By: VTC's Wellness Team
KETO PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Nothing conjures the feelings of fall like the seasonal drink favorite of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. With notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, one can't deny the pull to cozy up with a steamy hot cup as the leaves fall. Unfortunately, the standard coffee shop varieties can include up to 64g of sugar. Does this mean that we must forgo this delicious fall staple...our Keto variety will have you believing otherwise!
While our favorite coffee shops serve up some of the most delicious coffee creations, the added sugars wreak havoc on our energy, focus and bodies. By making a few ingredient tweaks, not only do we remove all that troublesome sugar, but we incorporate some health inspiring ingredients as well.
NUTRIENT PACKED INGREDIENTS
COFFEE. The energy producing effects of coffee are well known, but coffee has many additional benefits, including but not limited to: being a great source of antioxidants and essential nutrients (riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese and potassium, magnesium and niacin), boosts fat burning and metabolic rate, reduces risk of Type 2 Diabetes and may lower risk of cancer [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
PUMPKIN. With an impressive nutrient profile that showcases high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, it isn't surprising that pumpkin supports both brain and vision functions. These power antioxidants also may reduce risk of disease and boost immunity. [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]
CINNAMON. This spice is not only a highly delicious spice but also is rich in powerful, medicinal properties. Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, its properties protect the body from damaging free radicals and inflammation. Studies have also linked cinnamon to reduced heart disease risk through reduction in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as increased sensitivity to hormone insulin, lowered blood sugar levels, and many other health benefits [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19].
GRASS-FED UNSALTED BUTTER OR GHEE. Gone are the days of eating low fat diets. Increasing numbers of scientific studies link the benefits of unsaturated fatty acids to reduced risk of heart disease. Grass-fed butter varieties have been shown to hold a higher nutritional content due to the dairy cows themselves consuming a healthier diet. Compared to regular butter, they are richer in vitamin A, K2 and healthy fats such as omega-3s and CLA [20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25].
VTC C8 MCT OIL. A medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) is extracted from coconut and palm kernel. This super fat provides quick, stable energy to the brain and body, promotes healthy weight loss, boosts gut and immune health, as well as supports healthy cholesterol [26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31]
KETO PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Start to Finish: 5 minutes
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee
- 1 tbsp. VTC C8 MCT Oil
- 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter or ghee
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: Stevia to taste
- Optional: Raw whipped cream of choice
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. A hand blender or frother may also be used.
- Pour into a microwave safe mug and heat to your desired temperature.
- Top with whipped cream and/or pumpkin spice.
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