I drank my first cup of coffee when I was 25 years old – I actually remember it well. I had just started my first corporate job as a receptionist at an insurance company (side note, I make for a terrible receptionist) and would drink a cup each morning as I checked my emails.
Fifteen years later, I’m still enjoying a morning cup while I check emails. The difference is, I now need coffee to survive. To function. To communicate. I love everything about coffee and so far, reading lots of studies on the topic, I have not found a single health reason why I should ditch it.
That’s why I create this recipe for a Golden Almond Milk Latte!
This Golden Almond Milk Latte is special to me, not only because of its creamy texture, but because this is a drink I always recommend to my clients suffering from endometriosis.
When attempting to naturally relieve endometriosis symptoms, one of the most important things I recommend is try and reduce excess estrogen exposure as well as reduce inflammation.
It’s important to follow an anti-inflammatory diet when dealing with endometriosis. That means, it’s a good idea to add in lots of beneficial anti-inflammatory foods and spices. Turmeric being one of them!
INGREDIENTS & HEALTH BENEFITS FOR MY GOLDEN ALMOND MILK LATTE
- Macadamia Nut Milk – I know this recipe calls for almond milk, but I talk a lot about almond milk in other posts. I want to give a little background about macadamia nut milk and its health benefits. Macadamia nut milk contains a rich amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. They also contain monounsaturated fats, B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese.
- Maple syrup – Maple syrup nutrition is impressive because it provides us with protective antioxidants. The medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology revealed that pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants. Antioxidants, in the form of phenolic compounds, are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases.
Tip: Whenever possible, select darker, grade B maple syrups since these contain more beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups do.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon is thought to have many medicinal and soothing properties, and is used frequently in Chinese herbal medicine. The distinctive smell and flavour of cinnamon comes from the essential oils contained in the bark, called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon also contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants which helps to calm inflammation.
- Ginger – Ginger has a variety of health benefits, including digestion improvement, balancing blood sugar levels, and helping to lower cholesterol levels.
- Black pepper – While there is not a ton of research on black pepper, some studies do show black pepper having health benefits such as reducing inflammation, providing antioxidants, and as a nutrient enhancer. What is a nutrient enhancer? Nutrient enhancers are compounds that aid in the absorption of other compounds. For example, black pepper helps with absorbing iron and beta-carotene. It is also especially powerful when combined with turmeric – it helps your body absorb the spice’s curcumin compound (which is an antioxidant)
- Cardamom – Due to cardamom’s antioxidant and diuretic properties, it may help lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, and protect cells from oxidative damage.
- Turmeric – Cultivated from the roots of a flowering plant in India and other parts of Southeast Asia, turmeric is known for having potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The primary active component of turmeric is “curcumin”. Curcumin, also a natural antioxidant, has been shown to have positive health benefits related to slowing the aging process, preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and combating depression.
This almond milk latte is so smooth and creamy, you’re really in for a treat! No fancy coffee machines needed either!
Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect latte
Adjust for the Seasons – This would be a great fall drink it you added pumpkin spice, apple pie spice, or peppermint extract. Or for a hint of chocolate, you can use unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
Make it Hot – warm up the milk if you’re craving a warm latte.
Chai Tea – Replace the espresso with 2 teaspoons of chai tea mix and add the warm milk and froth as normal.
Variations For My Golden Almond Milk Latte
Personally, I love a good plain almond milk latte but here are some other flavors to add some variety…
- Matcha – Replace the espresso with 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder and 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice.
- Vanilla – Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sweetener. You can also use unsweetened vanilla milk or add some vanilla coffee syrup.
- Pumpkin spice – Add 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix and 1 teaspoon of your favorite sweetener.
- Chai Tea – Replace the espresso with 2 teaspoons of chai tea mix and add the milk.
- Caramel – Whisk in 1 tablespoon caramel sauce into the espresso before adding the milk.
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