The Adaptogenic Latte I'm Drinking Instead of Coffee to Beat Stress

I’ve officially been coffee-free for a week!

This isn’t an impressive accomplishment, but for me this is HUGE. I’ve been drinking coffee every single day for at least the last six moths, usually multiple times per day if I’m being honest.

I could tell my body needed a break, because I stopped getting an energy boost from coffee. Instead I was just drinking it to maintain a regular level of exhaustion. I was also experiencing huge dips in my energy in the afternoon that even a second coffee wouldn’t help with.

That, and every time I drank one my skin would start burning and I’d feel dizzy. So, basically my body was just screaming at me to knock it off.

I didn’t kick coffee cold-turkey. Instead I gradually weaned myself off by halving the amount that I would drink every day until I finally quit.

Lately I’ve been making this latte using some weird woo-woo ingredients that actually make me feel awesome instead of terrible:


Although research is super limited, some evidence suggests maca could boost energy levels, mood, hormonal balance and cognitive function. 

Maca is also a cruciferous vegetable, so it definitely has at least nutritional benefits! I’ll keep using this one as a part of my morning routine for now, despite minimal evidence.


I grew up seeing chaga mushrooms growing on birch trees all around my home town, but had no idea that they were used medicinally. Now I take chaga every day as a tea or in my morning elixir.

Some animal studies suggest that chaga could have benefits for cognitive function as well as fight intestinal inflammation


Ashwagandha (or withania) is trending big  time right now! Historically it’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Animal studies show good results, and even a small human trial found positive benefit for stress levels.

People taking ashwagandha had significantly lower cortisol levels after 60 days of supplementation and reported less perceived stress and an improved quality of life compared to the placebo group.

Sunflower Lecithin

Since I haven’t been eating meat or eggs as a regular part of my diet, my dietary choline intake was reduced. Because of this, I started adding sunflower lectin to my morning elixir to get a dose of choline in.

Choline is important for healthy cell membranes and is associated with better cognitive performance. It also acts as an emulsifier and makes my morning drink super creamy and smooth.

This post is not sponsored, but for full disclosure I’m using the Kick Start! blend from Harmonic Arts and the Complete 360 from Purica which both have other ingredients, but you can totally make your own with these key ingredients! I’m including a recipe for you in case you want to try the latte, but don’t want to buy these two products.

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Adaptogenic Latte Recipe

Makes 1 serving


  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao

  • 1/2 teaspoon maca powder

  • 1 teaspoon chaga powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ashwaganda powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon sunflower lecithin liquid or powder

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (cashew or oat are my faves)

  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Combine all ingredients in a milk frother or small pot and warm up, whisking until steamy. Enjoy!

If you have any tips about quitting coffee, please share them! I need all the help I can get!

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