If you’re a morning exerciser, you already know that your morning workout can jump-start your energy for the day. However, sometimes that energy boost can leave you feeling slightly lethargic mid-morning. On top of that, muscle soreness tends to creep in later in the afternoon which can be a big struggle bus. Is there something we can consume post workout that can help boost energy and combat that afternoon soreness?
I’ve actually found that if I consume anti-inflammatory herbs after my morning workout, my afternoon soreness isn’t as awful. Then, I combine that with coffee for an even bigger boost of energy to get my morning off to a powerhouse start! Are you a morning exerciser that loves coffee? Then this recipe may be for you!
What makes this iced latte anti-inflammatory?
Turmeric is the bright yellowish-orange spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a great antioxidant, which makes it wonderful for post workout recovery!
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body and must be consumed with black pepper, in which the active ingredient is piperine. Piperine increases the absorption of curcumin in the body, which is why this recipe calls for pepper, an odd ingredient in coffee!
Curcumin is also fat soluble, which is why I added a bit of coconut oil!
Cinnamon is another anti-inflammatory herb that can help with that post-workout muscle swelling. It’s also an incredible antioxidant which helps protect the body from oxidative damage from free radicals, something that may be created in the body through exercise.
Another great thing about cinnamon? It helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body by decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It’s known to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract, helping to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day.
Not to mention that it tastes great with coffee!
- 1 cup room temperature or cold coffee
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1-2 Tbl maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 1 Tbl coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Few cubes ice
- Simmer almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, and coconut oil over low heat on the stove for 5 minutes. Once done simmering, remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Take freshly brewed coffee that has been brought to room temperature or cold-brewed coffee and pour into a glass.
- Pour almond milk mixture into coffee, only adding it to taste. I usually only use half of the milk mixture and save the other half for the next day.
- Flavor the drink with maple syrup or honey to taste, and add ice.
- Drink immediately! Take note of how the maple syrup brings out the taste of cinnamon in the coffee!
Now, don’t forget to actually eat a protein-packed breakfast afterward as well! Coffee will not sustain you! 🙂