Bulletproof Dandelion Tea

Dandelion is a great herb for both when you’re trying to conceive and already pregnant. Not only is it good for the body, it has a bitter, earthy coffee flavor, so it’s a good caffeine free substitute if you’re missing the real deal.

It is a gentle liver cleansing herb, helping the body get rid of toxins (such as hormone disrupting chemicals), making it an excellent herb for women who would like to get pregnant.

If you are already pregnant, dandelion can help reduce swelling, fight fatigue and minimize constipation.

This morning drink resembles a bulletproof coffee, without the coffee! It is good for anyone, not just pregnant women. It supports hormone balance in the body (which women need at all stages of having children) and provides protein from collagen, natural energy from maca and healthy fats from the coconut oil and ghee.

 

Bulletproof Dandelion Tea

 

Ingredients:

1 TBS Dandy Blend (herbal coffee replacement made from dandelion)

2 TBS collagen (I used Great Lakes)

1 tsp maca

1 tsp cacao powder

½ - 1 tsp ghee

½ - 1 tsp coconut oil

Dash of cinnamon

Monk fruit extract to taste (optional)

⅛ cup almond or coconut milk

1 ½ cups hot water

 

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and mix until combined and frothy, about 1 minute.

 

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Ever since I a took Lifecycle Nutrition class about 3 years ago, I've been anxiously looking forward to getting pregnant. At the time I felt like I was crazy, but I found everything about nutrition from pregnancy through early childhood insanely fascinating and couldn't wait to apply it to my own life. I just knew that once I had some "street cred", I'd be able to make a huge impact in the health and wellness world.  

So, my friends, this phase has finally come!  I am 14 weeks pregnant and couldn't be happier. I have to admit, eating healthy is a lot easier said than done during the first trimester. I was constantly sick, had difficulty exercising (let alone getting out of bed) and my diet was basically thrown out the window. It felt like the only thing I could stomach was bagels with cream cheese! Even though it was difficult and frustrating, and the nutritionist in me was cringing regularly, I learned a lot about honoring my body and going with the flow. Let's just say attempting to force feeding myself salads and smoothies did not end well. :)

Thankfully, those days are just about over. I'm now in my second trimester and finally starting feeling good. I'm also starting to eat like my old self, so recipes and nutrition posts will be coming soon. I also plan to share a lot on here about all things pregnancy, birth and life as a new mom. If there are any topics you would like me to write about, please let me know. I am so ecstatic to be going through this journey and am looking forward to sharing it with all of you!