First, to warn quickly, we in no way consider this delicious latte as a substitute for a well-balanced breakfast. We simply recommend a simple, dreamy-creamy way to get a little more nourishment out of your morning mug. Sounds good? Let’s get started.
The Healthy Happy Life recipe requires only three main ingredients: soy milk, espresso and crushed cinnamon. And thanks in particular to soy milk, this is a protein-filled morning drink that will give you an extra energy that black coffee never could. “Soy milk is super rich in protein,” says Melissa Bolona, RD, CNS, and CEO and founder of Beauty and the Broth. “A single cup of unsweetened soy milk contains about seven grams of protein.” By comparison, an egg contains about six grams of protein. “The protein in soy milk is also a plant-based protein that contains all nine essential amino acids. This means that it is considered a ‘complete’ source of protein versus an ‘incomplete’, which is quite rare for plant-based protein sources, “adds Bolona.
In addition to soy milk, the other ingredients in this latte – espresso and cinnamon – are also good for your body, says Bolona. “Cinnamon has been shown to help fight infections and suppress inflammatory mediators,” she notes. “Cinnamon bark also contains flavonoids procyanidins and catechins, both of which act as antioxidants and work to reduce damage from free radicals in the body. In addition, cinnamon aldehyde, a component of cinnamon, is responsible for its mild antimicrobial activity, ”notes Bolona. “Cinnamon oil has also been shown to help treat certain fungal infections as well as prevent bad breath.”
Then, of course, there are the benefits of espresso, a concentrated form of coffee. “Coffee has several health benefits,” Bolona explains. In addition to giving you caffeine, coffee is also a powerful antioxidant as it contains chlorogenic acids, ferulic acid, caffeic acid and n-coumaric acid, Bolona notes. “Moderate coffee consumption has been associated with lower risk of heart disease and stroke,” Bolona suggests. “This effect can be partly explained by the antagonistic effect of caffeine on adenosine receptors, leading to vasodilation and a slower heart rate.” In addition, coffee is a source of happiness-enhancing B vitamins, including vitamin B2 and riboflavin.
Of course, all the health benefits in the world would be for nothing if this recipe was anything but delicious. But luckily, this is an energy and mood-boosting drink that you will be happy to make again and again.
Check out the full cinnamon soy latte recipe from Happy Healthy Life below.
Protein-packed cinnamon soy latte recipe
10 ounces of soy milk
1 shot espresso
Coconut sugar, optional
1/4 teaspoon crushed cinnamon
1. Heat your milk until it is very hot. (You are welcome to use your microwave.)
2. Pour the hot milk into a blender. Set the blender to the lowest speed. Add cinnamon and coconut sugar to taste – a few teaspoons should do it (you can also use maple syrup, agave or honey). Blend for one minute on low, then thirty seconds on a higher speed. Turn off the blender and let the frothy milk sit there for at least a minute. This allows the foam to form at the top.
Add espresso to the empty mug that you used to heat the milk.
3. Slowly pour the milk over the espresso. Your milk may not fit all in the mug as it has risen in ‘size’ from the foam. You can scoop foam over the top or pour it extra into a side cup and add it after a few sips. Sprinkle coconut sugar over the top, if desired, for serving.
Oh hey! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts on groundbreaking wellness brands, and exclusive Well + Good content. Join Well +, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.