WHEN WARMER weather hits, there’s nothing better than an iced latte. Put that iced caffeine hit to work with functional and supportive ingredients that’ll set you up for the day ahead.
I’m going to walk you through three iced latte options with functional ingredients from Anima Mundi. Each one will take your coffee habit to the next level with benefits far beyond that kick of caffeine! Start your day with mineral-rich superfoods that’ll take your clarity and vitality even further.
First, Should I Even Be Drinking Coffee?
As a holistic nutritionist, I’m a big proponent of balance when it comes to caffeine consumption—a single cup of coffee can be a mood and motivation lifter for most.
Whether coffee is friend or foe ultimately comes down to a few factors: how your individual constitution metabolizes caffeine, the current state of your health and hormones, plus your current lifestyle, body, and personal needs.
Pausing from coffee (or caffeine in general) from time to time can have its benefits for balancing adrenal health, reducing anxiety, and regulating sleep cycles. Adding it to your routine has touted benefits of increasing motivation, alleviating depression, and improving memory.
So, is there a way to elevate your health with coffee? Absolutely! The key is in adding deliciously functional ingredients that can help balance the effects of caffeine, like Anima Mundi’s super-creamy Coconut Cream Powder, plus adaptogens and mushrooms like the ones I’m sharing below that can help support brain health, cognitive function, and immunity.
Choose Your Own Adventure: 3 Functional Iced Lattes
Here are my 3 favorite options for the perfect functional iced latte. Choose the one that suits you, depending on your mood, goals, and the day ahead!
The Keto Iced Latte. This latte is dense in healthy fats and fiber, keeping you feeling fueled longer while kicking your metabolism into high gear. The addition of coconut cream powder is an instant way to create a creamy, satisfying + delicious latte in seconds. Star ingredient: Anima Mundi Coconut Cream Powder.
The Iced Shroom Latte. A mood and immune-enhancing latte that will boost your system in seconds. Made with a base of coconut cream and heirloom cacao plus adaptogenic mushrooms, this latte packs a powerful punch that will boost dopamine, while energizing and uplifting your spirit. Star ingredient: Anima Mundi Mushroom Mocha Milk Adaptogenic Creamer
The Adaptogenic Iced Latte. The latte that will bring balance to your entire being. Paired with caffeine, adaptogens help to mitigate the potentially negative effects of excess caffeination. This combination will ground you while gently supporting your immune and nervous system. Who doesn’t need more of that? Star ingredients: Anima Mundi Adaptogens
A Few Of My Favorite Adaptogenic Additions
Ashwagandha. One of the world’s most potent adaptogens—ashwagandha helps to regulate and balance the body plus mitigate the effects of caffeine sensitivity. Both calming and gently uplifting—adding ashwaganda to your latte soothes and strengthens the body.
Lion’s Mane. Known for its ability to improve brain function and cognition, lion’s mane mushroom is the perfect addition for creatives, writers, and thinkers. It’s also known to reduce inflammation, support liver detoxification, immunity, and a healthy gut microbiome.
Chaga. One of my favorite immune protectants, chaga mushroom is a wonderful addition if you’re feeling run down and need a bit of an immune enhancement or inflammation support. Chaga is also helpful in balancing blood sugar.
Let’s Get Frothed
Let’s talk about the most important element to an iced latte: that froth!
To get started, you’ll want to have a blender, frother, or hand-mixer on hand. Personally, I stick with a high-speed blender to create the perfect foam, but if you’re traveling or in the office a frother or hand-mixer works!
The key to the creamiest iced latte froth is Anima Mundi’s Coconut Cream Powder or Mushroom Mocha Milk Adaptogenic Creamer blended with a little almond milk. The blend is actual iced latte perfection—next-level froth, and a decadence that can’t be denied.
Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, Anima Mundi’s Coconut Cream Powder is made with silky, organic coconut, a superfood for our skin, metabolism, and digestion packed with . The Mocha Milk Adaptogenic Creamer contains seven organic adaptogenic mushrooms plus heirloom cacao. An all-in-one, immune, mood, and metabolism booster. Seriously one of my all-time favs!
The Perfect Functional Iced Latte
Begin by making your favorite coffee. French press, pour-over, or espresso-grade coffee via your espresso maker all work. I like to brew it fresh, but you can make your coffee the night before and pop it in the fridge for convenience. When shopping, look for coffee beans that are organic and fair trade.
+ ½ cup coffee or 2 shots of espresso (or decaf)
+ 1 cup of homemade almond mylk (or alternative)
+ 1-2 T of coconut cream or mushroom milk
+ 1 tsp of your choice: ashwagandha, lion’s mane, or chaga
+ Ice of your choice!
+ Optional: 1-2 tsp of raw honey or 1-2 dates
+ Optional: Pinch of cinnamon / cardamom
1. Make Coffee/espresso/decaf via french press, pour-over or the night before (and chill in the fridge)
2. Make homemade almond mylk (or alternative)
3. Add 1 cup of almond mylk (or alternative) to the blender + 1-2 tbsps of Coconut Cream or Mushroom Milk
+ (optional) Add 1 tsp of (your choice) Ashwagandha, Lion’s mane, or Chaga
+ (optional) raw honey or 1-2 dates and Blend on high for 30 seconds
4. Fill your favorite coffee cup (I love mason jars) with ice
5. Pour your coffee/espresso/decaf over ice- fill ½ way, top with your fresh, frothy functional mylk blended with optional additions + a pinch of cardamom/cinnamon and voila – you have the perfect iced latte to start your day!