What's your first thought when you wake up in the morning? Whether you immediately crave a gallon (or 10) of coffee or you'd prefer to sip on a glass of hot water and lemon, we've found the perfect alternative to usher you into the day ahead: superfood lattes. If you want the same energizing benefits of coffee but not that dreaded afternoon caffeine crash, this is your solution, so early birds and snoozers can rejoice. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, "superfood" is just a nickname for foods with high levels of antioxidants, which are full of health benefits and anti-aging properties. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, they "may prevent or delay some types of cell damage."
In latte form, they also taste amazing and serve as a soothing morning routine. Admittedly, as true coffee aficionados, we like to enjoy our superfood lattes as a midmorning treat after we've had some traditional java, in place of that second cup. When we found these healthy and delicious recipes that give us a boost of energy and call for healthier, flavorful ingredients, we knew we had to share them. Scroll through to get the full details for these seven superfood lattes to put a little pep in your step and stay focused throughout the day without worrying about uncomfortable side effects from coffee overload.
The Maple Mood Booster
Complete with maca powder, raw cacao powder, and a touch of maple syrup, this latte from The First Mess will pump you up with the best kind of energy there is. If you haven't been let in on this little secret yet, raw cacao is the superfood of all superfoods because it's really high in magnesium, which is essential for a healthy heart and brain as well as iron for red blood cell production. The maca root powder also works to balance hormones, which promotes a positive mood. If you want to get creative with flavors, try adding some vanilla or cayenne and topping it off with a dusting of cinnamon.
The Rich and Creamy Refresher
Don't like drinking hot beverages? Look no further. If Elvis were a healthy-living guru and foodie, this would be his go-to. This blended chocolate chia drink from Minimalist Baker is more like a blended drink than a latte, so it'll give you that energy boost while also filling you up for breakfast or an afternoon snack. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll get your sugar fix here, but it's also packed with fiber from the chia seeds, protein from the peanut butter, and potassium from the banana. So you'll be taking care of your body and satisfying your taste buds at the same time.
The Soothing Immune Fighter
If you're not someone who likes to follow intricate recipes, this one from Minimalist Baker is ideal since it only requires four ingredients: almond milk, ginger root, cane sugar, and water. The warm milk and cane sugar have a sweet, calming effect, and the ginger will take care of your immune system as well as adding a sharper taste. This ginger latte not only soothes you and tastes delicious but also full of anti-inflammatory properties.
The Strengthening, Decadent Delight
You can follow this recipe from Half Baked Harvest to make a decadent dessert (hello, caramelized brioche), or you can enjoy it as an alternative to your morning coffee beverage. It pretty much tastes like a fancy hot chocolate, but the recipe calls for red beets, which are super healthy for bone and muscle function thanks to the vitamin C and B properties. Also, you can thank them for that pretty red hue.
The Floral Healer
If you're on the lookout for a go-to morning latte that's understated, soothing, and refreshing, here it is. From The First Mess, this lavender lemon latte recipe can be enjoyed in the evenings with a rooibos tea base since there's no caffeine in it, or in the morning for a surge of energy with a black tea base. The floral notes are incredibly interesting, so if you haven't tried a flavor combination like this one, you're in for a treat.
The Spicy Digestion Enhancer
If you're looking for a comforting beverage to sip to on that isn't overly sweet or rich, this spicy chai latte from Minimalist Baker is the perfect option for you. This recipe is also vegan-friendly, but you'll be able to enjoy this one no matter what. Even though it's vegan, it boasts a foamy and creamy consistency, just like a normal latte. It calls for black tea and chai, so you'll still get your caffeine fix while also reaping the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits. According to MindBodyGreen, chai helps with any mild pain and soreness and eases digestion.
The Pretty Skin Doctor
Here's another take on the raw cacao latte, only this recipe from The First Mess also includes goji. These little berries are another incredible source of antioxidants and especially great for clear skin and wrinkle prevention. They taste amazing and add a pop of color to your mug. With raw cacao and goji berries, this latte is both intense and balanced because of the sweet vanilla undertones.