Adaptogen Latte Recipe

Adaptogen Latte Recipe

There's a lot of buzz around adaptogens nowadays and if you missed my post explaining how they work, check it out here

One enjoyable way to consume these harmonizing herbs is in an adaptogen latte! 

This recipe uses calming adaptogens but it you want to add a little zing, you could add some matcha, stimulating adaptogens, black tea or yes...even an espresso shot or coffee. Read below for tips on personalizing your latte.

It does call for a little cacao so if you're drinking this as a night tonic beware of that as some folks find it really stimulating (I know I do). On that note, if you are sensitive or allergic to cacao/chocolate, you can replace with carob powder or just leave it out of the recipe and it will still be really tasty. Trust me.

Adaptogen Latte

Ingredients
10 ounces almond milk (or any milk of choice)
2 teaspoons of coconut crème powder or coconut butter
1 teaspoon reishi powder
½ teaspoon astragalus powder
½ teaspoon shatavari powder
½ teaspoon cacao powder
½ -1 teaspoon maca* powder (I prefer gelatinized maca, see below for more)
1 teaspoon tahini, almond butter or any nut butter
1 teaspoon honey (can also use a date, maple syrup, coconut sugar, few drops of stevia, etc). More if you like sweeter or double down on cinnamon
sprinkle ( 2 or 3) of cinnamon
pinch of ground licorice (optional)
pinch of sea salt
½ scoop of Collagen peptides (optional)

Instructions
Warm almond milk in a saucepan.
Pour warmed milk of choice into blender and add the remaining ingredients.
Blend on low-med for a minute or until smooth and frothy. If it's really hot be sure to vent the lid or remove feeder cap so steam can escape.
Pour into your favorite mug, take a deep relaxing breath and enjoy!


Tips to Personalize your Adaptogen Latte

  • I prefer gelatinized maca over the raw powdered version. Traditionally it was always cooked and never consumed raw. Maca is a starchy, iodine-rich tuber and may cause headaches, digestive upset, thyroid complications. Avoid if you experience these symptoms or are taking thyroid medication.
  • Want to include adaptogens in your morning latte? Reduce your milk choice to 1-2 ounces and replace the rest with coffee, green or black tea.
  • You can also use a hand held frother or whisk to blend and froth.
  • Find the herbs that work for you! Play with different adaptogen combinations. The body loves variety so mix it up.
  • Sourcing–You can likely find adaptogens in powdered form at your local herb shop so you can buy in small amounts to see what you like. Online places to source clean adaptogen herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs, Root & Bones or Sun Potion.
  • I like to add some healthy fat and protein hence the collagen peptides and nut/coconut butter. You can also try MCT oil, coconut oil or ghee.
  • For pescetarians you can use Marine collagen; for vegans you can use your fav plant protein powder, here’s mine.
  • Ashwaghanda – not included in this recipe, but it’s another highly regarded adaptogen. It is part of the night-shade family so avoid if you are allergic/sensitive to nightshades or dealing with inflammation.
  • Pump up your flavor profile with ginger, cardamom and allspice

Most importantly, listen to your body!

Notice how they make you feel and adjust herbs and ratios as it works for you. Adaptogens are wonderful herbs but not all herbs work for everybody. Each person is unique in what works for them so explore with caution, do some research and source mindfully.

 





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