Latte goodness…minus the coffee

Over the last two months I have been experimenting with alternatives to the normal cup of Joe. I have had a love-hate relationship with coffee for sometime and finally had to pull the pin on my morning Almond Flat White. The last couple of months have seen me on a journey of gut healing, thanks to my gut being inundated by too much Streptococcus bacteria and no Bifidobacterium (not good for optimal bone health, energy production, immune activity and vital digestion), I have had to let go of a few things in my diet (at least for the short term) coffee being one of them. So, like many I’m sure, it’s not just about that hit of energy that coffee brings, it’s the ritual of going to a nice coffee shop, smelling the aroma as you walk inside, it’s who you go with, it’s time out from your busy schedule, whatever it is it’s not just about the coffee. Hence why, I went on a little creative venture to see what I could whip up that would a) give me a healthy little perk-up in the morning without affecting my hormone balance and gut integrity, b) something that was warming and milky and c) something that tasted super yummy and satisfied my hunger for that morning cup of joe.  

Below are two recipes that fulfilled my previous nourishing morning coffee ritual. The added fat not only keeps me super satiated (I have this after brekkie by the way) but also keeps my blood sugars nice and even, and I feel clear and focused at work too…no post coffee jitters or dip in energy

 

Green Tea Shroom Latte:

·      1 cup of milk (almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia). I love to use half Coco Quench coconut milk and half Almond milk ‘inside –out’ brand or make your own.

·      ½ teaspoon Matcha Maiden green tea powder (love this brand)

·      ½ teaspoon Ashwagandha powder

·      ½-1 teaspoon Teelixir mushroom powder blend (you could use any other mushroom powder)

·      1 tbsp. Gelatin Powder (Gelpro Peptipro Collagen Hydrosylate Beef Gelatin)

·      Pinch of Cardamom

·      Pinch of Nutmeg

·      ¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

·      1-2 teaspoon cacao butter or coconut oil

If need a little touch of sweetness opt for liquid Stevia, Organic Maple Syrup or Rice Malt Syrup.

Method:

Place all ingredients (except the Matcha) in a pot on the stove, whisk until combined and milk has boiled. Take off the heat and allow a couple of minutes to cool a little before adding the Match powder and whisking it through. Adding the Matcha later prevents the latte from tasting too bitter. Pour into your fav cup. Sit and sip mindfully and enjoy its yumminess!!

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Golden Fatty Latte:

·      1 cup milk (1/2 coconut and ½ Almond or any combo you like)

·      2 teaspoons organic Turmeric powder

·      ¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

·      Pinch of Cardamom

·      Pinch of Nutmeg

·      Pinch of Ginger powder

·      1 tbsp. Gelpro Peptipro Collagen Hydrosylate Beef Gelatin

·      1-2 teaspoon coconut oil, ghee or cacao butter

·      ¼ teaspoon Maca powder

·      ½ teaspoon Ashwagandha powder

·      Pinch of cracked pepper purely to help absorption of the curcumin found in turmeric)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a pot on the stove and whisk vigorously. You may have to whisk this one a little longer as the Turmeric needs extra time to mix through the milk. Enjoy!

Green Tea powder is a powerhouse of anti-oxidants 1 cup of Matcha green tea has as many antioxidants than 10 cups of green tea. Matcha also helps to calm the mind thanks to its super charged hit of L-Theanine 5x more than regular tea, lowers bad cholesterol, boosts metabolism and thanks to Chlorophyll which gives this nourishing powder its green hue, is also a good detoxifier.

Mushroom powder calms the mind, increases energy and supports the immune system, all of which have been much needed during my gut-healing program.

Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng as it’s also known, is an Adaptogen, which means it helps to balance, restore and protect the body. It has many health benefits one of which is to support immune health.

Maca powder is another Adaptogen herb, rich in nutrients especially calcium and helps to balance hormonal health and works to boost energy, mood and memory.

Turmeric powder has great anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the Curcumin compound—don’t forget the pepper to aid absorption.

 

I have loved experimenting with coffee alternatives. Since coming off coffee I’ve definitely notice my moods and energy are more stable throughout the day and my anxiety has gone way down!

Have fun making these recipes, don’t be too rigid with amounts, if you don’t like something omit it or swap it for something else. I would say though do follow the exact amounts for the powders because they are what make the drinks taste the way they do, too much and you might find yourself pouring it all down the sink…that would be a total waste and shame.

Have fun concocting your nourishing specialty lattes.

Let me know what you think.

In health and happiness,

Sammy.

xx

 

Resources:

https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-ashwagandha-benefits/

http://thelightcellar.ca/the-healing-power-of-medicinal-mushrooms/

https://draxe.com/top-5-maca-root-benefits-and-nutrition/

https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/