The matcha obsession is real. This vibrantly green tea has a long list of health benefits including pure, unadulterated chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green. It helps to oxygenate your blood and produce more hemoglobin), packed with antioxidants and amino acids. Matcha is 100% shade grown and stone ground into a fine powder. Because of this, it has all the fiber and all the nutrients the plant has to offer.
When making a matcha latte, you want to always use culinary matcha. Ceremonial grade matcha has subtle and different flavor profiles depending on how often they are harvested, where they are grown, etc. Culinary matcha is courser ground to withstand mixing it with milk, flour, sugar etc. Not all culinary matcha is created equally. My favorite is Mizuba. This company is local to Portland, organic and sourced directly from Uji, Japan.
All the ladies went crazy for my matcha latte recipe at my Field Trip workshop this past weekend. I thought I would share the recipe as a little teaser while I am in the process of writing my adaptogen latte ebook. This recipe has all the components needed for a nourishing and delicious adaptogenic matcha latte. Do not be afraid of the fat. Adaptogens are fat soluble, meaning they need to be combined with a fat in order to be absorbed by the body. My secret ingredient, fresh ginger root, adds a warming and delicious flavor. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. You can enjoy this latte warm or over ice. I find it lovely anytime from morning to mid afternoon and still have no issue with sleeping. If you've been wanting to try matcha, this is a great starter recipe. Plus homemade is always better than from a coffee shop :)
- 1 cup hot water (NEVER use boiling water with matcha, it burns it. You want it to be hot, but no boiling)
- 1/2 cup nut milk (if you want to make your own, check out my nut milk 101 post.)
- 1 tsp to 1 T ghee or coconut butter
- 1 tsp organic culinary matcha
- 1/2 tsp Sunpotion Yin Power adaptogenic blend*
- 1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger
- 1 pitted date
In a high-speed blender combine all ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds or a minute. Pour into a much and enjoy
*Use whatever adaptogens feel good to you in the moment. If you don't have any adaptogens on hand, you can leave them out. This blend is pricey; however, i use half the recommended dose and the jar is quite large. I would say that a jar would last you 6 months using it every day (which I don't). This blend helps to boost the immune system, balance your hormones, relief stress, help with mental alertness and boost your libido.
Note: If you're like me then matcha and an empty stomach don't mix. If i drink matcha first thing in the morning without putting something into my stomach I get really nauseous and feel like I'm going to throw up. If this is the case for you, I recommend drinking this latte with or after a meal. I have no issues when taken this way.