COZY SUPERFOOD LATTES

superfood lattes, 3 ways // www.thefirstmess.com
I usually walk into my local health food store for a crusty loaf of sourdough and maybe a bulk refill of brown basmati rice. But also… I almost always walk out with 3 sample size packets of plant-based protein powder, a kombucha, maybe a pint of coconut milk ice cream, a new herbal tea, some kind of rice cracker/cake, something with chocolate, a new flour/grain to play around with, and whatever superfood du jour that I’ve just read about. I enter a consumerism-fueled vortex in there *nervous laugh*.

Those bags and jars of dried fruit, seeds, powders, tabs, bark pieces, and leaves tend to realize their fate in my daily smoothie. The individual flavour of each is buried in this application and I really can’t tell you with 100% certainty whether my immunity is stronger (no colds yet this year), my focus more laser beam-like, or my energy levels significantly enhanced. I just know that I feel good.

I do have specific uses for some of these quote unquote functional foods, but for the most part they seem to fit in just right with my beverage routine. A traditional latte is one of my favourite small/frequently enjoyed luxuries–it’s rich without being overwhelming, the ratio of coffee to (non-dairy) milk suits me just right, and the foam is fun and nice.

Around 5 years ago, I found myself enjoying a soy milk latte while out and about every other day or so. I also found myself with the worst case of acne I’d ever had. I was dumbfounded on why this could be happening at 25 years old and also considering how healthy I was otherwise. I ate a varied diet based on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and healthy fat with little sugar. I hydrated religiously, green juiced often, took probiotics and Omega 3 supplements, made horrifyingly blue spirulina shots every day, used the gentlest all natural face care I could find, got my exercise, avoided excessive time on the internet, and slept relatively well. I felt amazing, so it was extra frustrating that the most visible part of me didn’t effectively communicate that vibrance. It’s like living with a cautious confidence. After taking some time to focus on higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals and removing soy almost entirely, I started getting results. To this day, if I drink even a small soy latte, it’s almost a guarantee that a throbbing zit will be saying hello the next day.

I overshare just to emphasize how often I enjoy coffee/warm drinks at home now. I wasn’t about to buy one of those specialty plug-in milk frothers and once I happened upon the discovery that coconut/MCT oil + warm liquid + blend on high = creamy, foamy, frothy latte-like goodness, my non-dairy, soy-free woes weren’t a thing anymore.

I really got into a vegan version of bulletproof coffee last summer–just hot coffee with a bit of MCT oil, a dab of coconut butter/manna, and a splash of full fat coconut milk. All of the supposed benefits of mixing coffee with fat aside, I enjoyed the taste and texture so much after it all got blended together. So this led to my superfood lattes habit. I could use up all of those random bags I had picked up at the health food store, maybe enjoy their individual flavours a bit more, and have myself a cozy drink too. I have one of these superfood lattes everyday, usually when I hit that little afternoon slump and they’re never the same way twice.

I offer three versions here that you can play with: a turmeric vanilla spice, a raw cacao and goji berry one and a wildcard matcha and maca one with tahini! Totally, totally super :)

With respect to origin, the turmeric + milk combination ties to haldi doodh, the Hindi phrase for “the milk of turmeric.” One of my favourite pieces of food writing ever revolves around this particular drink. You can read it here.

turmeric vanilla spice superfood latte // www.thefirstmess.comraw chocolate + goji berry superfood latte // www.thefirstmess.commatcha + maca superfood latte with tahini // www.thefirstmess.comslurp // via @thefirstmess
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Guess what? We did a part 2 superfood lattes post! Three more recipes here.

1. turmeric vanilla spice superfood latte recipe
serves: 1
notes: I’ve tried this with both fresh and powdered turmeric and generally prefer the powder. It just seems to integrate itself into the drink nicer.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2-2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
fat pinch of vanilla powder
tiny pinch of ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
maple syrup/brown rice syrup to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm, carefully pour the liquid into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined and frothy. Pour the drink into a cup and shake a bit of cinnamon on top if you like.

2. raw cacao + goji berry superfood latte recipe
serves: 1
notes: I love the intensity of raw cacao powder in this, but regular cocoa powder would be just as tasty.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 pitted date
1 1/2 tbsp goji berries
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch of berry blend/acai powder (optional)
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm and the date/gojis are completely soft, carefully pour the liquid and softened dried fruit into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined, smooth, and frothy. Garnish with extra goji berries, a sprinkle of cacao powder or cacao nibs if you like.

3. matcha + maca superfood latte with tahini
serves: 1
notes: I imagine a bit of raw cacao butter dissolved into the mix would give this a delicious white chocolate feel similar to this gorgeous recipe.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil (or coconut butter/manna is especially good here)
maple syrup/brown rice syrup to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm, carefully pour the liquid into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined and frothy. Garnish the drink with a little sprinkle of sesame seeds of you like.

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