I have a tradition in the afternoon, when my babies are (hopefully!) sleeping to have a little chocolate + matcha break. It’s a ritual I love and crave, it’s a little moment of peace just for me! Although my 3 year old daughter now knows where my special chocolate stash is. 😭
Many of you know that I don’t drink caffeine (from coffee) daily and haven’t for about 4+ years now! I have SO much more energy now that I focused on truly healing my adrenals. Caffeine is sadly liquid stress on the body and actually can make you more exhausted until true healing can take place.
Why is matcha a ‘different’ form of caffeine?
Matcha still contains caffeine (about 50% less than a cup of coffee) but it is a slow burning source of caffeine that does not spike blood sugar and cortisol the same way that coffee! It is way more gentle on your adrenals and hormones and won’t leave you dependent!
I enjoy it occasionally when I want a treat or when I need just a bit of energy or motivation. I still don’t drink matcha daily because I know my adrenals need all the help they can get!
The effects of matcha are slower, more gentle and longer lasting than the sharp hit and then crash of a cup of coffee. L-Theanine, an amino acid, slows the release of caffeine and has a calming, relaxing effect, so you get a stable boost of energy and mental clarity!
Benefits of matcha
Matcha is a powerful antioxidant with 3 times the antioxidants of green tee. With matcha you are consuming the whole plant, versus just steeping the leaves in a regular cup of tea, so there are so many more nutrients!
Matcha is less acidic than coffee, it has a balanced pH, so it is also more gentle on your digestion.
Matcha Ninja is my favorite matcha by far. It doesn’t takes like grass like some matcha’s do—it has such a smooth taste and blends SO easily, no clumps! I love this explanation of their process of growing and making matcha and why its different.
How I enjoy my matcha
I love it iced and super creamy with a splash of vanilla! The vanilla extract makes the drink taste sweeter without any added sugars. The hand frother is a must as it blends it together so nicely and easily.
My favorite milks to add…
- Milkadamia unsweetened vanilla
- Three Trees pistachio or vanilla almond milk
- Malk unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- splash of grass-fed heavy cream
Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte
- 1/2 tsp matcha*
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 3/4 cups milk of choice
- 1/2-1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional, personally I skip it)
- splash of pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 handfuls of ice
*this really depends on how much caffeine you want. Sometimes I do less than 1/2 tsp, sometimes I do a bit more.
- Add matcha, water and sweetener (optional) to a tall cup of mason jar.
- Use a hand frother or whisk to dissolve the matcha.
- Add in the remaining ingredients, stir and top with ice.
Links to everything I use…