Ayurvedic Latte - You Will Not Miss Caffeine!



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Most of us have experienced the stimulating and addictive nature of caffeine. But for every high there is a corresponding low and sense of depletion.

Coffee increases vata and pitta doshas. The increase in vata overstimulates the nerves which causes anxiety. An excess of pitta creates more heat in the body, and increases acidity.

Together, excess pitta (heat) and vata (wind) leads to significant internal dryness and a lazy colon. That’s right, the colon begins to depend on the caffeine to function. Often, when people quit caffeine they become constipated for some time. But with proper hydration and lubrication (using ghee, and cooking with enough water are important), the colon will restore its natural function.

Here is a very nice alternative to caffeinated beverages: an Ayurvedic latte with roasted barley and chicory powder.

Chicory powder is quite bitter which will aggravate vata dosha if you consume a lot of it, so to bring balance we have added roasted barley along with ghee, milk and maple syrup.

Ayurvedic Latte

Serves: 1
Preparation time: 5 minutes
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You'll need

  • 1 tsp ghee

  • Pinch cinnamon

  • Pinch cardamom

  • 1 tbsp carob powder

  • 1-2 tsp of barley and chicory combo such as Roasted Pero

  • 1 cup whole organic non homogenised milk (raw milk is best if available)

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 tsp maple syrup


Here's how

  1. Heat the ghee in a small saucepan and add the cinnamon, cardamom and carob.

  2. Pour in the milk and the boiling water.

  3. Mix in the barley and chicory combo.

  4. Stir in the maple syrup and gently heat to keep warm but do not boil.

  5. Let it cool and enjoy.


Tips

Try it with freshly made coconut milk for a Coconut Latte twist in a warm summer or tropical environment!


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