Shoutout to Shelby Tsika for these amazing photos!
I'm not really a coffee gal. Not because I don't like coffee. I truly enjoy the aroma, taste and experience coffee provides, but I'm ridiculously sensitive to caffeine. Coffee gives me the jitters and no matter how early in the morning I consume it, I'll struggle falling asleep that night. I usually drink warm water with lemon in the mornings until I wanted to start incorporating collagen peptides into my diet. It's crazy easy to put a tablespoon of collagen peptides into your warm cup of coffee, but I didn't like how it changed the smell (not the taste) of my warm lemon water. I wanted something warm that I could add it to in the mornings.
Unless you live under a social media rock, you've probably heard the buzz about matcha, but what the heck is it? Matcha is the entire green tea leaf ground to a fine powder so it's much more nutrient dense than standard green tea that you steep in a cup of warm water. Matcha does contain subtle caffeine, but it's also high in antioxidants (catechins) and amino acids. L-theanine is the most prevalent amino acid which is known to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. This creates a calm, yet sustained energy and focus without jitters or crashing because L-theanine increases serotonin, dopamine, GABA and glycine levels in the brain. But my favorite part about making matcha is the ritual behind it.
Sure, you can throw the powders and warm liquids into a blender and you'll have a matcha latte in a few seconds, but matcha is derived from a traditional Chinese and Japanese tea ceremony that embodies a meditative spiritual style. The entire process of making matcha is very therapeutic and I respect and wholeheartedly value the ritual surrounding the simple task of making tea. Being present can turn this simple task into satisfying moments filled with passion and focus. Sometimes, this might be the only 5 minutes of calm you experience all day. Relish this ritual.
The process of making matcha has been inspired by multiple people. When I first began this journey, I followed this recipe by Nutrition Stripped (one of my favorite cookbooks). Then I incorporated this recipe by Lee Tilghman (if you're not following her on social media, stop what you're doing right now and go follow her here). After playing around with it, I've created a recipe that works best for me! I want to encourage you to try this recipe and then play around with it until you find what works best for you!
1 cup almost boiling (around 170 degrees Fahrenheit) water
1/2 cup MALK Organic's Maple Pecan Malk
1 teaspoon Encha Latte-Grade Pure Organic Matcha
1 teaspoon Moon Juice Power Dust or adaptogens of your choice
1 tablespoon raw local honey — I get my honey here!
1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 teaspoon Bulletproof Brain Octane (MCT oil)
1 teaspoon 4th & Heart Ghee Butter
1/2 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
WHAT TO DO:
1. Sift 1 teaspoon of ceremonial-grade matcha into a wide bowl using a small sifter. Add the brain and power dusts.
2. Add a small amount of near-boiling water to the powders and using a bamboo whisk, whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion to make a thick paste. Don't swirl.
3. Warm the almond milk and honey on the stove or in a frother and then add that to the paste as well. Whisk! Whisk! Whisk!
4. Add the collagen, MCT oil and ghee butter to a blender. Pour the matcha into the blender and blend on high for 2 minutes to allow the ghee to melt. This also creates that nice little frothy layer on top!
5. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle as much cinnamon as you want on top! That's my favorite part. You know, besides drinking it.
My favorite mug is from A Question of Eagles!
I have loved seeing your bombproof matcha latte creations on Instagram! Here are some more that me and others have shared: