If you’ll run late to get a latte, or can’t start without a cappuccino, supercharge your caffeine fix with these delicious (and beneficial) additions to your daily ritual.
If you normally top your cappuccino with a generous sprinkling of cocoa powder, swap it for a dusting of cinnamon, instead. Not only does the spice help to stabilise blood sugar (in turn aiding to better regulate your energy levels and stave off that 4pm slump), there is some evidence to suggest it can help lower blood pressure. Cinnamon also contains large amounts of phenolic antioxidants, which have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects when consumed over time.
Used in India for centuries as a spice and medicinal herb, those of us in the Western world have only recently woken up to the powerful anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. Curcumin – a specific compound found in turmeric – neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. And, while simply adding numeric to your coffee may not directly replicate these effects, it may heighten the impact of caffeine on your metabolism. In addition to its fat-burning properties, the spice also adds an earthy flavour to your coffee. Try a spoonful stirred into hot milk, before adding your regular shot of espresso for a deliciously warming beverage.
If you’re trying to kick caffeine, a matcha latte may be just the thing to replace it. The leaves are used in green tea but, when swirled through warm milk with a little honey, the flavour transforms from the slightly bitter tang of green tea to a rich and warming flavour. Comprising all of the benefits of an enhanced metabolism, concentration and mood, the instantly recognisable pastel-green hue will also brighten grey Winter mornings no end.