Introducing the superfood latte
We are so, so excited to introduce our newest creation ... The Anthony, our superfood latte.
We have been trying for a long time to figure out how to load up our morning cup of coffee with nutrition - to be able to get some of the plant power of a smoothie into a warming cup of coffee for cold mornings. After trying every superfood coffee recipe on the Internet (yuck), we finally added some of our own special touches and created a masterpiece. It's absolutely delicious - rich, creamy, and filling, and there is only good stuff in it.
Here's what makes our superfood coffee so powerful:
- Java Love hot coffee - did you know coffee is a superfood? Chock full of antioxidants, coffee is a fantastic, low calorie, healthy way to start your day. More to come on the coffee we use and why we chose it in future posts.
- Our own house-made almond milk: We start with organic almonds and filtered water, add organic lucuma powder, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt, and some dates for sweetness, then we cold-press right here at Juice Culture. Our almond milk is richer than most store-bought (because we use a higher ratio of organic almonds to water), doesn't contain any carcinogen-likely thickeners like carrageenan, and isn't artificially flavored or sweetened. Almonds and dates both bring functional benefits of their own. Almonds have been proven repeatedly to reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as help with weight loss and prevent diabetes. Medjool dates are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6, and have been shown in studies to have antioxidative properties.
- Reishi mushroom powder: I'm going to be honest, until a few months ago I thought that all of these medicinal mushroom powders were a fabrication by Gwyneth Paltrow to make people feel poor. But they're not. Reishi mushrooms are scientifically proven to increase activity of immune cells in animals, increase amounts of "good" HDL cholesterol, and enhance immune response in advanced-stage cancer patients, plus more lab studies show promise of lowering blood pressure and decreasing inflammation. Phew! Gwyneth was right.
- Organic lucuma powder: Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit that is very high in antioxidants and also contains good amounts of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Fun fact about lucuma - Rutgers University applied for a patent on using its extract as a topical anti-aging product, as it has been proven to promote tissue regeneration!
- Organic raw coconut oil: Coconut oil has gotten a big of a bad rap recently, but there are still many folks who believe it's a powerful superfood. Without evidence, we're not going to get in the middle of that controversy, but we do know it's a nice way to add vegan richness to our drinks.
- Local honey: This year the National Institutes of Health released a review of clinical research on honey and concluded, "[There is several pieces of evidence that suggest] the usage of honey in the management of disease. Therefore, honey in clinical wards is highly recommended." Enough said.
Remember, if you download our app you can order this superfood latte to the Upper Montclair train platform in the morning and we'll bring it to you!
(Sources: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Atlantic, livestrong.com, NIH)