For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know I've developed quite a ~thing~ for my morning matcha. A morning person at heart, the simple green tea quickly turned into a cozy ritual, one I wake up craving. Heating the water and milk, carefully portioning spoonfuls of matcha, maca and other yumminess into the blender, and finally snuggling up with the warm mug, all make for the perfect ease into whatever the day holds for me.
I like to drink matcha on an empty stomach, after drinking 16 oz. of room temp water and within 30 to 45 minutes of waking. It's the perfect time to reflect on what my day looks like and also gives me time to check into my body and see what kind of fuel and movement it needs for that day.
In addition to matcha powder (I use culinary grade, but make sure to always buy Japanese which is the purest quality)I'm currently adding some ingredients that might sound a little atypically tea-like. These are absolutely not necessary, I add them either because they give me a boost, add yummy taste and texture or I'm experimenting to see how they fit into my diet. I'll go into them in brief detail, but especially with adaptogens, this is where health and wellness becomes about you and how they make you feel. Yes, I love adding maca and collagen to my matchas, but that 100% doesn't mean that it's right for you, or that you should feel like you need eight ingredients in your latte. Do a little research, test it out (if you want) or go easy breezy with simply matcha in hot water. Listen to your bod. It'll tell you, promise.
Ashwagandha: an Ayurvedic herb, this adaptogen supports the immune system, boosts strength and calms stress and anxiety. I use Sun Potion's blend which you can order here.
Maca: made from a South American root, this ancient superfood has been used for thousands of years to increase energy, balance hormones and improve focus. It also adds a lovely & nutty depth of flavor to lattes and tonics. I've used Organic Burst's (order here) but Trader Joe's also just started carrying their own which I love as well.
Collagen Peptides: I've been torn about collagen for ~ages~ and finally decided to test it out. After hearing all of the claims for strong hair & skin & nails & bones, I've been using it for about 3 weeks and haven't noticed anything major yet (my nails are feeling very strong recently, though...). That said, I am going to give it more time and will keep you posted on the final verdict. It also makes lattes extra frothy and creamy. I'm currently using the OG, Vital Proteins which you can order here.
Raw Honey: high in antioxidants, antibacterial properties, immune boosters and even sleep promoters, I could go on and on about honey. It also doesn't hurt that it tastes incredible. I'm currently working on a 5 pound jar of local VT honey (and am making ~impressive~ progress). The biggest tip for honey is make sure to get raw and local! If you want to get fancy with your honey, check out Beekeeper's Naturals who have an incredible range of products and inspiring mission/founding principles.
Cinnamon: more commonly used than the others on this list, the actual medicinal benefits of cinnamon tend to go unnoticed. The sweet spice is high in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and can even combat high levels of blood sugar. Again, it also tastes amazing so is a pretty easy add to basically everything. No specific brands here, just make sure to get a high quality, pure cinnamon.
I use a blend of non-dairy milk and hot water, but that is also completely up to your preference. Recently, I've been swapping out almond milk for a tablespoon of coconut cream, which is absolutely lovely and deepens the matcha flavor. One note for hot water: you don't want to use boiling water on matcha. This will burn it, reducing the health benefits and leaving you with a bitter tasting matcha. After bringing water to a boil, let it sit for a minute or two before adding your tea.
Now, let's get matcha-ing!
Everyday Matcha Latte (serves one)
.75 c hot water (just below boiling)
.74 c unsweetened almond milk, warmed (or swap for 1 T coconut cream and increase water to 1.5 c)
1 t Japanese matcha
1 t maca powder
.5 t ashwagandha powder
.25 t cinnamon
1 t raw honey
1 scoop collagen peptides
1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until frothy and well combined. Pour into a mug and enjoy hot. Can also be made iced by simply using cold milk and water.
And that's it! If you test it out, I would love to see. Send me a message or tag me on IG and join me in my cozy morning matcha.