After reading the title of this post, you might be asking yourself, “what is this plant paradox diet?” I will mention more about the Plant Paradox in this post but I mostly want to share one of my new favorite Plant Paradox Recipes, this Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe (Plant Paradox) With Free Printable Coffee Sleeves! I’m including some free printables with this recipe because I think it’s a fun beverage idea to add for your Fall get-gathers and Thanksgiving… I know I will be making it this holiday season!
Why Plant Paradox
In late 2016 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. It seemed to ruin my life in the beginning, but then I learned to control it mostly through diet changes and taking the right dose of medication. You can read all about my autoimmune disorder in this post.
What is the Plant Paradox Diet
In the Plant Paradox (available on Amazon here), renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions.
There is an entire list of foods in the book that you can eat and foods you cannot eat while on this diet and one of the foods on the “no” list are pumpkins. I was sad to learn this but quickly discovered a replacement “pumpkin” so I can still enjoy a Pumpkin Spiced Latte this Fall.
This recipe is also dairy-free Pumpkin Spiced Latte since the Plant Paradox diet requires no dairy unless it’s from non-casein A1 cows.
I plan to make this dairy-free pumpkin spice latte recipe while entertaining this Thanksgiving, so I made some fun printable Pumpkin-themed coffee sleeves to display on paper coffee cups.
The free printable file includes 3 different colors (beige, orange, AND transparent) with 2 quotes on each:
- Pumpkin Spice Junkie
- Pumpkin Kisses Harvest Wishes
The transparent coffee sleeve can be printed on any color paper. This means you can print on chipboard which will help protect against heat (the dark brown sleeve pictured above is printed on this chipboard).
The printable coffee sleeves fit a Tall or Grande Starbucks coffee cups.
I also found some Fall-themed paper coffee cups at Target One-spot that these fit. You could check if your local Target still has them.
Word of caution:
These sleeves are not meant to protect against heat. Since you are printing them yourself, I suggest you print on heavy cardstock (11o lb or heavier) or chipboard (the transparent file can be printed on brown chipboard and is thick like Starbucks coffee sleeves), but even doing so does not make them protect against heat like Starbucks corrugated sleeves. Please keep that in mind and use with caution 🙂
How to make the Plant Paradox “Pumpkin” Spiced Latte with free printables:
- 2 tablespoons of steamed/pureed Sweet Potatoes
- 3/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 cups Coconut Milk
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Stevia packets
- Coconut whipped topping (optional)
- Paper Coffee Cups ( I got mine from Target One-Spot and Starbucks)
- Free Printable
- Heavy White Cardstock (I used 110 lb weight) or Light Weight Chipboard
- Double-sided Tape
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie spice, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and stevia.
- Whisk consistently until mixture starts to steam.
- Remove from heat and carefully pour into a blender. I used my single-cup Ninja Blender. If you don’t have a blender, whisk the mixture enough until the sweet potato and spices are no longer visible.
- Pour the hot mixture into a mason jar or French press. If using a mason jar, seal the jar and give it a shake to create some “froth” bubbles. If using a french press, use the plunger to create some air bubbles/froth in the mixture. I had an old french press that frothed milk really well. The one pictured, not so much 🙂
- Pour a 1/2 – 3/4 cup freshly brewed coffee into paper cups and top with the pumpkin spice milk mixture.
- Top with coconut whipped topping and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top to serve.
- Wrap paper cups with the free printable coffee sleeves and attach with double-sided tape.
Enjoy pumpkin spiced coffee this Fall and holiday season while not sacrificing your diet! This Plant Paradox Recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Latte is dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and pumpkin-free! The free printable coffee sleeves will add fun flare for your Fall events. Enjoy!
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