It’s officially Winter ❄️ this week. This time of year makes me crave all things comfort & cozy like these 6 fun, functional lattes….
Each easy-to-make latte serves a unique purpose.
Just warm a cup of your favorite milk & choose which one to make based on the benefit you’re looking for…
Optional: Add a little honey, maple/date syrup, monk fruit, or stevia to make your latte just how you like it.
1 cup warm milk + 1 tablespoon beet root powder
Beets contain nitrates, which naturally boost energy by dilating blood vessels for better blood flow to the brain & muscles. Beets may also help decrease post-workout muscle soreness.
Want to enhance focus?
✨ Make a MATCHA LATTE
1 cup warm milk + 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
Matcha has caffeine, but 1 teaspoon only has about 50mg while coffee is around 100mg per 8 ounces. It also contains a compound called L-theanine that works to decrease the jitters & energy crash you often get w/ too much coffee. Bonus: Research suggests that matcha may reduce anxiety, boost mood, and improve memory, focus & alertness.
Want to speed recovery?
✨ Make a TURMERIC LATTE
1 cup warm milk + 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (and pinch black pepper)
Turmeric contains the powerful compound called curcumin which may help to reduce post-workout inflammation & soreness. Pro tip: Don’t forget to add a pinch of black pepper which helps to increase the absorption of curcumin by over 2000%.
Want to stress less?
✨ Make a CACAO LATTE
1 cup warm milk + 1 tablespoon cacao powder
The flavonoids in dark chocolate may help with mood. Studies suggest that enjoying dark chocolate regularly may help reduce stress hormones & even improve immunity.
Want to sleep deeper?
✨ Make a TART CHERRY LATTE
1 cup warm milk + 2 tablespoons tart cherry concentrate
Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. One study found people w/ insomnia who started drinking tart cherry juice got 84 more minutes of sleep each night.
Want to crave fewer sweets?
✨ Make a CINNAMON LATTE
1 cup warm milk + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Research suggests cinnamon mimics sweetness on your tongue to get a naturally sweet flavor without sugar. This makes a cinnamon latte the most perfect post-meal treat.
Thanks for reading the Nutrition WOW.
I love you a latte! ☕️