Healthy Latte Recipes to Make at Home This Fall
So what makes a healthy latte recipe? As with anything else, it comes down to the ingredients. You can basically add or substitute any ingredient into your healthy latte recipes, and many common ingredients boast health benefits. As pumpkin spice latte season approaches, we’re here to give you a few new healthy latte recipes to try out.
- Lattes are delicious and can offer numerous health benefits by adding and sourcing the right ingredients.
- Everything from the coffee to the spices and flavors you add can create a healthful drink.
The Italian coffee drink known as "caffè latte," or simply "latte" in English, is composed of espresso and steamed milk. (If you ordered a latte in Italy, you would likely receive a glass of plain milk lol.) Today, this drink exists basically anywhere you can find both coffee and milk.
Variations in the latte have exploded in popularity, ranging from the simple substitution of different types of milk to the addition of exciting and bold new flavors. Mocha latte with a taste of chocolate is one popular variation, as is switching the coffee base for a tea like matcha, turmeric, rooibos, or chai. Soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk are also commonly used as milk substitutes.
Coffee is more appealing than ever. Numerous studies suggest that your favorite morning coffee may be providing you with more benefits than you realize. Coffee is packed with compounds that might protect against diseases like Alzheimer's and heart disease, which are more prevalent among women. In addition to lowering the risk of acquiring Parkinson's disease, caffeine may also improve movement control in people who already have the disorder.
Regular and decaffeinated coffee also both appear to protect your liver. According to research, coffee consumers are more likely than non-drinkers to have liver enzyme levels that are within a safe range. Note that these benefits come from a safe amount (no more than 400 mg of caffeine/ 3-5 cups per day).
2. Green tea
Green tea has a particularly high concentration of flavonoids, which can improve heart health by decreasing harmful cholesterol and blood clotting. According to studies, this tea can also decrease triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Green tea may have a positive effect on malignancies of the liver, breast, prostate, and colon, according to an additional study. One of the most popular benefits of drinking green tea includes reduced inflammation, which supports healthy, clean skin.
Matcha, a kind of green tea, has gained popularity recently. The whole leaves of tea bushes cultivated in the shadow are used to make matcha, an extremely fine, premium green tea powder. Matcha includes ten times the antioxidants since it is the only type of tea in which the leaves are consumed. Black and oolong are both green teas at different levels of oxidation.
3. White tea
White tea (Camellia sinensis) may be the most beneficial tea for preventing several types of cancer. Additionally, white tea is great for oral health. It has a high concentration of fluoride, catechins, and tannins that strengthen teeth, fight plaque, and increase their resistance to acid and sugar.
This type of tea also has the lowest caffeine content, making it a wise choice for tea drinkers who prefer to avoid or consume little to no caffeine.
A bounty of calm, chamomile enhances sleep and relaxation while easing stress as well as menstruation pain and muscle spasms.
Rooibos boosts good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol, enhancing blood pressure and circulation, maintaining strong hair and healthy skin, and relieving allergies.
Peppermint helps treat motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation as well as calm an upset stomach. This particular tea kind also provides relief from migraines and tension headaches.
Ginger is effective in treating indigestion, morning sickness, and osteoarthritis-related pain.
Hibiscus lowers blood pressure, enhances the general health of the liver, can curb the desire for harmful sweets, and may prevent kidney stone development.
*Tea and coffee contain polyphenols, which are primarily responsible for their health benefits. These compounds, according to laboratory and animal research, exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics. Tea and coffee users may have a decreased chance of developing diabetes and perhaps cardiovascular disease, according to research conducted by Harvard scientists over time on huge populations of people.
Healthy Latte Recipes
Here are some healthy latte recipes you can try out today:
- Tumeric chai - Chai base, milk of choice, sprinkle of turmeric and black pepper
- Cardamom rose - Rose tea base, milk of choice, sprinkle of cardamom
- Chocolate chai - Chai base, milk of choice, scoop of cocoa powder
- Cinnamon vanilla - Coffee base, milk of choice, sprinkle of cinnamon, splash of vanilla
- Almond beet - Adventurous healthy latte recipe here
When crafting your own healthy latte recipes, any of these ingredients function as a fount of health benefits. It really comes down to taste preference, and, most importantly, limiting the amount of sugar you add to your healthy latte recipes, it should be none or as little as you can while still enjoying your beverage. Also, just get creative! There are quite a latte of options when you’re your own barista (sorry, but I had to).
Written by Kiana St. Onge