Healthy alternatives to coffee

Vegetable coffee substitutes – Chicory

Most coffee substitute drinks are homemade, healthy and special breakfast drinks.

There are several types of coffee substitutes available in organic stores without the effect of caffeine. These can also be given to children. Some of them can be made at home, often from plants you wouldn’t even think of.

Spread of coffee substitutes

In the 18th century, imports of Arab coffee were increasingly taxed in Western Europe, and it continued to rise until it became almost unaffordable.

The French invented the coffee substitute. That was chicory. In 1760 opened the first chicory factory in Germany. A hundred years later, there were more than 100 factory.

In 1830, coffee was also made from malt. After that, production started from all cereals, fruits and their tiny seeds. Various coffee-like drinks can also be produced by roasting from beans, beech and oak acorns.

Chicory (cichoria intybus)

Chicory is a Mediterranean plant variety found in most of Europe, but it is also found in Western Asia and North America

The plant, which can be used in many ways, is experiencing a renaissance today. Chicory is not a demanding plant, it can be found on the roadside. Due to its availability, its consumption also began early.

Beneficial effects

Due to its high content of inulin, antioxidants, vitamins (A, B1, B2, C) and minerals (magnesium) it can be well integrated into a healthy diet in several ways.

The greatest benefit of inulin lies in its probiotic properties. It has a beneficial effect on the immune system, regulates blood sugar and hormone levels.

Coffee made from chicory is really good choice for  people who are sensitive to histamine, expectant and nursing mothers, people with cardiovascular problems, and people with hypertension.

When shopping in-store, make sure that it does not contain added sugar or mix it with malt, as it is not recommended for people who are gluten intolerant.

Chicory coffee is made from the root of the bred version of the plant, which is naturally DECAFFEINATED, so it can be consumed at any time of the day.

Preparation proposal

In a liter of boiling water, 3 tablespoons of roasted chicory are mixed. Bring to the boil for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until the foam is cooked. Leave aside to cool so that the thick bag settles. This can be accelerated by setting the pots in cold water. Then the coffee is carefully poured or filtered through a densely woven filter.

Coffee can be consumed both cold and heated. This excellent morning drink stimulates bile and pancreas. If we are looking for its purely enjoyment value, it can be sweetened with honey, mixed with soy and cereal drinks, milk substitutes for oily seeds, flavored with vanilla.

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