Thursday, March 29, 2018

What's in Your Latte? 5 Superfoods To Drink




If social media is any indication, superfoods are the next hot ingredients in lattes

Are you addicted to your daily latte and thinking about cutting back for health reasons? There really is no need! Right now, there are endless options that include dairy or non-dairy milk alternatives, plus the unexpected boost of the latest natural superfoods. The combinations to create the perfect (healty) latte are endless!

These five ingredients are the new trending superfood latte ingredients rocking your Insta feed. Have you tried any of them?

 Rose, the Beautiful Superfood


Yes, roses! Aside from smelling delicious and being a key ingredient in your natural skincare concoctions, roses and rose water are antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. The ideal mild treatment for coughs, sore throats, fevers and acne! Rose hips (the portion of the flower just below the petals that contains the seeds) are particularly rich in vitamin C, which we know to be a powerful antioxidant. 


Taro, Purple is the New Black


This purple-tinted root vegetable not only adds a stunning hue to a latte, but—since a single serving of taro root contains 27 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber—it aids digestive health. If you have gut problems or want to boost your intestinal flora, taro can be a wonderful addition to your latte. These regal beauties are popular in Indonesia and Australia, and it’s only a matter of time until they are more readily available in the U.S.


Why You Should Put Matcha In Your Latte


Matcha can be found in many more foods than lattes, including yummy treats such as cookies or French macarons. Its versatility, health benefits and earthy flavor all contribute to a trend that’s expected to grow. Matcha is rich in the amino acid L-theanine, which is associated with enhancing memory and learning. Several brands offer matcha lattes in powders and concentrates, and they’re now a common offering at coffee shops. [Want to make your own Matcha Macarons? See my recipe and experience here!]

Rose herbal tea and essential oils

Golden turmeric, the Indian Superfood


Curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Some people even suggest this spice can increase levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor, making it effective at delaying or possibly even reversing various cognitive ailments. 

Girl in a greenhouse


Beetroot, Your Training Bestie


Beet drinks have gained attention in sports nutrition for being high in nitrates, which deliver oxygen to the muscles. The benefits of beets may also include lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy weight, because of the nitrates and the juice’s low calories. They’re also a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C, calcium, iron and zinc. These lattes’ availability in millennial pink is an added bonus.

Has any of these superfoods made its way into your daily latte? What is your favorite combo?

Source: Ilana Orlofsky for New Hope Network

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