I have to be completely transparent. My love affair with matcha began at Target. I was on a road trip, starving for something green, and I saw a lady with a bright green beverage in a Starbucks cup in the check out line. "Excuse me m'am, but what are you drinking?" I'm sure I seemed a bit crazy, but I didn't care. And I'm so glad I talk to strangers, because it was love at first sight for matcha and I. I've come to learn the difference between really bad matcha and really, really good matcha. And I no longer order the sugar-laden SB variety, in favor for whipping up a potion matcha of my own at home.
Matcha shows up for me in many ways. With coconut butter when I need to feel comforted. With MCT oil and ghee when I need a boost. Filled with potions. And sometimes it shows up unburdened, over ice, with almond milk. One thing is key: quality! When you open the container, it should smell slightly sweet, not bitter or metal-y. The green will be vibrant, not muddy. To get scientific on you for a second, matcha is shade grown, so the tea leaves are forced to overproduce chlorophyll, which gives matcha its nice bright green color. As a general rule, high quality matcha is sourced from Japan, so check out the origin of your powder. And I hate to be the bearer of less than great news, but you truly do get what you pay for. Expect to pay $30+ for a small tin/jar of matcha.
And for those health freaks out there, take a listen to this:
The nutrients in matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea.
That's insane! This article talks more about the health benefits of matcha, and it includes anti-aging and longer lasting energy. You had me at anti-aging. A few other benefits include:
Antioxidants (60x as much as spinach!)
Brain power, aids in concentration
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
Sustained energy boost (Contains approximately 1/2 the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but because of the presence of L-Theanine, it provides a less jittery, longer lasting effect)
Could decrease risk of heart disease
May aid in cancer prevention
Now on to my bulletproof potion recipe. This one keeps me energized without any jitters, gives me focus, and it tastes like a dream. It really does feel like a giant mug of self-care every morning when I make this for myself. So go on, treat yoself.
1 tsp Ceremonial Grade Matcha (I've recently discovered Organic Matcha Power by The Synergy Company and at $30/60 grams, it's actually quite a good deal. Tastes like a chlorophyll-filled dream. I also love Heapwell Ceremonial Matcha ($30/30 grams) and Ippodo ($20-$50/20 grams.)
1 tsp MCT oil (I use Natural Force eMCT oil.)
1 tsp Tocos (I use Sun Potion.)
1 scoop Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen (It will get a little frothier with the Collagen Peptides. My favorite brand for collagen is Natural Force, and they have a great blog post about the difference between Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen here.)
12 oz almost boiling water (170 degrees)
*4 oz almond milk milk or your favorite nut milk (optional, if you go this route, scale your water back to 8 oz)
2. Add all dry ingredients to your blender.
3. Blend on low-medium for 1 - 2 minutes.
4. Pour into your mug and enjoy!
(Well, maybe Instagram it first and tag #whitespaceandwellness so I can drool over your pretty matches.)
*Add a little ground cinnamon to the top
*Swap the Tocos for Maca, which gives it a rich flavor and has hormone balancing qualities
* Add 1/2 tsp Ashwagandha if you want a natural stress reducer
With all adaptogens, my advice is this: start with adding them one at a time to see how it affects your body. Give your body a few weeks to absorb and respond. If you love the results, then maybe add 1 or 2 more to your potion, but never more than 3. This article from Well + Good gives a great overview on Adaptogens, if you're a newbie to the scene. Here's another favorite adaptogenic matcha latte recipe of mine:
I'd love to hear how you drink your matcha, what cafés are making great matcha lattés, and of course, if you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below or tagging me on Instagram. Wishing you whitespace and wellness and an abundance of matcha.