While curbside and takeout coffee orders can hold you over for now, it can be hard missing out on going to your favorite coffee shops. At-home coffee is just missing that special touch. You tend to fall into the same routine, brewing and sipping the same old drink all week long. If you’re getting a bit bored of your routine coffee, it might be time to try something new – something that will give you a unique boost.
Coffee alone can give you a productivity boost for the day, but you can add something special to truly lift your spirits: adaptogens. Whether you choose a straight adaptogenic powder, such as ashwagandha, or a blend meant to treat certain aspects, you can easily give your coffee a beneficial twist.
Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that have been used in the ayurvedic medical world and modern wellness world to help the body resist stressors. The most popular adaptogens include ashwagandha, Asian ginseng, and reishi. Easily found at your local market or at an online wellness shop, keeping these adaptogens handy will add an amazing boost to your morning cup of joe.
Ashwagandha is a great choice for reducing stress, fighting depression, and increasing brain function. Asian ginseng is one to reach for boosting stamina, improving concentration, and enhancing your overall well-being. Finally, reishi is a common pick for reducing stress, lessening fatigue, and reducing blood pressure.
To make your adaptogenic latte at home, we recommend using oat milk. Oat milk is one of the most environmentally-friendly milk alternatives, and it is easy to make at home, too. Its creamy texture is perfect for frothing your perfect latte.
To put together your adaptogenic latte, you’ll need an espresso maker, a milk frother or mason jar, espresso powder, oat milk, and your adaptogens of choice. If you want a little extra sweetness, you can add in a few dashes of cinnamon or a few drops of honey/agave.
Start your latte by simply brewing your espresso. Next, steam/heat your milk, either in a mason jar (with the lid off) or in a machine of choice. During this step, add your adaptogens of choice, along with any sweeteners, to the milk. Froth it by shaking the jar, with the lid on, or with a handheld frother. Add this mixture to your brewed espresso and you’re all set.
Making a latte at home can still be healthy, nutritious, and of course, delicious. Make your next latte adventure full of ingredients that not only taste amazing, but also give you a clear, calm, focused mind.