Fall arrived for real here in Germany and I am all about the cozy things. I changed my closet from summer to winter the other day, got all my knits back in stock, changed my everyday loafers into boots, and … have a hot and creamy drink every day!
I love hot, creamy, spicy, and a little sweet drinks all throughout fall and winter. These kind of treats are somehow really important for my general wellbeing. When I drink something creamy, warm, and sweet I feel relaxed, secure, warm, and cozy. Sometimes it is all I need to make a stressful morning become a perfect morning.
Even though I have been blogging about different cafes here on Conscious Lifestyle of Mine, and even though I do enjoy a cup of really good cafe latte every now and then, I am not a big coffee fan. I have a coffee maybe once a week. Sometimes once every two weeks even. But missing out on cafe latte does not mean having hot chocolate or boring tea every day instead. Far wrong. They are soooo many alternatives to a creamy cup of coffee.
In today’s post I am sharing three of my favorite alternatives to cafe latte; turmeric latte, matcha latte, and rooibos latte. However, there is a variety of other alternatives. Maybe I will share a few more throughout winter.
But let’s begin with these three. You may have heard of them already!? Turmeric latte became pretty popular around two years ago, matcha around one year ago, and rooibos latte is just being discovered, I think.
The good thing about my three creamy alternatives to cafe latte is that they are not only super yummy and warming, but they are also absolutely super healthy. So there is no reason not to enjoy two or three cups every day 😉
I will start from left to right (picture above), so the first one will be:
I am sure most of you have heard of matcha as it is all over social media these days!?
To make a matcha latte I use a little bit of hot (not boiling) water and some matcha powder and blend both with a matcha broom (or in my high speed blender). I then add some warm foamed soy milk on top and that’s it.
However, there are various options to pimp your matcha. Here is what I like to add:
A small piece of fresh ginger (mixed with hot water and matcha poweder in my high speed blender)
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of turmeric
A pinch of vanilla
I also like to add either honey or coconut sugar as a sweetener to my matcha latte.
I get my matcha from Kissa Tea and they currently have 25% off my favorite one; Matcha Tea FOCUS
And here is why matcha is so healthy:
So basically, when you drink matcha you ingest the entire tea leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. This leads up to receiving around 130 times more antioxidants compared to regularly brewed green tea. The amount of antioxidants in matcha is absolutely amazing; matchas ORAC rating is at 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units (sure, you will eat a lot more blueberries and not much more than one gram of matcha, but still!!!). And not only antioxidants; matcha also provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. Finally, matcha gives you energy throughout the entire day and even improves your physical endurance. It is also said to help with a whole bunch of diseases, cholosterol, diabetes …
Why do people drink coffee again :D?
Turmeric latte is for those of you who like it a little spicy. It’s like the chai tea for the super healthy people.
For my turmeric latte I add some turmeric latte spice blend to a cup (or glass), add some hot water and blend it smooth, and finally add foamed soy milk on top. OR I make it with all fresh ingredients in my high speed blender (you can find a recipe for that HERE).
You can find ready made spice blends for turmeric latte but it is pretty easy to make your own blend too. Just mix some turmeric powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and black pepper together. Feel free to add vanilla or cardamom. The turmeric should always be around 60% of your blend, the other ingredients make up for the rest. This ratio is also something you should consider when you buy a ready made blend in the store. There are some out there that contain only like 30% or so turmeric root and that just doesn’t really make sense to me.
One of my favorite blends is one by Sonnentor but you can find so many different great blends out there so just keep your eyes open; or make your own blend in not even five minutes.
And what makes turmeric latte so healthy?
The one main thing about turmeric is the agent curcumin which has potent anti-inflammatory effects that are even more powerful than most anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin fights chronic inflammation that again reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Turmeric is also said to improve brain function, prevent cancer, boost liver function, and many other.
The other ingredients are equally important. The black pepper helps absorb the curcumin from the turmeric and ginger has, similar to turmeric, highly anti-inflmmatory properties.
Turmeric latte is definetly king when it comes to prevent a cold during fall and winter.
This is the mildest of the three lattes presented here. I personally love it a lot! Rooibos latte is not yet discovered by the main stream and so far I never saw it served in a cafe. But I think it is just a question of time until people will disover it’s perfectly soft taste and the amazing health benefits it offers.
To make rooibos latte I use some powdered rooibos which I blend with a little bit of hot water. I then add soy milk foam to the cup or glass and a little bit of sweetener such as date syrup.
I like to pimp my rooibos latte with a little bit of fresh ginger (then I mix up everything in my high speed blender).
So far there are not yet many brands offering rooibos powder, but the brand red espresso is selling internationally and they have some really high quality and super yummy rooibos! Kissa tea, that I have been addressing above, does also have some rooibos powder in their range.
What makes rooibos so healthy?
Rooibos tea is super rich in antioxidants, including two polyphenols called aspalathin (which is unique to rooibos) and nothofagin (which is only found in rooibos and one other herb). These amazing substances are said to protect our body from cell-damaging effects. Actually, rooibos tea is bursting with so many cancer-fighting compounds (including flavanones, flavones, and flavanols) that the Cancer Association of South Africa (where most rooibos is grown) has officially recognized it as a leading source of natural anti-cancer chemicals. Pretty cool isn’t it?
That is it for today! How did you like this post? Have you tried any of these healthy alternatives to cafe latte yet? I would love to know!
Would you be intersted in other alternatives? I have been making some lucuma latte lately which is pretty good too… 😉