• Kassie

The New Coffee

Updated: Jun 10, 2018



So what is this pasty green drink all about? Why are people choosing matcha over coffee? Well, I hope to convince you that it is worth, at the very least, trying! The flavor is pretty earthy and takes some getting used to. But, if you’re a tea-drinker it will probably grow on you fast. Matcha is essentially ground up green tea leaves. However, there are more benefits to drinking matcha than plain green tea. With matcha, you are actually consuming the leaves, not just drinking water infused by leaves. I promise if you switch out your morning coffee for a matcha, you won’t be missing out!

I’ve been drinking matcha for about two years now and can speak to it's noticeable benefits. I have prolonged energy in comparison to when I drink coffee. Energy from matcha usually lasts about 6 hours for me, sometimes longer. It does have caffeine, but the effects of matcha are much smoother; it does not increase your heart rate and give you the jitters like coffee. Coffee is hard on your adrenals and can lead to fatigue. Matcha keeps the body alert but calm. It helps the body relax without causing drowsiness because of the natural substance “L - Theanine”. I used to get really anxious before going to my 8 a.m. college classes, either from lack of sleep or stress, but when I started to drink matcha, I noticed my nerves settle down. Matcha also helps your body burn calories faster and boosts metabolism, it helps your body detoxify from it's high amounts of chlorophyll, and it lowers bad cholesterol. It has 137 times more antioxidants than green tea and 17 times more than blueberries. These antioxidants help prevent skin blemishes and UV damage, as well as reducing scarring and redness. It has even been shown to slow or halt the growth of cancer cells. And there are even more benefits, but in order to prevent your boredom from kicking in (if it hasn't already), here is my matcha recipe!


Matcha:

1-1.5 tsp. of matcha powder (depending on desired strength)

1 C hot water

1 C milk of choice - warmed (I typically use cashew or coconut)

1 tsp. maca powder

1-2 scoops of collagen powder or beef gelatin (I’ve used the brands Great Lakes and Vital Proteins)

1 Tbsp. of honey or maple syrup

1 tsp. of cinnamon

Dash of cloves

Dash of nutmeg


Other add-in options:

1-2 Tbsp. coconut butter (in place of milk – it makes it plenty creamy!)

2 tsp coconut oil (it creates a lot of froth when blended)

1 Tbsp. of unsalted ghee butter

1 Tbsp. or less MCT Oil for energy and immune system health

Your choice of adaptogens (Maca, Ashwaganda, Moringa, Chaga, etc.)


Instructions:

1. Heat water to about 180 degrees and poor in a mug

2. Poor in all ingredients except matcha powder to the hot water

3. Mix with a frother (or in blender)

4. Heat milk on the stove or microwave

5. Poor milk in

6. Poor matcha powder in

7. Mix well either in a blender or with a frother

8. Enjoy your frothy, sweet cup of matcha!





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