You know matcha has reached its peak
popularity when it's on the menu at Starbucks. Maybe that's
why wellness influencers are on the hunt for a new, even-better-for-you
beverage. Well, the search may be over. Blue
lattes-yep, blue-are beginning to emerge as the latest "it"
According to The Guardian, a small coffee
shop in Melbourne, Matcha Mylkbar, created the
concoction, combining coconut milk, agave, lemon, ginger, and blue algae powder. If you're scratching your
head wondering why people would line up out the door for something that
doesn't have any caffeine in it (can it still
technically be called a latte?!), it's all because of the blue algae
Closely related to spirulina, blue algae is crazy packed with
nutrients (no really, it has over 65 of 'em), is full of antioxidants,
and is anti-inflammatory. Okay, ready for the bad news? The powder the
Australian cafe is using isn't available here in the US, so in the
meantime, you'll have to head to Juice Generation for the next best
thing: blue majik (an extract of spirulina).
Blue algae aside, this new "latte" is still one seriously healthy
drink. Coconut milk has healthy
fats, agave is absorbed more
slowly than sugar (so you don't get a crazed rush), ginger boosts immunity, and
lemons are loaded with vitamin C.
We do love a sippable superfood, so we'll be
watching to see if blue algae lattes (and their crazy color) are spotted
soon in places where you'd get your matcha-or all over Instagram.