Latte's galore

June 4, 2018

I think it is rather apt, for me to call myself a coffee connoisseur because for the longest time it is the one thing I always start my mornings with, I genuinely appreciate a good, strong, house blend cup of coffee. I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world and the one thing I can never skimp on is the quality of my coffee in the morning. It is the thing that wakes me up and sets the tone for my mood after waking up- so yeah, very important. I first starting hearing about different flavoured latte's whilst living in London and was so confused when they were made without espresso (I now know that this was done deliberately as the ingredients are pure and organic and a shot of espresso should always be had alone, true that!), but very soon I realised that they taste just brilliant by themselves and they don't need a shot of espresso to do the talking for them. 

 

My favourite latte's would be matcha and turmeric, because of the healing properties associated with each. I will post the recipe's I used for each here and a brief over view of the health benefits because I think it's good to know what you're putting inside your body and the effects it'll have. All of these recipes are for one person, you can double the quantity for more.

 

*I will be posting the recipe for the hot cocoa in a separate post.

 

Recipe: matcha latte

 

Ingredients:

 

1 tsp. matcha powder (I use get-matcha)

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp. honey

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder

 

Method:

 

Bring all the ingredients to a good boil,  then remove from the heat and blend well in a good blender and serve hot.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Helps to calm the mind

  • High in antioxidants

  • Contains cancer-fighting properties (EGCg is the main antioxidant here)

  • Matcha tea combined with other nutrients, naturally contains caffeine which can last up to 6hrs (perfect morning boost!)

 

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Recipe: Turmeric latte

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup whole milk

1 level tsp. ground turmeric

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp. honey

A pinch of salt

 

Method:

 

Blend all ingredients together (after letting them come to a boil) until nice and foamy and enjoy while hot!

 

Benefits:

 

  • Curcumin is the main compound in turmeric and it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, helping to relieve symptoms like arthritis and joint stiffness. 

  • Curcumin boosts levels of a brain hormone called, BDNF,  this helps to fight against degenerative brain diseases and keeps us alert and more focused.

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Recipe: Rose latte

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp. rosewater

2 tbsp. ground dried raspberries

1 tbsp. honey

A pinch of salt

1 tsp. coconut oil

 

Method:

 

Blend all the ingredients together after bringing them to a boil and enjoy.

 

Benefits:

 

Rose has many healing benefits such as reducing stress, calming the mind and relaxing the body. 

This natural herbal remedy also helps to alleviate anxiety, and menstrual cramps as well. 

 

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 Footnotes:

 

1. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/10-amazing-benefits-of-matcha-green-tea/

 

2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section4

 

3. http://kerriaxelrod.com/rose-tea-latte/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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