Bye, smoothies and juices: The morning latte is officially the new way to drink your superfoods. No longer is it simply enough to merely savor your 8 a.m. hit of caffeine—and perhaps a little almond milk—now the wellness set is requesting their lattes are served with an adjective like “cleansing” or “immunity-boosting.” A quick glance at the menus of buzzy cafes across New York City and LA proves it: You’ll find detoxing beetroot, vitality-boosting maca, antioxidant-rich matcha, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and adaptogenic Chinese herbs popping up everywhere. Even mushrooms are making an appearance on the hot beverage scene.
New York cafe Bluestone Lane, for example, is offering up beetroot lattes, while NYC-based natural beauty store and salon Cap Beauty recently started serving tasty adaptogenic lattes to clients after their treatment. If you don’t live on the East Coast, don’t despair: Anyone can try the super-healthy (and surprisingly delicious) trend at home by following these four superfood latte recipes. Keep scrolling!
Recipe via Lee Holmes.
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp maca powder
1 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 tsp vanilla
To sweeten add 1 tsp rice malt syrup to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and warm-up your latte over medium heat, remembering to whisk regularly until it’s all combined. Then, pour into a heatproof blender and mix for several seconds until your latte is frothy.
Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and cinnamon over the top.
1 small peeled beet
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp honey or 5 drops of stevia
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk (for foaming)
Blend all ingredients except the additional 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk until blended.
Place mixture in a a saucepan and warm-up your latte over medium heat, remembering to whisk regularly until it’s all combined. Don’t let your mixture boil.
Pour back into the heatproof blender and mix for several seconds until your latte is frothy.
Sprinkle the top of your latte with cinnamon.
1 cup cashew milk or almond milk
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
Pinch of vanilla powder or several drop of vanilla essence
6 drops liquid stevia or honey
Heat cashew milk in a saucepan for two minutes over a medium to low heat until the milk is hot—but don’t let it boil.
Stir in spices and vanilla.
Use a sieve to strain out any lumps of grated ginger.
Stir in the stevia.
Blend mixture in a heat-proof blender until frothy.
Sprinkle a little cinnamon and turmeric over the top to serve.
Recipe via Cap Beauty.
1/4 tsp he shou wu (Chinese adaptogenic herb)
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp tocotrienol (vitamin E)
1 cup almond milk, coconut water, or purified water
Heat nut milk or water until warm, but not not let boil.
Combine milk will all other ingredients in blender and blend for a full minute.
Pour in your favorite mug and enjoy.