6 Dairy-Free (and Delicious!) Lattes to Power Your Day

In 2018, the clouds in our collective coffee are vastly different than those which Carly Simon meditated on in her 1972 anthem, “You’re So Vain.”

With the wellness movement in overdrive, and health concerns around it mounting, consumption of traditional cow’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 “superlattes.” 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 body’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 mornings—and helping you wind down towards the end of the day, too.

The Mood-Booster
“It’s a super simple yet creamy, nourishing, and tasty tonic that keeps me going all morning without dairy or sugar,” 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, she’s all about freeze-dried coffee as of late. “It’s so quick and easy for the morning!” 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. “Walnuts are the highest antioxidant-containing nuts and have an incredible essential fatty acid profile that is good for brain health and reducing inflammation,” 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
“I love my coffee in the morning, but it can be taxing on the adrenals,” explains integrative nutritionist Courtney Swan, M.S. “The spike in cortisol contributes to stress and anxiety, which is the last thing you want—especially first thing in the morning!” And so, Swan fills her morning latte with adaptogens such as ashwagandha and Mucuna pruriens (the latter contains 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. “Matcha provides the energy to carry us through the day and into our evenings, while the CBD oil provides stress-relief,” explain CAP Beauty founders Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima Morisse of one of their most beloved recipes, which incorporates both elements. “[We add] tocotrinols and coconut butter to support radiant skin too!”

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.

The Pick-Me-Up
Los Angeles–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 one’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 (“Ayurvedic medicine believes it opens the shrotas, or detoxification pathways of the body, to support digestion and enhance metabolism,” she says), hemp milk, organic green tea, and coconut nectar. “It’s a really easy substitute for a satisfying dessert drink, and has the added benefits of beauty fat, including omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes great circulation, balanced moods, reduced inflammation, and are great for smooth skin,” 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.

The Nightcap
“It’s the perfect way to wind down after a hectic day,” says Los Angeles–based holistic living blogger Lee Tilghman of her caffeine-free, anti-inflammatory nightcap elixir. For Tilghman it’s all about soothing turmeric (“Think of it as drinkable Advil,” says Tilghman), regenerative and froth-inducing collagen peptides, the healthy fats and deep buttery taste from the ghee, and “gateway adaptogen” ashwagandha. “It’s perfect for calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety,” 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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Source: https://www.vogue.com/article/latte-recipes-dairy-free-stress-reducing-superfoods-ghee-proteins-adaptogens-collagen

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