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Why You Should Drink Matcha

Benefits of Matcha + My Homemade Recipe

I can’t believe how many of you requested this matcha recipe – it might be one of my most highly requested posts aside from Whole 30 related things.. I love sharing about healthy living and wellness with you guys, so this matcha recipe is really no exception there!

I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker – I more grab a cup or two casually when I want something warm or am just craving the taste. But I’m not the girl who runs on coffee. Food is my fuel, and I incorporate a lot of natural energy foods and supplements into my routine so I don’t have to deal with the caffeine crash associated with the coffee. My body doesn’t react/respond well to coffee in general so I try to drink it sparingly. (I get jittery, digestive problems, and feel a major caffeine crash).

I am a huge tea drinker and as of late have been really into matcha. I’ve gotten the matcha at Starbucks before and matcha from other coffee shops and was never really into it! For one, Starbucks NEVER blends theirs up, so you just have a grande drink of gritty nothing. It’s also way too sweet for my liking. Thumbs down for me on that one..

After following a few girls who are super into matcha (namely Abigail Green), I decided I needed to try it for myself.. and with a good quality matcha. That’s what makes all the difference!

 

 The matcha powder I use (myencha) only requires a tsp. for an entire cup of matcha – so much different than the massive serving dumped into milk at Starbucks. You can 100% taste the difference – and given that, I’m so glad I gave matcha a fair chance. Coupled with the reasons why I don’t gulp down coffee like it’s my job + maintaining healthy eating habits, I knew I wanted to start incorporating matcha in my daily routine to support my body.

I kind of knew the health benefits of matcha, but not REALLY.. so took a little deep dive into them and realized- whoa, I need this stuff majorly. There’s lots of benefits to drinking matcha, but two of the main ones are:

1.  Zenergy from theanine + caffeine

Theanine is mentally calming and the caffeine content in matcha is moderate. These two combined mean that you’ll have clearer mental focus without the jitters, and a longer mental focus without the crash. Coffee doesn’t contain theanine, so it’s just giving you a massive caffeine boost with nothing to balance it out.

2. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory support from catechins

Catechins are a powerful antioxidant and are contained in green tea leaves. You’ll see a noticeable difference in your skin/complexion, boost in your metabolism, and a stronger immune system thanks to the antioxidizing power of catechins!

More info on matcha benefits here.

MATCHA RECIPE

1 scoop myencha ceremonial grade matcha powder

1 cup homemade almond milk, warmed
(you can use store bought but I don’t buy it from the store anymore after making my own!)

1 cup hot water

1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen

2 tbsp coconut butter
(not to be confused with coconut oil)

1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oil

 

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 2-3 minutes. The longer you blend, the more frothy it is! Drink hot + enjoy 🙂 

I’ve been drinking matcha every morning for three weeks now, and on the mornings that I didn’t, I 100% noticed the difference. On my recent trip to Charleston/Florida, I didn’t have it for a week and found myself craving my morning matcha so much! I struggle in the winter with SAD (particularly from January through April) so I try to do everything possible to combat the lull in energy, motivation, creativity, and focus that that brings. Matcha has definitely helped, even just the urge to get out of bed in the morning and make my cup.. because yes, I totally struggle even just getting up some mornings..

You can shop all the ingredients to make my matcha recipe below.

8 Comments

  1. Merritt Beck said:
    2.21.18

    Wow, definitely want to try your homemade recipe!! Thanks for sharing:)
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

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  2. 2.22.18

    I need to try matcha!! I love that vital proteins though…drinking it right now 🙂 XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  3. Meghan said:
    2.22.18

    Can’t wait to try this! I’m allergic to almonds. Any suggestions for a replacement? Maybe just regular milk or coconut milk?

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    • 2.26.18

      You can do any milk really! Coconut milk would be a good one!

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      • Meghan said:
        2.28.18

        I was thinking that too! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

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  4. Rebecca Varholak said:
    2.28.18

    Possible to skip the vital protein? Could something else be substituted?

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    • 3.1.18

      You don’t have to do the peptides! I do because of all the health benefits, but it would taste the same without them (they have no flavor.)

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      • Rebecca said:
        3.2.18

        Good morning…I know I asked about the peptides, and I think I am going to give them a try….but could you tell me the purpose of the coconut butter? I made it today without both (because I don’t have yet) and it was really great, the cinnamon EO was a perfect addition! Have enjoyed following your posts, saw you on Better CT! An inspiration, thank you ❤ came at a time when I needed some!!

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