Last Update: August 11, 2023
What if your latte could do more than just perk you up in the morning? With the addition of adaptogenic staples like herbs, roots, mushrooms, and other from-the-earth ingredients, a functional beverage works with the body to provide support wherever you need it most.
At their most basic level, adaptogens are plant-based ingredients that help normalize bodily functions. They’ve been used for centuries to help regulate anxiety, fatigue, and other types of mood health, essentially helping your brain and body achieve a state of balance when it’s under stress. Studies have shown that adaptogens exhibit neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anti-anxiety, and nootropic activity, which encourage the body to return to a state of homeostasis.
We tapped Sasha Emoniee, a cook, herbalist, gardener, and artist based in Los Angeles, to create two distinctly supportive lattes to guide you through the fall season and beyond. The first, a Morning Adrenal Mocha, uses stimulating ingredients to promote focus and energy without stressing the nervous system in the way that coffee sometimes can. The second, a Golden Dreams Elixir, will gently wind down your systems to help prepare for sleep.
“These are nourishing and functional drinks that meet us where we are in each part of the day, supporting our body’s daily cycles without compromising on taste,” Emoinee explains.
Ready to tap into the power of adaptogenic ingredients to make your mornings and evenings a bit better? Try incorporating one or both of these functional latte recipes into your routine.
Yield: 1 serving
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
1 sachet Thrive Market Organic Dandelion Root Tea, brewed in 1 cup of hot water
½ cup milk of choice, warmed and frothed
1 date, pitted
½ tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon ghee or sunflower seed butter
2 full droppers medicinal mushroom tincture (like Anima Mundi Adaptogenic 7 Mushroom Immortality Tonic)
Optional: Sprinkle of bee pollen
Brew a cup of dandelion root tea for 10n to 15 minutes in hot water, then strain.
Place brewed tea in a blender with date, cacao, maca, mushroom tincture, and ghee or sunflower seed butter. Blend on high until fully frothed, about 20 seconds.
Pour into a mug, top with additional frothed milk and sprinkle with bee pollen.
Yield: 1-2 servings
Active time: 5-10 minutes
Total time: 10-15 minutes
1 sachet Thrive Market Organic Chamomile Tea, brewed in 1 cup of steamed milk of choice
2 teaspoons coconut butter
½ cup additional steamed and/or frothed milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder, like Sun Potion Organic Ashwagandha
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon honey
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Optional: 2 droppers full spectrum CBD tincture
Brew 1 sachet of chamomile tea in steamed milk for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain.
With a small whisk or electric frother, whisk in coconut butter, vanilla, turmeric, honey, ashwagandha powder, and optional CBD tincture.
Top with additional frothed milk and sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy.
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