Until very recently I was one of those people who’s day didn’t begin until I had consumed a cup (or two) of coffee. I loved coffee, and still do, but after drinking cup after cup (can you say 'hello, jitters?') I started to notice my body didn’t love it as much as I thought it did. The realization came when I did my YTT in India and had limited access to coffee (+ a million other things). After returning home to the states I tried to keep up the new habit but with a Starbucks on every street corner, let’s face it; it didn’t last long. At all.
Then, this thing happened. I woke up. Literally. I woke up one morning and decided I was going to have matcha instead of coffee and OH. MY. GOSH. has my body been loving it! I could go on and on about the benefits of switching from coffee to matcha but that’s a whole other blog post. Instead I’m here to share with you my Morning Matcha recipe; what goes in it and WHY!
Ingredients + Why They're AMAZING
- 1 cup of your preferred type of milk - I usually use Almond. Most of the time my matcha lattes are iced, but if you prefer yours hot simply heat the milk before blending.
- 1 tsp of organic matcha powder. I use Mighty Leaf Organic Matcha. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants including Catechin, a special antioxidant know for its cancer fighting properties. The best thing about matcha is you still get the energy boost you're looking for with out the jitters and crash at the end. Ah. Love.
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp or ground Turmeric. Turmeric has endless health benefits such as being a natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, good for the skin, and anti-caner affects. If you can throw in a dash of pepper its even better! it will help slow down the digestion of the turmeric increasing the bioavailability.
- 1 tbsp Coconut Butter. Holy cow does this one have a load of benefits as well. Its a healthy fat, which means it helps keep you full longer and can even aid in weight loss. It also contains lauric acid, known to help boost immunity and fight viruses.
- 1 tbsp Neem Honey. Neem Honey is made form bees pollinating the Neem flowers in India. It is know for all kinds of health benefits including antibacterial properties and digestive health. I use Heavenly Organics, i find it at Sprouts.
- Dried Lavender flower. This is my favorite ingredient. Not because of any special health benefit but just because I love lavender. But its also known to promote calm and stress relief. Win win!