- Jenna Martin
Craving iced lattes a little more than usual now that it’s Spring...
But wishing you had a healthier alternative?
We have fantastic news for you: we’re about to teach you how to make an iced latte at home that you’ll absolutely love...with SUTRA! Because these coffee drinks are made with SUTRA (a healthy coffee alternative that gives you a BOOST of energy without the negative side effects of caffeine), you can have a delicious chai or mocha iced latte without sacrificing your health.
That espresso we love doesn’t love us back... and who wants to be in a relationship like that? Here are a few reasons why drinking caffeinated beverages is harmful to our health.
The first reason is the insomnia and restlessness that espresso drinks can go hand in hand with. Think about it--when do we usually reach for an iced coffee drink? The hottest part of the day, or around 1 to 2pm, right? Studies have actually shown that people who drink coffee an entire six hours before bedtime lose an average of about an hour of sleep. That’s a lot!
Another reason is the process of caffeine fatigue that wears our bodies out over time the longer we consistently consume coffee drinks. This is caused by adenosine receptors getting blocked by caffeine so that adenosine can’t bind to them--normally, this binding is what causes us to get sleepy. But all that adenosine hangs around until the caffeine wears off and then comes back with a vengeance. The longer we turn to caffeine rather than sleep, the more fatigued we naturally feel before coffee time.
A third reason we shouldn’t be having caffeinated beverages is because our coffee might be toxic--even cancer-causing! A judge in California ruled that Starbucks and other coffee shops should now have to post warning labels because of an ingredient in coffee beans called acrylamide. This is a carcinogenic chemical produced in the roasting process. The kicker is that it is impossible to remove the acrylamide without ruining the flavor.
Sugar, we’re going down!
Another not-so-fun fact about the iced latte you’ll get from that coffee shop on the corner is that, unless you get the plain iced latte (just milk and espresso) it will be loaded up with sugar. This blog post goes deeper into how much sugar is in each one--even the “light” Starbs drinks have at least 20g of sugar. If you tend to go the frappuccino route, you’re looking at closer to 64 grams (equivilant to SEVEN doughnuts).
I wish I could tell you that the sugar-free drinks are any better, but in some ways they’re actually worse. Most sugar-free coffee syrup is made with sucralose, or Splenda. Splenda can do a lot of damage, including decreasing our good gut bacteria, limiting the absorption of therapeutic drugs, and contributing to inflammatory bowel disease and even gene alteration.
What’s the alternative?
It’s easy--rather than loading up with caffeine and sugar at a coffee shop, try whipping up a delicious, superfood-filled SUTRA iced latte.
Whether you’re a mocha fanatic or a chai connoisseur, you’re bound to find your new obsession below!
Without further ado...
In each of the three recipes below, you’ll see that one of the ingredients is “SUTRA concentrate.” Here’s how to make it!
1 packet of SUTRA
½ cup of boiling water
Mix the SUTRA into the water until it’s dissolved.
Pretty easy, right? And now you can make an iced latte at home! Here’s how.
1 serving of SUTRA Black concentrate
½ cup of nut milk
A scoop of ice
Optional: Vanilla for extra sweetening
Optional: an additional ½ cup of milk to make foam for topping
Combine your SUTRA concentrate, milk, and vanilla (if using)
Optional: Blend it in a blender for around 30 seconds. This will combine everything together really well and make it foamy.
If you chose not to use a blender, just pour everything in a tall glass and mix well.
Optional: make it an iced cappuccino!
Heat up the additional milk over the stove or in the microwave
Using a milk frother, whip up the milk for about 20 seconds or so
Using a spoon, take the fluffiest part of the foam and plop it onto your iced latte
1 serving of SUTRA Gold concentrate
½ cup of coconut milk
A scoop of ice
Pinch of cinnamon for topping
Optional: Vanilla for extra sweetening
Combine the SUTRA Gold concentrate, coconut milk, and vanilla (if using).
Optional: Blend everything in a blender to really combine it well and make it foamy. Otherwise, just mix it in a tall glass.
Optional: Add some foam--see the mocha latte recipe above for details!
Top it off with a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy!
Combine the SUTRA Gold concentrate, coconut milk, and vanilla (if using), in a tall mug.
Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds or until it’s just about to boil.
Using a milk frother, froth up the mixture until it gets thick and foamy.
Optional: See the mocha latte recipe above for details on how to get even more foam and make it a cappuccino!
Optional: Top it off with our coconut whipped cream recipe from the blog!
Throw in a cinnamon stick or sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy. :)
1 serving SUTRA Black concentrate
½ cup nut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cacao powder (you can use some as a topping!)
Sprinkle of Stevia
Optional: Coconut whipped cream for topping (recipe on the blog)
Throw everything in a blender and blend, blend, blend until the ice shards are gone
Pour into a glass and top it off with the optional coconut whipped cream
Sprinkle on a little more cacao powder and enjoy.
Mint in SUTRA Black drinks, for a mint-chocolate taste
Again, for a SUTRA Black drink, a dash of hazelnut oil. Antioxidants galore!
Cardamom for an exotic taste
An extra dash of cinnamon for even more flavor and nutrients
Peppermint oil for holiday flavor and bonus benefits
Cayenne--for the brave souls!
One final sprinkling or drop of Stevia
As we jump into spring, it totally makes sense to crave delicious iced drinks. Why not make an iced latte at home and make it chock full of superfoods? Try one of the recipes above today!
Want to try the magic blends that we've beenr aving about? Get energy boosting benefits without the negative effects of caffeine. Try our healthy SUTRA's below!
SUTRA Black is a delicious activated charcoal detox drink that boosts energy naturally through the use of healing superfoods, without negative effects of caffeine and tastes like a smooth and flavorful hot cocoa. It's the perfect way to start each day or use as an afternoon pick-me-up. Add this delicious wellness superfood to your daily routine in place of coffee or to lessen your daily intake of caffeine.
It contains cacao for natural energy, activated charcoal for a deep detox, reishi for increased memory function, coconut milk for gut health, cinnamon/cayenne for a metabolism boost, vanilla/stevia for a touch of sweetness.
Our SUTRA Gold is a delicious antioxidant rich golden milk that boosts your energy naturally through the use of healing superfoods without the negative effects of caffeine. In fact it tastes like a smooth and flavorful chai latte. It’s the perfect way to start each day or use as an afternoon pick-me-up. Add this delicious wellness superfood to your daily routine in place of coffee or to lessen your daily intake of caffeine.
We combined inflammation fighting turmeric, energy-boosting maca powder, soothing ginger, gut-healing coconut milk, cinnamon /black pepper for a metabolism boost, and vanilla/ stevia for a touch of sweetness.
I’m a college lifestyle blogger on a mission to inspire other college kids to seek out adventure and live healthy, positive lives. Ever since about tenth grade I’ve been obsessed with all things health and fitness, and I love teaching what I’ve learned. In my free time you’ll probably find me writing, lifting, or doting on my handsome cat. Click here if you want to know more!