If Fall had a flagship drink, it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Steamed milk, pumpkin pie spices, a bit of pumpkin puree, and espresso, topped with a bit of whipped cream – what’s not to like? I must admit, it’s a pretty tasty drink – but if you ever look at the nutritional information for a 16 oz. serving, you’d be shocked at how many calories and grams of sugar you’re drinking!
Do you need to give up this popular fall beverage for good? Nah. Like everything else, it can be enjoyed in moderation. But if you’re craving something to warm you up without putting on that dreaded “winter layer”, try one of these three hot beverages – packed with nutrition in addition to being super yummy.
Sweet Potato Latte
Sweet potatoes are a paleo-friendly, delicious and super nutritious carb – plenty of vitamins A and C, not to mention fiber in this naturally sweet tuber. The potato is gently steamed, then blended with milk and sweetened with a touch of your favorite sweetener. There is no coffee in this latte, so it’s perfect for someone who doesn’t drink coffee or is avoiding caffeine.
1 sweet potato
1 cup of whole milk or coconut milk per latte
Raw honey or stevia
Dash of cinnamon (optional garnish)
Steam or bake the sweet potato in its skin until it is cooked through. Scoop out the cooked flesh and measure out 2 tablespoons per latte. Heat the milk then combine it with the sweet potato in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add sweetener to taste – depending on how sweet the potato is, you may not want to add any additional sweetener at all. Pour blended mixture into a mug, top with cinnamon if desired, and enjoy!
You may see matcha popping up more and more as a flavor option in desserts and things like soba noodles (it’s been big in Asia for years). This powdered green tea has a ton of antioxidants and has been said to aid in memory and focus, as well as enhance calmness.
1 scoop of matcha powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup milk of choice (I love cashew milk!)
Break up the matcha powder with a matcha whisk, then use the whisk to mix hot water into the powder. This will be concentrated matcha. Heat or steam milk in a separate container, and add honey (or stevia if you prefer). Pour matcha concentrate into a mug, top with steamed milk and voila!
Turmeric Milk Tea
The healing powers of turmeric have been appreciated by homeopaths around the world. Turmeric has been used to aid digestion, alleviate inflammation, and even to treat skin and gum problems. This tea is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric into your diet!
1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut milk works well here)
1/4 t. high quality ground turmeric
1 t. virgin coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
pinch of ginger powder
Touch of honey for sweetness
Put all ingredients into a high speed blender, and blend until well combined. Heat the mixture up slowly on the stove for anywhere from 3-5 minutes – until hot, but do not boil. Pour into a mug and savor slowly.