Cool off and power up with these essential superfood iced latte recipes
At it’s worst, too much coffee can make us jittery and anxious. But at it’s best, some would argue coffee is among the superfoods that may improve our longevity and reduce our risk of disease. These coffee and sans-coffee iced latte recipes are packed with some of the planet’s most powerful foods and will keep you cool and energized all summer long.
Superfood Iced Latte Recipes We Can’t Get Enough Of
Turmeric golden milk latte
Health benefits: Known for its anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties, turmeric has been used for more than 4,000 years to reduce inflammation and improve immunity. Turmeric can relieve arthritis and improve skin health, digestion and your immune system. Some studies show that it can even help prevent cancer. This powerful drink is a delicious way to get a daily dose of this powerful spice.
1 cup cashew milk
4 t finely grated fresh turmeric (or 2 t dried turmeric)
2 t raw sugar
1 t finely grated ginger
1 t fresh lemon juice
2 pinches of ground cardamom
Pinch of flaky sea salt
Lemon wedge (for serving)
Whisk milk, turmeric, palm sugar, ginger, lemon juice, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so the flavors can meld.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup and discard the solids. Fill a glass with ice, and pour the latte over. Garnish with the lemon wedge. (Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit)
Cinnamon coconut milk cafe latte
Health benefits: Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and versatile spices around. Made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum, cinnamon used to be regarded as a special gift for kings. Some studies show that cinnamon, especially cassia cinnamon, may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Other studies have shown that cinnamon can lower cholesterol and fight bacteria.
The unique fatty acids in coconut milk can aid weight loss, improve your skin and hair, improve immune function and reduce heart disease risk.
This simple recipe is a perfect every-day morning treat, and you’ll have no problem throwing it together before work.
3 cups prepared coffee
½ cup coconut cream or full fat coconut milk
Dash of cinnamon
Pour the coffee into a blender, along with the coconut cream or milk. Blend on medium-high until the two are full combined. Pour into a mug (or bottle), and top with some of the frothed coconut milk for a bit of foam. (Recipe courtesy of Stupid Easy Paleo).
Health benefits: Packed full of nourishing nutrients and antioxidants, matcha is a powerful superfood. Grown in Japan, matcha is a potent, powdered green tea that, in addition to caffeine, contains L-Theanine, a calming amino acid.
Combined with the caffeine in matcha, L-Theanine makes matcha the perfect drink if you’re looking for a little energy boost without the jitters caffeine can cause. It’s a perfect drink for anyone who struggles with stress and anxiety, but misses the caffeine coffee offers.
1 t green tea matcha
⅓ cup hot water
Steamed almond milk
A bit of honey for sweetness
Add the matcha to the hot water along with the honey. Top it off with some steamed almond milk. (Recipe courtesy of Food by Jonister).
Maca powder latte
Health benefits: Maca comes from a root in the radish family. From the mountains of Peru, people have used maca for centuries to boost libido, alleviate cramps and other menstrual issues, improve mood and increase fertility.
The taste of maca alone can be, well, pungent. However, when you combine it with some almond milk and coconut sugar, it can be a delicious substitute for coffee.
1 cup boiling water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 T coconut oil
1/2-1 T maca powder
About 1 T coconut sugar
Pinch sea salt
Pinch ground cardamom
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend briefly until lightly foamy on top. Serve warm. (Recipe courtesy of Julie Morris)
Raw cacao and goji berry latte
Health benefits: Far from the sugar-laden chocolate candy you find in big bags at the supermarket, raw cacao, in its unaltered form, is one of the most powerful superfoods on earth. Raw cacao contains 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and is the highest plant-based source of iron. It also contains polyphenols, which help reduce bad cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries.
Cacao is also a great source for four of the feel-good chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. It’s no wonder why we feel better after a little bit of chocolate!
0-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 T raw cacao powder
Small handful of goji berries
¼ tsp vanilla powder
pinch of berry blend/acai powder (optional)
1 ½ tsp extra virgin coconut oil
Pinch of cacao nibs
Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it all to a strong simmer, whisking a couple of times. Once it’s quite warm and the goji berries are completely soft, carefully pour the liquid and softened dried fruit into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined, smooth, and frothy. Garnish with extra goji berries, a pinch of cacao powder and cacao nibs. (Recipe courtesy of The First Mess)
Health benefits: Rooibos is a red tea that is rich in antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation. If you’re stressed, it’s the perfect drink for you, as some studies show that it can counteract the effects of stress and anxiety. It does not contain caffeine, so if you’re looking for a delicious caffeine-free latte to make each morning, it’s a perfect choice.
1 cup hot Rooibos tea
½ cup warm almond milk
1 t maple syrup
A pinch of cinnamon
Brew the Rooibos tea. Warm up the almond milk. Pour both into a blender along with any additional ingredients you’d like to add, such as vanilla, turmeric or ginger powder). Blend until frothy. Top with cinnamon to serve. (Recipe courtesy of Healthy Happy Life).
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