Do you love the kick that caffeine delivers but hate that frazzled feeling? Oat milk to the rescue! The latest rage in nondairy milks is made from oats — which makes for a drink that’s rich, creamy and easily “frothable.” It's perfect for coffee and less jitter-inducing but equally delicious drinks like chai and matcha.
How Oat Milk Boosts Your Bliss
One cup of oat milk delivers roughly 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12. And a recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders shows that high levels of B12 support healthy nerve and brain function and decrease the risk of stress and blue moods by up to 300 percent.
Boosts happy hormones
Enjoying a creamy oat milk refresher can have you feeling sunnier in as little as 20 minutes. That’s because manganese, a compound found in this creamy drink, optimizes the thyroid gland’s output of mood-boosting hormones, say researchers at the Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood.
Dials down anxiety
Powerful compounds (beta glucans and saponins) found in oat milk kickstart the production of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter that quiets a hyper brain. Canadian researchers say that enjoying just one of these creamy sips daily can help cut your risk of overactive brain drain — and restless sleep — by 50 percent in one week.
The curcumin in turmeric reduces joint inflammation and pain.
11/2 cups oat milk
1 chai tea bag
1 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. honey
Simmer 1 cup oat milk with last 3 ingredients 5 min.; chill. Strain into ice-filled glass; top with remaining oat milk.
Matcha-Green Tea Teaser
The catechins in matcha strengthen the immune system.
11/2 cups oat milk
1 tsp. matcha powder
1 green tea bag
2 tsp. agave syrup
Whisk 1 cup oat milk and matcha over medium heat until dissolved. Add tea and agave. Simmer 5 min.; chill. Strain into ice-filled glass. Whisk remaining milk until frothy; pour over drink.
Mocha-Oat Milk Magic
The polyphenols in coffee optimize liver function to speed detox
1/2 cup espresso or
strong brewed coffee
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. sugar
1⁄4 tsp. vanilla extract
11⁄2 cups oat milk
In tall glass, combine first 4 ingredients. Fill glass with ice and top with oat milk.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.