The Superfood Latte Trend: Four Types To Try

No doubt you’ve recently visited a café and noticed some interesting items on the menu,
turmeric lattes, beetroot lattes, matcha lattes…What are these ingredients doing in a coffee?
While these blends don’t contain caffeine, they’re a healthy alternative if you’re after a hot drink.
We take a look into four superfood lattes and discover the health benefits that come with each.

By Georgia Lake

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TUMERIC LATTE

What is it?
Turmeric is a proclaimed superfood and a spice that has been used in Asian cooking for thousands of years.

What’s in it?
Turmeric powder, ginger, cinnamon, honey and milk of choice.

The Benefits
Before people started using it in their drinks, turmeric was used to treat respiratory conditions or to heal the skin. Today people use it to ease a sore throat or upset stomach by mixing it with milk or water. It also contains a substance called curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. Turmeric is at the top of latte blends for its health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease, and even preventing cancer.

Turmeric@holixtic

BEETROOT LATTE

What is it?
Sourced from the vegetable, beetroot lattes contain all the nutrients from the vegetal.

What’s in it?
Beetroot powder, (sometimes) ginger, milk of choice.

The Benefits
Antioxidants including vitamin c, manganese and betalains are what gives these vegetables their deep red colour, and they can lower systemic inflammation caused by stress. They are rich in dietary fibre, calcium, iron, potassium and folate, and studies have shown they can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Beetroot@dooleysclubs

 MATCHA LATTE

What is it?
Matcha is powdered green tea leaves, a natural source of caffeine that gives an energy boost that’s slowly released.

What’s in it?
Matcha powder, sugar, milk of choice.

The Benefits
Matcha contains l-theanine, which is the amino acid that controls this calmness without being followed by drowsiness. Green tea is known to be rich in antioxidants, which increases your concentration and even supports skin health.

Matcha@eatitwhileitshaute

 BLUE ALGAE LATTE

What is it?
The powder used for these striking lattes is stemmed from E3 algae, which is an organic and chemical-free extract of a freshwater plant that has been used as dietary supplements in many countries.

What’s in it?
Blue Majik power, ginger, (sometimes) lemon, and coconut milk.

The Benefits
The algae powder is a powerful antioxidant that can act as a natural anti-inflammatory, and is filled with vitamins including B12, minerals, enzymes and compounds that can benefit our tissues and brain. C-phycocyanin, a type of storage protein rich in amino acids, is what makes the colour so bright and blue.

Blue Algae@simarablends