Need something more exciting than a cup of tea, and coffee just isn’t hitting the spot? Espresso bars and tea houses are upping the ante when it comes to hot beverages, with a colourful array of offerings hitting the table. Steaming glasses of bright magentas, beaming golds and gleaming greens are the latest trend in hot beverages, and not only do they look utterly delicious, they are loaded with healthy benefits to boot. Check out some of the Sunshine Coast’s best healthy hotties. Silva Spoon, Cotton Tree

London Fog - Silva Spoon@lady.gourmet

London fog latte: earl grey tea and lavender, frothed on milk. This one is my ultimate indulgence, delicate and sweet in flavour. Lavender is also used to relieve stress, improve mood and promote restful sleep. See also: Crème brûlée chai latte: a blend of Indian black and African red teas with coconut and banana, and chai spices. Frothed on almond or soy milk. Truffle latte: black tea blended with candied macadamia nuts, cocoa and which chocolate, frothed on macadamia milk. The Velo Project, Mooloolaba

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Golden goose latte: turmeric, ginger and honey brewed on coconut milk. Touted as the ultimate alternative to a caffeinated  drink. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. See also: The pink flamingo: strawberry, beetroot, orange and hibiscus blended on milk. Matcha green tea latte: matcha powder brewed on milk. CK Wholefoods, Mooloolaba

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Dandy latte: 100 per cent organic roasted dandelion root, steamed with milk. Choose this for a post-Saturday-morning-yoga treat. Dandelion helps reduce water weight and may soothe digestive ailments, among other health benefits. See also: Swoon tea latte: a blend of rosehip, hibiscus, strawberry, beetroot, apple and orange peel. Turmeric latte: organic turmeric powder, black pepper, cinnamon, pure Canadian maple, steamed with fresh house-made cashew milk. New Earth Cafe, Coolum Beach


Peppermint hot chocolate: coconut or almond milk, raw cacao, agave, peppermint. Ideal for a not-so-naughty sweet treat. Peppermint improves digestion, reduces pain, eliminates inflammation, relaxes the body and mind, aids in weight loss and boosts the immune system. See also: Hot choc ginger: coconut or almond milk, raw cacao, agave, ginger. Hot choc chilli: coconut or almond milk, raw cacao, agave, cayenne pepper.]]>