In 2018, the clouds in our collective coffee are vastly different than those which Carly Simon meditated on in her 1972 anthem, â€śYouâ€™re So Vain.â€ť
With the wellness movement in overdrive, and health concerns around it mounting, consumption of traditional cowâ€™s milk has plummeted in favor of nondairy, plant-based alternatives that offer beneficial nutrients and at just as creamy consistencies. Moreover, the simple cup of coffee is being ousted by homespun, ultra-healthy â€śsuperlattes.â€ť Forget old-fashioned milk and sugar accoutrements. From naturally sweet, high-fiber dates to adaptogenic herbs and ingestible collagen to ghee (or highly clarified butter), the sum of their parts will jump-start your bodyâ€™s system and fuel your brain for optimal energy, as well as make you glow.
Here, an array of nutrition and wellness experts weigh in on their go-to dairy-free latte recipes for galvanizing your morningsâ€”and helping you wind down towards the end of the day, too.
â€śItâ€™s a super simple yet creamy, nourishing, and tasty tonic that keeps me going all morning without dairy or sugar,â€ť explains Los Angeles wellness guru and founder of health shop Moon Juice, Amanda Chantal Bacon, of her favorite coffee elixir. In addition to dashes of Moon Juice Sex and Spirit Dusts for a robust mood boost, she uses Beauty Shroom Collagen Protection as a rich, collagen-preserving base. And in the spirit of ease, sheâ€™s all about freeze-dried coffee as of late. â€śItâ€™s so quick and easy for the morning!â€ť she says.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon freeze-dried coffee, 10 ounces hot water, 2 tablespoons Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Vegan Collagen Protection, 1 teaspoon Sex Dust, and 1 teaspoon Spirit Dust
Blend on high and serve.
The Cool Cleanse
Michael Perrine, a detoxification consultant, holistic health coach, and the founder of nutritional detox studio Vitality NYC, suggests sweetening your morning brew with fiber-rich dates, which keep things moving by having a broom-like effect on the digestive system, as well as making walnut your nut milk of choice. â€śWalnuts are the highest antioxidant-containing nuts and have an incredible essential fatty acid profile that is good for brain health and reducing inflammation,â€ť explains Perrine.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, 4 1/2 cups water, 2 pinches Celtic or Himalayan salt, 4 pitted Medjool dates, 3-4 tablespoons raw honey, 1/2 cup raw cashews
Blend the walnuts with four cups water until smooth, then strain the mixture through a mesh nut-milk bag. Add the nut milk back to a blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth then pour over cold brew (which is less acidic than espresso) for a foamy latte. You can keep the rest stored for three to four days.
The Stress Assassin
â€śI love my coffee in the morning, but it can be taxing on the adrenals,â€ť explains integrative nutritionist Courtney Swan, M.S. â€śThe spike in cortisol contributes toÂ stress and anxiety, which is the last thing you wantâ€”especially first thing in the morning!â€ť And so, Swan fills her morning latte with adaptogens such as ashwagandha and Mucuna pruriens (the latter containsÂ L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine); gut-healing and joint-lubricating collagen peptides; and vanilla, cinnamon, and dates for a sweet taste profile.
Ingredients: 4 ounces cold brew, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or full-fat coconut milk from the can, 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, 1/2 teaspoon of Sun Potion Ashwagandha, 1 teaspoon Sun Potion Mucuna Pruriens, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, a few generous shakings cinnamon, and 1 pitted date
Blend and serve.
The Cannabis Hit
Few things are more buzzy in the wellness space than matcha, the powdered, antioxidant-rich green tea that offers caffeine without the jitters, and pacifying CBD oil, which is non-psychoactive and made by extracting CBD from cannabis, then mixing it with a carrier oil. â€śMatcha provides the energy to carry us through the day and into our evenings, while the CBD oil provides stress-relief,â€ť explain CAP Beauty founders Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima Morisse of one of their most beloved recipes, which incorporates both elements. â€ś[We add] tocotrinols and coconut butter to support radiant skin too!â€ť
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon matcha, 1 tablespoon coconut butter, a pinch pink mountain salt, 16 ounces nut or seed milk, 1/2 teaspoon of pine pollen, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon The Daily Hit CBD oil
Blend or use the Aerolatte and serve.
Los Angelesâ€“based nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, C.N., loves a creamy, saccharine drink as much as the next Starbucks addict, but the surplus of sugar and artificial flavors hidden within the average latte are not only harmful to oneâ€™s health, but can easily spur a crash in productivity too. To solve this dilemma, she whipped up an easy and toothsome hot blend of ginger (â€śAyurvedic medicine believes it opens theÂ shrotas, or detoxification pathways of the body, to support digestion and enhance metabolism,â€ť she says), hemp milk, organic green tea, and coconut nectar. â€śItâ€™s a really easy substitute for a satisfying dessert drink, and has the added benefits of beauty fat, includingÂ omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes great circulation, balanced moods, reduced inflammation, and are great for smoothÂ skin,â€ť explains Snyder.
Ingredients: 4 ounces hot water, 4 ounces unsweetened hemp milk, 1 bag organic green tea, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, and coconut nectar for sweetening
Steep the tea bag and ginger in half of the amount of water, while heating hemp milk on the stove. Then, strain out the ginger and remove the tea bag, before pouring the hot unsweetened hemp milk into your hot water and stirring in coconut nectar. Mix well and serve.
â€śItâ€™s the perfectÂ way to wind down after a hectic day,â€ť says Los Angelesâ€“based holistic living blogger Lee Tilghman of her caffeine-free, anti-inflammatory nightcap elixir. For Tilghman itâ€™s all about soothing turmeric (â€śThink of it as drinkable Advil,â€ť says Tilghman), regenerative and froth-inducing collagen peptides, the healthy fats and deep buttery taste from the ghee, and â€śgateway adaptogenâ€ť ashwagandha. â€śItâ€™s perfect for calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety,â€ť she says of the latter.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/4 teaspoon ashwagandha, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 scoops Vital Protein collagen peptides, 14 ounces hot water, a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper
Blend for a few minutes or until frothy and serve.
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