We Love You so Matcha!
To say we're a little obsessed with breakfast beverages would be an understatement. And why wouldn't we be? Nothing tastes quite as good as a delectable, nourishing smoothie or cozy, fragrant cup of coffee right after your morning Yoga Wake Up sesh. That said, things are heating up and we've been wanting to try something different.
Enter the iced matcha latte (with nut milk for a real treat!) We've been making these a lot lately, so when we spied a matcha roundup, complete with background and health benefits, from Breakfast Criminals founder, Ksenia Avdulova, we just had to share it with you!
Matcha Much? 11 Matcha Recipes To Start Your Day Right
What is matcha?
Matcha is processed green tea leaves that have been stone-ground into a powder (typically in Japan, where it’s been used in the legendary tea ceremonies by Zen Masters for centuries). It’s different from green tea because you ingest the whole powdered green tea leaf, not just the brewed water. Matcha does have caffeine, but it’s only about half of the caffeine in coffee.
Smooth, earthy, green tea-like.
Grown in the shade, matcha tea retains a beautiful green color along with an incredible amount of nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It is said that matcha can calm your mind, boost energy and metabolism, detoxify, and help prevent heart disease.
Matcha gives you an energy boost and it lasts longer than after a coffee boost, because it contains L-Theanine amino acid. L-Theanine has a calming effect that relaxes the brain. Bottom line: it has all the right chemicals to send your body “feel good” signals.
Where to buy
Option 1, milk-based:
1. 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Matcha OR 1 tspn. ceremonial matcha + 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
2. 2 cups nut milk, steamed or heated up in a sauce pan (I’m obsessed with oat mylk and hemp mylk)
3. Optional for extra creaminess: 1 TBSP. coconut butter
4. Optional boosts: cinnamon, ashwagandha, maca, CBD oil (I love Charlotte’s Web chocolate peppermint)
Option 2, water-based:
1. 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Matcha or 1 tspn. ceremonial matcha + 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
2. 2 cups fresh-boiled water
3. 1 TBSP. coconut butter
4. Optional boosts: cinnamon, ashwagandha, maca, CBD oil
Directions: Blend all ingredients until frothy, drink up with love.
And for the Iced Version...
Blend 1 teaspoon matcha, 1.5 cup milk of choice and 1 teaspoon sweetener of your choice in a high speed blender. Serve over ice. If you’re out of nut milk, you can blend matcha with 1 tablespoon nut butter (like almond or cashew) and 1.5 cups water.
Head to Breakfast Criminals for the rest of these great recipes featuring the green ingredient. We totally encourage you to try all of Ksenia's matcha recipes, but right now, we're just dying to cool off with this one!