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Maryana Lishman is an expert yet down-to-earth consultant who specialises in eczema, allergies, food intolerances and gut healing. She is the creator of the popular social media community, the Healing Tribe, which led to her opening a busy clinic where she connects with families across the world to support their wellness experiences. She draws on her personal story with resolving her daughter's symptoms to bring realistic, practical and compassionate wellness information with heart. She lives with her family and animals in a small New Zealand coastal community.
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Gettin' Dandy with it (with recipe)

Updated: May 8


I first heard about Dandy Blend on iHerb, which is of course one reason I keep buying from them - so many products at a great price that are almost otherwise impossible or ridiculously expensive to source in New Zealand. It's honestly where I have found so many incredible things to support our holistic journey into eating and living better. I'll be honest. I love a good coffee. Americano with a dash of cream is my order, but I prefer to have just one a day given I also have my own adrenal and thyroid 'stuff' to work through. I can happily not drink coffee as well but I do like how it tastes and that helps me feel like a real grown up ;)


During lockdown both the husband and I have chosen not to drink coffee during this period and our wallet is so happy! There are so many delicious alternatives to enjoy at home: herbal teas and bone broth but my favourite is Dandy Blend. Whether you want to completely skip on caffeinated beverages or just add more variety, Dandy Blend is a great choice for many reasons:


  • It's gluten free (even though its made from barley and rye extracts).

  • It tastes really similar to coffee but is caffeine-free!

  • It naturally tastes a little sweet.

  • It's warm and comforting.

  • It's not expensive. This 200g bag costs under $19NZD and is 100 servings! Or you can go organic and spend $15 for 50 servings. Still super cheap!

  • You can add things like cocoa, collagen and ghee to bump up the nutrition.

  • It easily dissolves just like instant coffee. Just add hot water and stir!

  • You can add your milk of choice, or have straight.

  • Rather than stress our bodies or further tax our adrenals, it actually nourishes us.

  • Helps transition away from coffee, minimizing withdrawal symptoms.

  • It's non-GMO and pesticide free.

  • You can also add to smoothies, marinades, cakes and elixirs.

  • Even people that don't like coffee often enjoy Dandy Blend.

  • Safe for children, pets, pregnant and breastfeeding women.


Dandelion root is regarded as as one of the best herbs for promoting liver function, regulating insulin levels and relieving inflammation, it's loaded with trace minerals especially potassium. Roasted chicory promotes healthy digestion. Roasted beetroot is considered a blood builder.


If you want a full list of FAQ's from the Dandy Blend website to make sure it's a good choice for you, head over here.


To make the closest approximation to coffee, this is what I do: add double the suggested amount Dandy Blend and add freshly boiled water, half a teaspoon of golden sweetener (keto friendly) and a dash of cream or raw milk - but here is a super nutrient dense recipe idea you will enjoy!


Recipe: Dandy Blend Goodness Gracious Mocha

So easy, this only takes a few minutes to put together and most of that is waiting for the jug to boil! Serves 1

Water, freshly boiled 1 tablespoon Dandy Blend powder 1 scoop Collagen powder 1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder 1 teaspoon grass-fed vanilla ghee (optional)

1 teaspoon raw honey, maple syrup or monkfruit blend. Dash of either raw cow's, hemp, almond or cashew milk.

Pinch celtic salt and cinnamon

In a large mug, combine Dandy Blend with collagen and cacao powder.

Add one teaspoon of freshly boiled water, and stir together for a few seconds.

Add the rest of the ingredients before filling mug with hot water gently stirring with a fork or using a mini frother to whisk it all together!


You could also use a high-speed blender, but always be careful when using with hot water. Can enjoy this recipe morning, afternoon or evening!


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Don't just take it from me though, here is some of what my community has to say!

"Actually, can you please stop sharing this? I had to delay my last order by two weeks as it was all out of stock!"

"I love Dandy Blend! Most coffee-like substitute I've tasted."

"I've already had two cups and will shortly be about to have another ha ha."

"Best coffee sub yet. Even better, it is good for you."

"Gives my skin a nice glow." "The Dandy is good!"

"So good, I've been drinking it for two years. It is the only coffee substitute that comes close to being drinkable."

"It's delicious"



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Maryana Lishman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach who supports and empowers families to reach their health goals. All information, opinions, and recipes provided on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition and are not a substitute for advice from your doctor.  All words are her own and should not be taken as prescriptive or medical advice. Please seek professional advice before making changes to your diet or lifestyle. Throughout this site, there are various affiliate links where she may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, should you decide to purchase.

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