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8 Health Lattes And Their Benefits

The new latte lineup

Move over, chai. Our baristas have been busy coming up with colourful ‘health lattes’ that are full of ingredients to boost our health and our energy. They’re very ‘grammable, but what’s in them, exactly? We break it down…

Matcha Lattes

The world is officially mad for matcha. For centuries, Japanese monks have been sipping on the stuff and they were definitely onto something. Matcha is so concentrated that one cup contains around 137 times the antioxidants you’ll get in ten cups of green tea. Impressive, right? Antioxidants aside, it contains chlorophyll to detoxify the body and an amino acid called L-Theanine to boost your mood, memory and metabolism. The amino acids in matcha release caffeine slooowly, so you’ll get a hit of energy without post-coffee jitters. Matcha lattes are made with creamy coconut or oat milk, so they’re smooth and sweet unlike a regular ol’ cup of green tea.

Tumeric Lattes

Also known as ‘golden lattes,’ turmeric lattes are more than a trend. Made with milk and a blend of turmeric and spices like ginger and cinnamon, these lattes are a bright yellow-orange colour. They have a delish, tangy flavour, and tons of health benefits. Turmeric helps to heal the gut and reduce inflammation in the body which can happen if you’re tired, sick or injured. As for the other spices, ginger’s great for the metabolism, nausea and tummy troubles, and cinnamon’s fab for curbing sugar cravings. Need a boost of energy? Ask for a shot of coffee and make your latte a ‘dirty golden.’

Beetroot Lattes

Let’s start with this: beetroot lattes don’t taste like beetroot. They’re actually a great way to sneak a few more veggies into your day. If you haven’t spotted this latte at your local café yet, it may be called a ‘red velvet latte’ – and there’s a very clever marketing manager somewhere who got a big, fat pay rise for that! Beetroot is a sly superfood: it’s rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and nitrites, which lower your blood pressure. It also works to fight inflammation and cleanse the liver, so if you went too hard on the weekend, order this on Monday morning.

Mushroom Lattes

Stay with us! According to health experts, this is the year of the ‘shroom boom’. They’re packed with B vitamins, selenium, riboflavin and potassium to rev up your metabolism, ease anxiety, and strengthen your immunity. They’re also the only vegetarian source of vitamin D! Lastly, mushrooms are adaptogens, meaning they can help the body to cope with stress and hormone changes. Not bad, huh? Mushroom lattes are made with milk, a blend of mushrooms (like reishi and shiitake), and spices/sweeteners for flavour.

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Charcoal Lattes

Activated charcoal is used to detoxify the digestive system and alleviate gas and bloating. If you can move past the colour, it actually tastes pretty good because it’s blended with frothy milk and a flavour like vanilla, white chocolate or coffee. But if you’re taking medications, chat to your doctor. Charcoal can prevent the absorption of some medicine, so it’s best to be careful.

Dandelion Lattes

Trying to cut down on coffee? Try swapping your 2nd/3rd/4th cups for a ‘dandy latte.’ Dandelion root has the same taste, aroma and colour of coffee, so you won’t miss the real thing. The gut-loving herb helps with bloating, indigestion, and other delightful digestive issues. Think about it. Do you have to dash to the bathroom after drinking coffee? You’re not alone: coffee is a gastric irritant, so it can upset your stomach.  A dandy latte won’t, which is another reason to add it to your rotation. Head to a health café or make one yourself using dandy tea (found at supermarkets), cinnamon, ginger, honey, and hot coconut or almond milk.

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Rose Lattes

This pretty-in-pink latte tastes as good as it looks. Rose water can relieve stress, calm the body, and help with bloating and indigestion (sensing a theme here?). It’s also super hydrating, which is why you’ll spot rose water in skincare prods like facial mists. Rose lattes contain rose water and milk, and some cafes get creative with edible rose petals, vanilla extract, and raspberries. Rose lattes warm you up from the inside out and taste a little like Turkish delight (which either seals the deal or turns you off).

Blue Lattes

Our favourite thing about this latte is its nickname: the ‘smurf latte.’ The trend started in Melbourne when Matcha Mylkbar decided to add a new latte to its already-colourful lineup. The main ingredient is blue algae, which the internet says is high in calcium, magnesium, protein, probiotics and antioxidants. 

Have you tried any of these lattes? What did you think?

Latte lowdown by Katia Iervasi

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