I have found the best coffee alternative suitable for all- both in taste and health. I began searching for a coffee alternative 2 years ago during my second pregnancy (with Julius). I stumbled upon Jnantik at a local Phoenix boutique for babies. There are 2 versions: the Jnantik Mayan Coffee Alternative and the Jnantik Mayan Mothers Tea. Both have the same ingredients list: roasted & ground Brosimum Alicastrum (mayan) seed. It’s common practice to avoid coffee during pregnancy because of the risks to the fetus and miscarriage. I drank Jnantik throughout my pregnancy and was very satisfied. I even included Jnantik in my “Healthy Pregnancy Video” from last year. Watch it here. You can purchase Jnantik online and use the code ‘ecosummerlife’ for 20% off, not an affiliate code, just want you to get a discount. There are a few brick and mortar retailers on this list. I will be giving away a bag for you to win. Details at the end of post.
Why would I want to avoid coffee after pregnancy? Great question.
It began with the issue of hydration. Drinking adequate amounts of water every day is a constant struggle. Caffeine in coffee causes dehydration in both body and skin. I’m a skincare junkie and lots of online research claimed coffee was bad for your skin. I decided to experiment and drink water in the morning and skip coffee for a few weeks. I came to the conclusion that coffee makes my skin look dull, shriveled, and my pores look huge. If coffee was having this effect on my skin topically, I can only imagine what my insides are going through. I even went as far as to experiment with different organic coffee brands, they all had the same effect. Honestly, it was a tragic conclusion because I love the ritual of drinking coffee in the morning and afternoon.
A few months ago, I became interested in coffee alternatives for a second time. I had forgotten about Jnantik as it had been a while since I was pregnant. But as I searched the aisles at the grocery store with little hope, I got a message from Danielle, the owner of Jnantik. It was serendipitous I tell you! She had stumbled upon my pregnancy video and wanted to feature it on her website. We got to talking and she was kind enough to send me a bag AND collaborate on a giveaway for you! I’ll get to the giveaway in a moment.
How I prepare mine:
Step 1: Boil water. I love my glass electric kettle, it boils water so fast and I use it everyday for cooking as well.
Step 2: Steep 2 teaspoons of Jnantik in a cup/8 oz of boiling water. I used a reusable tea strainer. Alternatively you can use a french press (I don’t have one). Allow to steep for 5 minutes . You can add seasonal spices like pumpkin spice before or after steeping.
(Optional): Froth milk (homemade coconut milk for me). This handheld frother is affordable and brings your hot drinks next level! Coffee creamer works too. That’s it! Easy peasy.
Initially I was impressed with the dark brown/black color, reminiscent of coffee. The flavor is slightly nutty and deep, similar to a light roasted coffee bean. It tastes pleasant on its own, but I like to add foamy coconut milk on top to add some flare.
This is naturally caffeine free. I don’t get the “caffeine high” I normally get with coffee, but I do feel focused and relaxed after a cup of Jnantik. I love a hot cup in the morning to start my day because I’m able to focus without jitters and I’m so productive. If you drink it at night, you’ll feel grounded and able to wind down for sleep.
– High in Calcium, Protein, Iron, Potassium, Fiber, Folate, Tryptophan, Antioxidants and Vitamins A,B,C and E
– Alkalizes your body
– Caffeine-Free, yet provides real, sustained energy
– Has stress and anxiety relieving properties
– Natural Galactogogue- aids in lactation production
– Known to detoxify the liver
Maya Nut has been used by native people and traditional healers to treat a wide variety of ailments including colitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, infertility and lactation problems. Some of the scientific research that has been done on Maya Nut supports some of these claims, most notably about colitis and asthma because chemical studies of the roasted, ground seed have found that Maya Nut is extremely high in anti-inflammatory compounds that would effectively treat these conditions. The ratio of calcium to magnesium in Maya Nut is optimal for calcium absorption, which supports the local people’s claims that it is good for arthritis and osteoporosis. -Maya Nut Institute (non-profit org)
Information on the Maya nut:
Maya Nut is the seed of a huge tropical rainforest tree, Brosimum alicastrum, in the fig family (Moraceae). The Maya Nut is harvested from the Maya Tree that grows in Mexico and South and Central America. This particular blend was ecologically wild harvested by women from an indigenous Mayan community in the mountains of Jalisco, Mexico.
“Humans commonly eat the orange fruit it produces, as well as the small, bright green seed (called, alternatively, a ramón nut, Maya nut, and a bread nut) contained within it.
The ramón nut is extremely high in fiber, calcium, potassium, folate, iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. When dried, it can be stored for up to 5 years without spoiling, making it an important food source in regions with frequent periods of drought and food instability.”- Rainforest Alliance
“We estimate that only 5% of the original Maya Nut forest cover remains. What remains of the Maya Nut forests is critically important for biodiversity, water quality and supplies and as a source of nutritious, climate-change resistant food for humans. In Central America and Mexico, Maya Nut forests provide the last refuges for Jaguars and Ocelots, whose prey depends on Maya Nut seeds for food. For humans also, Maya Nut retains an important role as seen in recent history when thousands of villages survived drought, war and famine by eating Maya Nut when no other food was available. It is truly a “lifesaving” tree.” –Maya Nut Institute
About the founders of Jnantik:
Jnantik is an LLC that has been formed by Danielle, from Arizona, and her husband Cesar from Jalisco, Mexico. They met in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2010 and instantly felt a powerful connection of love and passion to make positive changes in this world together. They now have three children, which has served to inspire them to go even further in making this world a better place to live in, for their family, and for all. Personally, I was touched reading Danielle’s breastfeeding story on her website. What began as a painful struggle, turned into a celebration of culture and ancient food. You can read it here.
Her husband dedicated his Master’s Thesis Project to creating sustainable solutions for the community that they harvest Mayan Seed from. Watch the documentary here. For recipe ideas and inspiration visit Danielle’s blog.
GIVEAWAY! Win a bag of Jnantik coffee alternative:
ftc: this post is not sponsored. The Jnantik was sent to me by Danielle. All opinions are my own of course. Discount code is not affiliate, just saves you money. Amazon links are affiliate.