This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Postum
Five years ago, I was pregnant with my last child, enduring the heartburn that always came with my pregnancies. With a little baking soda, some medication and the swearing off of Diet Coke during my pregnancies, I could manage the heartburn, and as soon as the baby came out, I was back on sweet, sweet Diet Coke (with lemon, if you please).
Except for after my last kid…the heartburn never went away. In fact, it got worse and eventually, I had to swear of Diet Coke forever.
As an adult who tries to watch her calories, all carbonated beverages were out as was fruit juice. And, as a Mormon, coffee and like 90% of tea was out.
Water gets kind of boring (and don’t go telling me about ways to “jazz it up” with a lime wedge).
I was at a loss when I heard that they stopped making Postum* (and then, I heard they started making it again, but I haven’t been able to confirm, and I wonder who “they” are—I feel like “their” food lab is probably a 1950’s pink kitchen), so I’ve done a little research, and here are some alternatives that I drink often.
Pero is probably the best replacement for Postum. I’m actually starting to like it better now if I forget about the nostalgia of having a cup of Postum with my grandmas because Pero stirs in better and is way easier to find (plus I know it’s still being made so I’m not risking it being like 10+ years old when I see it for sale on the internets).
One heaping teaspoon of Pero in a one cup boiling water with 1-2 tablespoons of a flavored coffee-creamer (coffee-creamers are my new best friends, and Girl Scout season is the best because that’s when they bring out the Samoas and Thin Mint flavored creamers—oh my!) for a tasty, easy morning beverage.
This is tricky to replicate in like 80% of the world but for a refreshing summer drink, I offer my tried and true:
Pero Caramel Coconut Latte
2 heaping teaspoons Pero
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons Nestle Caramel and Coconut Girl Scout Flavored Coffee Creamer
1 cup milk (I’m partial to almond milk right now because of the calorie issue, but oh man, with whole milk…it’s AMAZE!)
1 cup ice
Mix Pero and boiling water. When well-mixed, add milk and coffee creamer. Pour over ice.
Recently, I’ve started trying Crio Bru to mix things up. I like it also as a latte over ice (though I triple the amount of the recommended Crio Bru in my French Press). I don’t like it so much warm because it makes me irrationally angry (I’ve always had a thing about watery hot chocolate).
I’m not so interested in a discussion on the ins and outs of the Word of Wisdom, avoiding the appearance of evil, or why coffee should be okay to drink, but I would like to know if you’ve tried coffee-alternatives. What are your favorites?
*After writing this post, I thought to google “Postum” and it does appear that it is again available. Hooray!