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Guys, I need to share something with you…I don’t like “keto coffee.” You know the one, with butter and coconut oil that is branded under a different name I won’t write here. The one that rhymes with “mullet moof.” I’ve only tried vegan versions (and maybe that was part of the problem), but I can conclusively say that blending a bunch of oil with coffee just isn’t my jam.
I do, however, really love (LOVE) lattes, and every so often, I decide to treat myself in the morning by actually making the effort to turn on the blender whip one up. Because I like to try and cram as much nutrition into my meals as possible, I like to add in more than just coffee and milk to these treats. Lately, I’ve elevating my morning lattes with the addition of my new favorite superfood: mushrooms. Don’t click away just yet – I promise you won’t taste them!
Mushrooms have been used in many cultures across the world for thousands of years, both as a food source and medicinally. Now, mushroom coffees have been popping up more and more, and with good reason. Mushroom coffee (it’s really actually coffee with mushroom extracts) contain a ton of antioxidants, while containing less caffeine and acid than traditional coffee. Since I’ve started drinking mushroom coffee, I’ve dramatically decreased my coffee consumption, while still feeling energized and focused!
While there are many types of medicinal mushrooms, today we’re going to focus on just two: lion’s mane and chaga. We’ll also take a look at the other superfoods present in these low carb vegan lattes.
Chaga: Chaga mushrooms have demonstrated potential cancer-fighting properties (1), immune system boosting properties (2), antiviral properties (3, 4), anti-inflammatory properties (5), and the ability to improve endurance (6). Chaga grows on birch trees, but cannot be eaten in it’s raw form and instead must be made into an extract.
Lion’s Mane: This powerful brain-booster has been shown to increase neuronal growth (7), demonstrates powerful cancer fighting properties (8), can prevent the increase of LDL (“bad cholsterol”) (9), and might even aid in the management of diabetes (10). There’s really so much more going on with Lion’s Mane, that it’s worth reading this article on the matter.
Hemp: Yup, hemp is loaded with nutrition, too! Not only are hemp seeds a lovely vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids, they also contain quite an array of amino acids (including all of the essential ones!), and plenty of fiber.
Matcha: Matcha, a finely powdered green tea, is the best source of catechins (11), which can fight fat (12), help manage and reduce type II diabetes symptoms (13), and aid in alertness (14), among a host of other awesome effects.
Notes on Making Low Carb Vegan Superfood Lattes:
- The matcha Latte was inspired by Ari, who works at Four Sigmatic. He recommended I give the lion’s mane matcha combo a try, and I’m so glad I did!
- Both of these recipes use a super rich, homemade hemp milk as the base. You could substitute this for the store-bought nondairy milk of your choosing, but keep in mind you’ll have to adjust the macros.
- I like adding hot water right to the blender because it’s faster, but you could easily blend everything cold and then heat in on a stovetop.
- No, these aren’t “lattes” in the traditional espresso-and-steamed-milk sense of the word, but they sure do embody the spirit!
- These need to be blended very well, so for at least a solid minute, to be sure that there are no chunks of hemp seeds remaining, and the latte is smooth and creamy!
Low Carb Hemp Milk Matcha Latte (With Lion’s Mane)
- 24 ounces of hot water
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 packets Lion’s Mane Elixir
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- stevia, to taste
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, and enjoy! For a minty kick, add in a few drops of peppermint extract before blending!
Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition – Calories: 90 | Net Carbs: 1g | Fiber: 2.5g | Fat: 6.5g | Protein: 5g
Low Carb Hemp Milk Latte (With Lion’s Mane & Chaga)
- 8 ounces of hot water
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 packet Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane & Chaga
- stevia, to taste (or whatever else you normally put in coffee)
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, and enjoy! I like to sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon both in, and on top of my coffee-based lattes, for a nice little flavor boost!
Yield: 1 Latte
Nutrition – Calories: 67 | Net Carbs: 0g | Fiber: 1.7g | Fat: 4.3 | Protein: 3.3g