve been taking the store-bought kind online (e.g. http://www.geocities.jp/hongkong_bird_nest/index_e.htm of famous branded only of course) which is directly mailed from Hong Kong. this would be at a more affordable price.

  2. Thanks for your comment Katherine. So nice of you to share your practices. We'll take a look.

    Jordan & Kyla
    Follow your instincts...

  3. can you recommend a store or online site to purchase the herbal powders? I've checked locally with Fresh Market and Trader Joe's, but neither carry the powders. I'm very anxious to try this recipe. I made the mint green smoothie and raw chocolate pudding this morning for our family of 5 and everyone loved them! : )

    I just recently found your site - my mom sent me the link that she found through Food Matters. I love your site and so appreciate all the time you've put into it!

  4. Hello Diana, all of the powders they have used here you can purchase from The Raw Food World.


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