DREAMY BEDTIME LATTE

 
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When we think of foamy lattes we usually think of having them in the morning or in the afternoon for a pick me up. What about in the evening to wind down and relax? Of course, like most of my "latte" recipes, this one doesn't have coffee as an ingredient. Mostly because I don't like the taste of coffee although I do enjoy the wonderful aroma!

The aroma and taste of these herbs usually help me relax after a busy day where I know I'll be in need of a deep sleep. It also tastes amazing. Don't take my word for it though, try it and let me know what you think! I used three herbs here that are known to help promote relaxation and a good night sleep: lavender, chamomile, and valerian root.  Each one has a different floral flavor that when combined makes a truly unique blend. Mixing this brew with some foamy nondairy milk, and a little sweetener will make this latte extra special. Drink about 1 to 2 hours before bed to ensure you don't have to wake up in the middle of the night!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp of dried lavender flowers

  • 1 tsp of dried chamomile flowers

  • 1/2 tsp of dried valerian root

  • 1/2 cup of water (to be heated)

  • 3/4 cup of plain nondairy milk (soy or almond go really well here)

  • 1 tsp of raw honey (sub in 1/2 tbs of raw coconut sugar if you don't want honey)

  1. Heat water in a small pot. Remove from heat just before boiling and let all dried herbs steep for 5 to 10 minutes

  2. In a separate pot, gently heat nondairy milk until foam starts to appear. Do not boil. Remove from heat.

  3. Strain the liquid from the steeped herbal tea and combine with milk and sweetener of choice.

  4. Optional: Before serving blend in a high-speed blender on a medium-low setting letting the steam escape. This will ensure extra thick foam if you're in the mood for something extra special. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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