Love a yummy homemade latte … but suffer almost-instant regret when your belly begins boiling, gurgling and scaring small children?
Yep. Me too.
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I prefer tea to coffee (however I will readily admit that the smell of freshly ground coffee is divine).
Here’s a little sneak peak at one of my upcoming recipes coming to you soon! Paleo Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins
There’s nothing like curling up in a sun-drenched corner of the house and cupping a mug of warm, milky deliciousness in my hands, smiling while my son plays and giggles in front of me.
But if you’re anything like me – and some estimates suggest that 65% of you are – dairy milk does not play well with your tummy.
Fortunately for us, that doesn’t mean we have to go without those delicious lattes that, let’s be honest, sometimes seem like they keep the world spinning (especially when you’re juggling mompreneur life!)
Since I started phasing dairy out of my diet, it feels like I’ve sampled vats of alternative milks. There really are so many options! But through trial and error, I’ve narrowed down my favourites.
My standbys are made from nuts like almonds and cashews, but I’ve also fallen head over heels for oat milk. It’s delicious, foams up sky high, and gets along so nicely with the teas I keep on hand.
Ready to give my belly-friendly lattes a whirl?
Here are some of my very favorite tea lattes to make at home. They’re all simple, lighter on caffeine than coffee, delicious and always tummy-friendly.
Three easy, dairy-free tea lattes I could drink every day
Perfect year round, but especially cozy on cool, cloudy days, London Fogs are made with a strong cup of Earl Grey tea, some foamed up dairy-free milk, and a sweetener typically.
Some swear by honey or sugar, but I think London Fogs are scrumptious when they’re just sweetened with pure vanilla. The vanilla adds to the fragrance of the Earl Grey without taking away any of its depth. Try it –it’s perfect.
Chai tea latte
You can absolutely make your own Chai latte with a powder or syrup base combined with foamed milk. But if you’re feeling a little adventurous, it’s worth it to make it from scratch.
Gather up some black tea, fresh ginger, cardamom pods, nutmeg, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Steep the tea and spices with milk on the stove, then strain into a mug. Start with a recipe, but adjust the proportions until you find a flavour balance that works for you. I always add extra cinnamon, and I never regret it.
There are few things more gloriously delicious – or simple to make – than a matcha latte.
Start with some beautiful, bright green matcha powder, pour in some warm, foamy milk, and add a sweetener if you like.
Ta-da! This drink always feels like a decadent indulgence without much work, and I know you’ll love it, too.
My (not so) secret health boosters
All three of these lattes have ingredients that benefit my health, but I always add two mix-ins to truly improve my well-being.
Everyone indulges in warm drinks to relax and clear the stress away, and ashwagandha is a supplement that’s been proven to do just that.
Whether you add it to your tea as an extract or in root powder form, ashwagandha will reduce your cortisol levels, improve your sleep, and keep your head clear so you can focus.
I found it stimulating for my own business, too; Goddess Ashwagandha is the name of a luminous shade designed in collaboration with Lisa Marie Holmes. It’s the perfect neutral–inspired by the calm and clarity of ashwagandha itself.
This supplement is fantastic for making your skin, hair, and nails strong and vibrant. It can even help relieve joint pain.
I love it because it helps me feel more youthful and have more energy to pour into the important things (like playing with my son and perfecting my new season paint palettes!)
You can add a flavorless version to your hot drinks, but it’s also easy to find some that are vanilla-flavored for extra yumminess. My personal favorite is from Vital Proteins.
Lighter teas for a gentler boost
Some days, even dairy-free milks are too much. When I need a warm cup of goodness without any extra heaviness, I turn to these delightful caffeine-free herbal teas.
Joyous Detox Tea by Joyous Health
Full of antioxidants and activating ingredients like dandelion and elderberry, this heavenly tea is great at removing all the junk from my system and leaves me feeling fresh and ready to face the day.
Medicinal Tisanes by Lisa Marie Holmes
Not only does Lisa Marie Holmes come up with gorgeous hues for Fusion Mineral Paint, she is a certified herbalist who creates custom herbal teas for her charmed clients. Her blends always make me feel healthier, happier, and transformed.
All this tea talk is reminding me that I haven’t had nearly enough today. Pardon me while I go fix myself a warm cup of pure happiness.
Which one do you think you’ll try first? Leave a comment and let me know!