Morning Rituals: Matcha Latte
This morning we finally got a break from the rather hot mornings that have been greeting us this past week. During our morning walk, we were pleasantly surprised by the chill to the air. A few posts back we talked about how we were incorporating turmeric latte's into our daily routines, but this morning we wanted to mix it up. I have an excellent breakfast recipe which utilizes matcha (which I will post about soon!), but I was short for time and really wanted a latte to help lean into Sunday's flow.
Matcha is traditionally a ritual powder, brought to Japan by Chinese Zen Buddhists in 1911. The plants are grown for roughly three weeks in the shade to prevent direct contact with the sun--a process which increases the chlorophyll content as well as the concentration of amino acids such as theanine. After drying, the plants are finely ground into a talc-like powder, and the emerald green color comes alive.
Brimming with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, shade grown matcha is more potent than regular green tea. The benefits of matcha include its ability to boost cognitive function (i.e. boost memory and improve concentration), aid in stress-relief, menstrual pain, and sleep maintenance. It is also a rich source of vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and chromium. The antioxidant concentration is intense: one serving offers up five times as many antioxidants than any other food. This means that anything from our brain function to skin integrity to disease prevention is blissfully coated with a powerful stream of antioxidants. Some studies have shown that matcha has the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well!
Read below how to make a delicious matcha latte to start your morning off right.
- 1.5 teaspoons of organic matcha powder
- 10 oz. of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger (optional)
- Splashes of coconut cream (optional)
- Heat almond milk on the stove on low heat, stirring frequently until it simmers but does not boil.
- Add the matcha powder, coconut oil, and fresh ginger to a powerful blender. Once the almond milk has been heated, add this as well.
- Blend all of the ingredients together on the highest setting until incorporated, smooth and frothy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Serve in teacups, and add a splash of coconut milk or cream as desired.
Check back for our delicious breakfast recipe which incorporates matcha, coming soon!
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