These matcha green tea lattes are quickly becoming my favorite form of caffeine in the mornings. As someone who has always battled anxiety, switching from coffee to green tea has been a lifesaver.
This post was updated on July 14, 2018.
The caffeine in tea releases more slowly than coffee. This means that you don’t get that crash from coffee when you drink green tea. I was hesitant to make the switch at first because I’ve been seriously addicted to caffeine and coffee for a long time. But trust me, if I can make the switch, so can you.
Unlike other tea, you can drink the matcha tea leaves.
This means that you receive up to 10 times the amount of antioxidant benefits from matcha that you would from other green tea. TEN TIMES! One word of advice on picking matcha: look for unsweetened! There are some powders out there that are pre-sweetened, and I personally like to control sweetness levels myself.
When I originally wrote this post I was using Nanami matcha. Since then, I’ve switched to a local company’s matcha, TeaSource.
Switching from coffee to green tea, like this matcha latte, has helped me gain control of my anxiety.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but coffee can actually trigger anxiety. Over the last month, I’ve cut out coffee. I’ll either drink matcha or Yerba mate. Mate is a drink made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly, Ilex paraguariensis, a native plant of South America. It is extremely popular in South America. Yerba mate contains less caffeine than coffee, but like matcha, it is slow release. This means less jitters, and less anxiety.
So between my mate and matcha, I’m getting plenty of antioxidants and caffeine, without the anxiety.
The one drawback to these new morning drinks is my need for a sweetener. With coffee I can stand the bitterness, from all those years of being addicted to it. Green tea is an acquired taste, and I’m just not used to the earthiness of it yet.
To sweeten my matcha without adding sugar, I like to use a little bit of coconut cream. The cream is naturally sweet and naturally balances out the earthiness of the matcha. Another addition I love putting in my matcha is collagen powder. I’ve been using collagen powder every day for almost a year, and I’ve noticed a huge difference. It’s beneficial for your hair, skin, and nails and mine have been growing much faster and healthier. I use the brand Neocell because it’s affordable and available in more grocery stores. I get mine at Fresh Thyme but they also carry it at Whole Foods.
Alright, let’s get shakin’ and make some matcha lattes shall we?!
PIN THE MATCHA GREEN TEA LATTE FOR LATER!
Get your caffeine fix without the crash! Matcha lattes with coconut cream and collagen are refreshing, easy to make, & packed with antioxidants!
- 1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 scoop collagen powder
- 1 cup water
Add matcha, collagen, and coconut cream to a bowl or glass measuring cup. Meanwhile boil hot water. Once water boils, remove the kettle and let it cool for a minute.
Pour 1 cup hot water over the matcha mixture. Use a hand mixer to blend it all together. If you don't have a hand mixer you can use a whisk or a fork--just be sure to mix well to avoid matcha clumping in the bottom of your latte.
Next, heat 1/2 cup almond milk on the stove or in the microwave. Once warm, use the hand mixer to foam the milk.
Pour over the matcha and enjoy!
Play around with the amounts of coconut milk and honey you use until you find the right balance for you!
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