By April Dupee
There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to rescue you from your morning fog and make you feel like you can take on the world.
While coffee isn’t as unhealthy as you may think, it isn’t the only hot drink worth sipping in the morning either, and there are benefits to mixing up your routine: You become less dependent on one habit, you cut your caffeine consumption, and you mix up your nutrients.
That’s where wellness lattes come in. These healthy hot drinks include nutrient-dense ingredients that offer health benefits beyond your daily dose of caffeine. You can now find wellness lattes made with turmeric, beets, and mushrooms popping up in your favorite coffee shops, but you can DIY at home to save money and add extra superfoods, too.
Ready to shake up your morning routine? Try the Nutritious Life wellness lattes below.
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Yerba Mate Cashew Latte
What has almost as much caffeine as coffee and more antioxidants than green tea? Let us formally introduce you to yerba mate. This traditional South American tea is packed with powerful antioxidants and linked to reduced inflammation. For this recipe, you’ll blend steeped tea with cinnamon, honey, and mineral-rich cashews for a creamy, sweet, and nutty latte (just skip the ice and heat it up for a cold-weather version).
You definitely want to sneak turmeric into your diet with a cozy and subtly spiced latte. This trendy root has impressive anti-inflammatory properties thanks to curcumin, a powerful compound that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and even some cancers. Even better, the black pepper and fats from coconut oil in this recipe help increase the absorption of curcumin.
Almond Matcha Latte
Matcha is popular for a reason. Unlike other teas that are steeped in water and then removed, matcha powder is directly added to hot water so you consume even more of its impressive antioxidants. Plus, the combination of caffeine and calming L-theanine offers sustained and jitter-free energy. Skip the coffee shop and make your own matcha latte with this easy recipe that can be enjoyed iced or hot.
Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
This is no powdered packet hot chocolate. Warm up from the inside out with this nutrient-dense drink made with real dark chocolate rich in heart-healthy flavanols. Spices like ginger and cinnamon not only boost flavor but also provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Still want a caffeine kick? Just add a splash of coffee and make it a mocha.