Trying to cut coffee out of your routine this fall? Move over medium roast; these five drinks are ready to be a part of your new morning regime.
Matcha is a popular beverage, but it is still worth listing. It’s most often consumed as a warm beverage like normal teas, but unlike conventional tea, consumers are drinking the entire tea leaf instead of just filtered water. The leaves are dried and then ground into a powder which is added to hot milk or water. Because drinkers are consuming the whole leaves, regular drinkers can enjoy some considerable health benefits including lower blood pressure, lower weight and body fat, and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to several studies in the National Library of Medicine. It’s described as an earthy but sweet flavour, and is non-caffeinated, but espresso shots can easily be added for a more rounded flavour with added kick.
Dirty Chai Latte
The dirty chai latte is a fall fan favourite. The aromatic and spiced tea gives a full, punchy flavour with every sip, and only gets more delicious when the espresso is added. The ingredients in chai tea have been shown to help boost heart health, lower blood sugar levels, and help with digestion – which are all just added bonuses to the full flavour of this drink.
This one is fairly open for interpretation and creativity. Booster smoothies usually contain natural flavours, most commonly fruit, and an added caffeine dose. The coffee lover’s smoothie contains chocolate, peanut butter, banana and regular brewed coffee for a mocha-banana-style smoothie with a kick. Not only does this smoothie taste great, the ingredients also have several health benefits. Peanut butter has healthy oils, fats and protein, bananas contain much-needed vitamins especially for more active people, and dark chocolate contains healthy antioxidants.
Honey Cinnamon Latte
The honey cinnamon latte is the perfect combination; a little sweet from the honey, a little spicy from the cinnamon. The latte version usually includes four shots of espresso, making it an extremely strong drink with its flavour and caffeine content, but any amount of espresso can be added. Cinnamon has been known to help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, and even cancer. Although honey has few proven health benefits, it is still a healthier alternative to white sugar and can help suppress your coughs.