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Beyond Coffee Lattes

Does anyone really have a healthy relationship with caffeine? That first cup of coffee is literally my sole reason for getting out of bed in the morning, but for the rest of the day, every coffee that follows, is just a sad attempt to chase that first blissful cup.

I have always known that too much coffee doesn’t suit me and now that I am studying Ayurveda, I know why. Those with strong Vata tendencies just don’t need anything else to give them more nervous, jittery energy. The air and ether elements dole enough of that quality out to a Vata all on its own. Give a Vata caffeine and busy, stressful day and you are asking for trouble.

This is the main impetus for me to seek out alternatives. You may have an entirely different reason. But it is always good to take a break from your normal habits and try something new in any event.

Here are three of my favorite coffee alternatives.

Beetroot Powder Latte

The beetroot factor may have already closed your mind off to this option completely, but please do give it a try before you right it off. Not only is it stunning to look at, which I find very important in enjoying something, it tastes great in a less obvious kind of way.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Beetroot powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cardamom pod, cracked open
  • Date or maple syrup to sweeten to taste
  • 1 cup of Milk of choice ( I use almond or organic full fat dairy)

Method

Combine everything except the beetroot powder into a pot and heat gently for about 10 minutes. Add the beetroot powder and either stir to combine or if you want to be a bit more fancy whisk by hand or with a hand held blender to froth the milk.

Maca + Raw Cacao Latte

I’m a big fan of this one. Maca is an excellent adaptogen that can be very useful in balancing hormones. While raw cacao is full of antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 – tsp Maca (I would work my way up to a full tsp if you’re not used to the taste)
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • Date or maple syrup to sweeten to taste
  • 1 cup of Milk of choice ( I use almond or organic full fat dairy)

Method

Combine all your ingredients in a pot and gently heat over the course of about 10 mins. I definitely recommend putting a little froth on this one by whisking the milk and then dusting with a little cinnamon and nutmeg in the winter or a little more cacao in the summer.

Turmeric Latte

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 cardamom pods, cracked
  • a few grinds fresh black pepper
  • Ginger root, freshly grated (about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp depending on how much heat you like)
  • Date or maple syrup to sweeten to taste
  • 1 cup of Milk of choice ( I use almond or organic full fat dairy)

Method

Combine all of your ingredients (you can leave the sweetener out) and gently heat for about 15 minutes to really allow the spices to infuse the milk. Add your sweetener in at the end and froth if you like.

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