It’s spring and time for those gorgeous, quiet morning sunrises. Don’t identify as a morning person? Maybe your bland coffee routine is to blame. If you’re looking to get energized in the morning the healthy way—without the help of so much caffeine—try a superfood latte.
Traditionally, lattes combine coffee or tea with milk to make a delicious, creamy beverage. A superfood latte is no different, except that it generally uses a healthy base, such as raw cacao, dandelion tea or other stimulant-free goody, which is then doctored up with good things to give you a heaping dose of energy. No matter what you crave, there is a recipe for you!
A gentle wake up
Raw cacao, otherwise known as chocolate in its natural form, has some caffeine in it (but not as much as coffee), so it can help you feel a bit energized. It also contains compounds that may help to prevent chronic diseases, heart disease, and even stroke. If you like what you’re hearing so far, try this Raw Cacao and Goji Berry Superfood Latte recipe. Sweetened with dates, this sugar-free latte also adds the magic of Goji berries, a delicious and antioxidant-rich food. Enjoy this with some coconut or almond milk for a dairy-free way to start your day!
Turmeric is one of the world’s most well-known anti-inflammatory foods. This beautiful golden spice is used in traditional Indian and Asian cuisine and contains curcumin, which is scientifically known to help manage oxidative and inflammatory conditions, chronic diseases, arthritis, and anxiety. When combined with other delicious, nourishing, and health-inducing ingredients, such as black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or any other number of warming spices, this becomes a lovely fall, winter, and springtime beverage. Check out a Golden Milk Latte and kiss your inflammation goodbye!
Boost your immune system
Want to avoid springtime colds, the flu, or further mutations of the COVID virus? Focus on boosting your immune health now with none other than the fungus among us: mushrooms! Don’t freak: Mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years, and that goes way beyond the ones you find on your pizza or in your grocery store. In fact, some varieties, such as chaga, reishi, turkey tail, and more, have been prized as medicinal, meaning they are antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, and adaptogenic. Give this tasty Medicinal Mushroom Latte a try; we promise you won’t regret it.
Want to add more fiber to your morning and help your digestion throughout the day? Try taro, the starchy purple root popular in the diets of Pacific Islanders for hundreds of years. It has a light sweetness that fits perfectly into your morning routine. For this Four Ingredient Taro Latte, you can either use cubed taro or taro powder. The prep work may seem time-consuming, so if taro is your jam and you’re using fresh roots, you may want to make a few days’ worth in advance.
Mixing up your morning routine could prove to have some major health-boosting benefits. Whether you want to decrease inflammation, steer away from the caffeine buzz of coffee, or boost your immune system, Mother Nature has something special for you packed away in her stockpile of superfoods. To your best health!