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Matcha Latte and It's Benefits

dairy free drinks Feb 24, 2018

I've been sharing and post pictures on my matcha latte for well over a month now so I'm excited to finally share the official recipe and benefits in a blog post with you. 

This crazy green drink has become a favorite part of my routine. The contents of matcha provide me with incredible energy levels without the crash that other forms of caffeine bring (sugary coffee, energy drinks, etc).

And it has has the most wonderful taste I never expected to enjoy as much as I do my morning coffee.....but I do! 

I alternative between this and my bulletproof coffee as a part of my morning routine.  

If you don't wake up a few minutes early for a morning routine, I highly suggest you do! Getting out of bed on my terms to fuel my mind and body well before the chaos of the day begins is truly what sets the rest of my hours up for success. 

Health Benefits of Matcha Latte

1. Stress Management

Maca is a root vegetable that is high in antioxidants and nutrients, such as vitamin C, copper and iron. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years and has been shown to enhance sexual health and libido; improve energy, mood and memory; and balance hormone levels.

It is considered an adaptogen, meaning it supports the body in managing stress. 

2. Brain Function

Coconut oil provides MCTs that boost brain function, energy levels and overall focus. They are a source of healthy fats and have been shown to support a healthy gut microbiome. 

Having a healthy gut is directly tied to mood, sugar cravings, brain function, immunity and more. 

The healthy fats of coconut oil also help coat joints and hydrate your body from the inside out. I haven't had any of my normal dry skin issues this year, despite living in the high-desert where the climate is extremely dry. 

3. Stable Energy

Matcha's caffeine level falls in between a cup of green tea and coffee. However, as it contains tannins, the energy affects of the caffeine are slowly released into the body, rather than giving you a quick spike of energy followed by a crash. 

The tannins help stabilize your blood sugars and provide steady energy levels throughout your day. 

If you're sensitive to caffeine, matcha is a great alternative to coffee. You can also make my protein mocha to counteract the effects of caffeine in coffee. 

4. Hormone Balancing

Matcha helps reduce stress on the adrenal glands and lower cortisol in the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone that increases in the body as you experience stress in various forms. When that gets out of check, a plethora of minor to serious health issues ensue. 

Additionally, matcha has been shown to help manage and balance estrogen in the body. Low estrogen is associated with worsening symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness, night sweats and mood swings. High estrogen can be dangerous for certain types of breast cancer. 

5. Antioxidants

Maybe you've seen this word thrown around and have no idea what it means, so let me tell you why they are important!

Antioxidants protect the body from free radical damage. Many experts believe cancer and atherosclerosis stems from free radical damage in the blood vessels and other parts of the body. 

With matcha containing 10x the antioxidants of a regular cup of green tea, you are getting a superload of them in this drink. 

6. Joint, Hair, Skin and Gut Health

If there is one food I don't neglect consuming each day it's my collage peptides. They are extremely bioavailable in providing the body with proteins it uses to build healthy tissues, ligaments, skin, hair and gut health. 

They are tasteless and provide a wonderful frothiness to my morning drinks and smoothies! 

Read more about collagen peptides here >>

Matcha Latte

1 cup hot water (not quite boiling)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp maca root powder
1/2 cup homemade cashew milk (nut milk of choice)
1 T coconut oil or coconut butter
1 scoop Collagen Peptides

Blend in a high-powered blender for 1 minute.

Serve by sprinkling with cinnamon and swirling it into the drink. Cinnamon helps naturally satisfy a sweet tooth :)

Matcha on!