Start your mornings the super way: Love your superfood latte
A hot cup of coffee is the highlight of many mornings. Even standard break room sludge is enough to get most people up and moving on the roughest of Mondays. But what if you want more out of your morning drink? What if your expectations are a little bit higher than “contains caffeine” and “hot?” What if you’re looking for more in a coffee-style drink than just the dependency-causing caffeine fuel? You’re in luck. Science and nutritional creativity have advanced far enough into the future to give us all sorts of new hot drink options that not only taste delicious but also wake you up in the morning and jump-start your day.
Yep, you read that right. This first superfood latte recipe features mushrooms, the world’s most delicious fungus, in your morning drink. Mushrooms offer a surprising number of health benefits, and although they’re more commonly included in a pasta dish or burrito, they can do just as much good when you drink them.
People have been using mushrooms for a variety of medicinal purposes for thousands of years, so it’s not like eating mushrooms for their health help is a new idea. Specifically, mushrooms can help lower stress, balance your immune system, develop and support mental and physical functioning, and help your stomach work. Pretty amazing, right?
And that’s not all. Mushrooms also contain adaptogens, substances that are able to adapt and give your body whatever it needs. Adaptogens can help you feel less tired (excellent), keep you focused (even more excellent), and prevent you from getting sick (all the excellent). Due to mushrooms’ high levels of Vitamin B, they have also been proven to help lower stress levels at a significant rate; combined with their relatively high levels of Vitamin D, starting your day off with mushrooms is sure to give you a mood boost, stress relief, and an overall healthy brain.
You don’t need to chop, grind, or blend the mushrooms yourself to create the most excellent mushroom latte, luckily. Multiple health-focused companies produce and sell powdered mushroom for just this purpose, and you can even choose the type of mushroom that will meet your needs the very best. Consider trying lion’s mane for focus and mental clarity, chaga if you’re trying to ward off colds and flu viruses, cordyceps in the morning when you need a quick boost, or reishi right before bed to help you get your best night of sleep ever.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder (optional)
- 1 packet lion’s mane mushroom mix
- 1/2 tsp maca
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 packet collagen (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Honey and/or cinnamon to taste
Making your latte is the easiest part of the whole process. Simply heat milk over the stove and then add milk and your other ingredients to a blender. In addition to the milk and mushroom, it’s completely up to you what flavors and added benefits you give to your latte: consider adding natural sweeteners like honey or vanilla, other natural powders like maca or ashwagandha, and coconut oil. Experiment with as many flavors as you want until you come up with the perfect morning mushroom solution.
Not in love with mushrooms, even if they’re powdered and blended? Not to worry. There are plenty of other superfood lattes just waiting for you to include them in your daily routine.
Cacao and gogi berry latte
This superfood wonder of a drink will feel as luxurious and comforting as a hot cup of cocoa — it might be hard to convince yourself that it is as healthy as it is! Researchers have shown that similar concoctions can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and you can have it all in one delicious cup.
- 10-12 oz coconut or almond milk
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 pitted date (instead of sugar)
- 1 1/2 tbsp goji berries
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Simply put all of the ingredients into a pot and heat. When they’re simmering, pour all of the ingredients into a blender and go to town. When everything is all blended up, it’s time to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a morning latte with a more familiar flavor but a strong nutritional kick, this one is for you. Brewed with either coffee or dandelion tea, this latte packs a healthy punch while still tasting sweet and delicious. The ingredients in this latte will boost your B vitamins, up your iron intake, and even help your body fight off infections.
- 1 cup brewed coffee or dandelion tea
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
As hard as this latte will work for your body, it’s surprisingly easy to create in your kitchen. Mix the ingredients in a blender, blend them all up, and you’re done. Enjoy the rest of your day knowing that just by drinking your morning coffee substitute you’re doing something good for your health.
Leave the beans behind
What are you waiting for? It’s high time to leave your oversugared morning coffee drink in the dust and try a brand new nutritional latte instead. They’re easy, they’re delicious, and, most important, they’ll do incredible things for your physical and mental health. After you’ve tried a superfood latte, you’ll never go back to less-than-super coffee again.