Make your own skinny latte—just the way you like it!

First For Women - - Nutrition -

1 START WITH COF­FEE

Brew 8 to 12 oz. of hot cof­fee (reg­u­lar or de­caf). If you’re not a fan of cof­fee, you can also use strongly fla­vored black or herbal tea. Many women like dan­de­lion tea (like Alvita Dan­de­lion Tea, $7 for 24 tea bags, Vi­ta­cost.com), a rich, nutty brew with liv­ernour­ish­ing com­pounds.

2 CHOOSE YOUR FATS

Most high-fat latte recipes be­gin with 1 Tbs. of co­conut oil and 1 Tbs. of grass­fed but­ter, but if you’re not a fan of co­conut oil’s trop­i­cal taste, try swap­ping in MCT oil, which has a more neu­tral fla­vor. Dairy sen­si­tive? Try ghee, a clar­i­fied but­ter that doesn’t con­tain belly­bloat­ing lac­tose or ca­sein.

3 MIX IN PRO­TEIN

Just 1 tsp. of col­la­gen pow­der de­liv­ers a dose of easyto-digest pro­tein pep­tides that help lower in­ter­nal in­flam­ma­tion so the brain can “hear” lep­tin’s sig­nals and re­cal­i­brate lev­els.

One we like: Re­serveage Nu­tri­tion Col­la­gen Re­plen­ish Pow­der ($16 for 30 serv­ings, Ama­zon.com).

4 ADD EX­TRA FLA­VOR

For a bit of sweet­ness, you can add 4 to 6 drops of liq­uid ste­via. You can also add your fa­vorite spice (cin­na­mon, turmeric, nut­meg, pump­kin pie spice and even chili pow­der are pop­u­lar picks) to give the brew a lit­tle kick and an ex­tra dose of en­er­giz­ing phy­tonu­tri­ents (see box be­low for de­li­cious ideas).

5 SHAKE WELL AND EN­JOY!

Just stir or shake un­til all the in­gre­di­ents are com­bined. Some women note that they don’t like see­ing oil droplets in the drink as they sip, so they prep their lat­tes in a travel mug that “hides” the tex­ture. It also keeps the drink hot on the go and makes it easy to shake up the bev­er­age to re­com­bine the in­gre­di­ents as needed. If the oil slick re­ally both­ers you, toss the in­gre­di­ents in a blender for 30 sec­onds or try a hand­held milk frother—the high speed cre­ates a creamy tex­ture and bub­bly foam.

Tip: If you pre­fer iced cof­fee, try to fa­vor liq­uid fats like MCT oil or heavy cream. Since they’re fluid at room tem­per­a­ture, they will blend more smoothly into a cold drink.

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