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