They’re appearing on our Insta-feeds constantly but what is a superfood latte? Well here’s everything you need to know about our latest foodie obsession.
Have you noticed brightly coloured lattes popping up on your Insta-feed lately? Infinitely ‘grammable, there’s more to superfood lattes than getting the perfect flatlay. And when The Happy Pear boys get on board you know you’re onto something more than a fad. Here Ruth Delahunty explains everything there is to know about our latest foodie obsession.
To caffeinate or not to caffeinate
The jury still seems to be out on whether caffeine is the ruination of us all or the glue holding us together. The general consensus is that the occasional cup of fresh, high quality, organic coffee improves alertness and works as an antioxidant. The main problem with consuming too much caffeine is that it reduces your ability to absorb important minerals. In particular magnesium, which helps convert food to energy; balance the nervous system; prevent stress and anxiety; and boost exercise performance and muscle recovery. Cutting down is never an option coffee lovers like to hear, but how about replacing the occasional cup with a superfood latte? Seriously.
Spice it up
Superfood lattes are cropping up everywhere. Foodie bloggers are writing about them and coffee shops are Instagramming about them to test the water. Why the curiosity? People are looking for new ways to find wellness, and the ingredients used in superfood lattes are… well super! So just what can you expect to find in a superfood latte?
Cinnamon balances blood sugar levels, boosts the metabolism, aids digestion, is rich in antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, and helps fight bacteria and viruses. It’s also adds a natural sweetness that will help you stamp out any sugar cravings, and stop you from grabbing that habitual bunnage to go with your cuppa.
Ginger is known for settling upset stomachs, but it offers so much more. It fights inflammation, boosts the metabolism, has powerful antioxidants, helps relieve migraines, reduces bloating and gas, and eases symptoms of colds and flu.
Similar to cinnamon, maca is a root which adds a natural sweetness to your latte. It boosts exercise performance, improves blood flow, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts the metabolism, helps relieve fatigue, and boosts the immune system.
Turmeric has been in the spotlight recently for the compound found in it called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It also suppresses the growth of fat cells, improves digestion, reduces bloating and gas, prevents and treats arthritis, and aids cardiovascular health. It’s also delicious in milk.
Cardamom is my absolute favourite spice at the moment. I’m adding it to currys, porridge, granola and just about anything I can get away with! It boosts the metabolism, helps burn fat more efficiently, aids good circulation, and stimulates digestion.
Black pepper goes hand and hand with turmeric and helps the body increase the amount of curcumin absorption. It also aids digestion, boosts the metabolism, helps burn fat more efficiently, aids good circulation, and has natural antibacterial properties.
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One to try
After much playing around with blends this one is my favourite. It’s like a warm and spicy hug in a mug. There are lots of hidden benefits to all the fragrant spices that you may not even be aware of. Spices are made from dried bark, roots, buds and berries, and the drying process concentrates their flavour and health benefits. They have powerful antioxidant and antibiotic qualities, aid digestion, clear the sinuses and even boost the metabolism!
Spice superfood latte blend
Once you try this blend you will have a new hot frothy love. Mix all the spices up and store it in a glass jar. Use about 1tsp of the blend with foamed milk to make your morning, or anytime of the day, latte.
You will need:
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp maca
1 tsp turmeric
10 cardamom pods crushed
A few grind of black pepper
Ruth Delahunty is a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher and founder of Yogaru.ie, a yoga lifestyle website that promotes a yoga way of living both on and off the mat. For more information visit yogaru.ie.