Over the past year, several new hot drinks have infiltrated the coffee world. Branded “superfood coffees,” they provide a healthy alternative to standard flat whites, cappuccinos and the like. By blending a unique assortment of flavours with minerals and nutrients, these superfood coffees provide drinkers with a host of health benefits – and some of the perks of regular coffee, too. Here are 5 superfood lattes to add to your recipe list.
Made by grinding whole leaves of the camellia sinensis tree, matcha powder is packed with flavonoids, catechins and polyphenols. It is the most concentrated form of green tea available, with just one cup containing approximately 137 times the amount of antioxidants in ten cups of regular green tea. Matcha lattes can be drunk hot or cold, and are best made with coconut milk. Adding one of these to your diet will help clear acne and aid everyday oral hygiene by countering plaque-causing bacteria.
Cinnamon Rooibos Latte
If you want to completely avoid caffeine, a rooibos latte should be your go-to superfood coffee. A red tea originating from South Africa, rooibos is high in antioxidants and boasts anti-fungal properties. It also supports the immune system, reduces inflammation and alleviates indigestion pain. With a rich, earthy flavour, rooibos pairs well with nut milk and spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Use coconut sugar or raw honey for a natural sweetener.
Colloquially called “golden milk,” the turmeric latte has an overwhelming number of health benefits. Made from a combination of cold-pressed turmeric juice and nut or coconut milk, this superfood coffee has a strong, unusual flavour. The addition of turmeric reduces skin blemishes, lowers inflammation, increases moisture retention and promotes brain health. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix for a sweet, spicy effect.
While actual charcoal contains numerous chemicals, activated charcoal has proven health benefits. Made using activated charcoal and hot milk, charcoal lattes have swept the health world by storm. Due to its porous nature, charcoal has the ability to absorb toxins and contaminants. As well as detoxing the digestive system, it alleviates gas and bloating and reduces high cholesterol. Activated charcoal should be consumed with caution, however. Despite its many benefits, too much activated charcoal can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation.
Raw Cacao Latte
Full of flavonoids which act as a natural antioxidant, powdered cacao provides a tasty boost of nutrition. The superfood is also rich in magnesium and sulfur, which is important for skin, muscle and bone health. Blend cacao with coconut or almond milk, organic coffee and cinnamon or cardamon for a healthy vegan drink. If you want to add a twist, throw in some ground up goji berries for a burst of vitamins C and A.