Your love for a rich latte with syrup, cream, and caffeine may taste delightful, but it doesn’t add to your physical well-being by causing heartburn or bloating. If so, first, make sure you are not lactose intolerant. Secondly, admit to yourself that you are addicted to caffeine, which gives you energy, but – for a short time, and then gives way to a feeling of fatigue.
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If it’s too much for you to ditch latte, then try transforming your favorite drink into a healthier one.
So here are three antioxidant-rich recipes to cheer you up and boost your immune system.
Latte with turmeric and ginger
Turmeric and ginger are trendy spices in the concept of healthy eating, and not without justification, I must say.
In fact, they are root vegetables with anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the immune system, which delight your taste buds – and at the same time heal the body.
You can safely drink this version of a decaf latte throughout the day.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp. l. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
- 1 tsp fresh turmeric root, peeled and minced
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey, agave or maple syrup
- a pinch of sea salt
- Heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove.
- Combine ginger, turmeric, coconut oil, honey, and sea salt in a blender with a little milk for smoothness.
- Once the mixture is ready, add the heated milk to it and whisk again for half a minute.
Now pour the resulting drink (strain if desired) into a cup – and have fun.
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Latte with matcha and cinnamon
If you are a green tea aficionado then this is the perfect latte for you.
Matcha – powdered green tea leaves – are packed with antioxidants that can improve brain function and lower blood pressure. And this is not to mention the fact that matcha tea is simply delicious.
This latte is best drunk in the morning as it contains caffeine, but without the bad side effects of coffee. Cinnamon, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory properties and lowers bad cholesterol.
A win-win drink!
- 1 tsp matcha (preferably unflavored)
- ¼ cups of hot water
- ¾ cups of milk
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey, agave, or maple syrup (sweeter if you like)
- Pour matcha tea into a cup, cover with hot water and stir vigorously until the matcha is dissolved.
- Now heat the milk – and whisk until frothy.
- Add cinnamon to milk.
- Combine the milk with the matcha mixture and sprinkle another drop of cinnamon on top for beauty.
Lavender is highly regarded for its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, headache, and improve sleep.
If you make a latte with lavender and caffeine, you will get the double benefits: a boost of energy – and an even, radiant complexion.
- ⅔ cups of brewed coffee
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cups dry lavender
- ½ cup water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- Put dry lavender in water – and bring to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the stove – let the mixture cool, and then strain this broth through a strainer.
- In another saucepan, combine sugar and 3 tsp. lavender broth. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
- Pour the remaining lavender water into the syrup (not over the heat) and place the lavender syrup in the refrigerator.
- Now make coffee, pour it into a cup, add a little lavender syrup to it.
- The final touch: heat the milk and pour it into the coffee.
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