For many people, the ritual of a hot cup of coffee is the only thing that gets them out of bed in the morning. While coffee may have some benefits, it also can have detrimental side effects like acidity, dehydration, and potential to cause anxiety. We recognize the power of a warm, comforting mug in the morning, so we've created this immunity-boosting matcha latte to get you going without the negative side effects. It's also a wonderful healthy beverage to drink while participating in the 21-Day Clean Program, so stir it up and go!
MATCHA TEA WILL GIVE YOU SUSTAINED ENERGY
If you haven't heard of matcha yet, you're about to become addicted! Matcha is a concentrated form of green tea. Rather than simply soaking the leaf, the entire tea leaf is stone-ground into powder and consumed whole, so you get a more potent version of green tea. The list of benefits from drinking matcha tea is long. Matcha will give you the energy boost many seek from coffee, but because of the large concentration of antioxidants, the absorption of caffeine is slower so there's no crash. Coffee first thing in the morning can also contribute to adrenal fatigue, as our cortisol levels are naturally high in the morning and a huge, artificial energy boost from coffee is unnecessary and hard on the hormones that regulate our energy. If you do drink coffee, it's best to do so with a food and at least two hours after waking up.
MATCHA CAN HELP US LOSE WEIGHT
Our bodies have two types of fat: brown and white. White fat stores energy, and excessive white fat is linked to heart disease and other chronic illness. Brown fat burns energy, and individuals with higher metabolisms and lower BMI typically have more brown fat than those who are overweight or obese. One incredible ability of matcha tea is that it has been shown to activate brown fat cells which help keep your weight in check by increasing your caloric burn. One study showed that those who drink 1-3 servings of matcha tea per day weigh an average of 8 pounds less than non-drinkers. If you are looking for another matcha recipe, try our No-Bake Energy Balls!
SPICE TO IMPROVE IMMUNITY
While matcha on its own is a great immunity booster, we've added spices to double up on cold-fighting power. Both cinnamon and cardamom have antiviral and antifungal properties that assist the body in fighting infections. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, cardamom specifically is thought to stimulate our digestive cells responsible for immune response. Ginger is helpful in removing toxins from our system and is antimicrobial, meaning it can kill microorganisms (it's even been shown to effectively fight salmonella). If a head cold has already made its way into your system, ginger clears congestion so you can breathe freely again.
2 cups filtered water
1 small piece of ginger, peeled (about the size of your thumb)
1/2 teaspoon whole cardamom
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup coconut cream
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Pour water into small saucepan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, peeled ginger, and a pinch of sea salt to water.
Bring water to a boil over high heat. Immediately turn heat to low and cover. Simmer liquid for at least 15 minutes. Place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl. Strain liquid and discard ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. Pour liquid back into the saucepan.
Add matcha to water and using a matcha whisk, stir until fully combined and lump-free.
Add coconut cream, vanilla, and coconut palm sugar to matcha.
Note: If you do not have a matcha whisk, or if you prefer a frothy drink, after step three add all remaining ingredients the saucepan, heat through and then use a blender on low to combine.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.
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