I am and always will be coffee obsessed but I’m also trying to listen a bit more to my body’s actual wants and needs. For example, sometimes I don’t actually need all the caffeine in coffee; but I have it out of habit.
On those mornings, which is about 2-3 times per week recently, I’ll have a warm cup of matcha and I’ve noticed that I don’t get the overwhelming jitters I would have gotten from overriding my system with the caffeine from coffee.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Japanese matcha is a type of powdered green tea grown in a very specific (and traditional way).
– It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
– It has many promising potential health benefits, mainly through a high concentration of catechins, which are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and reduce the formation of free radicals, which may help in anti-aging and disease prevention.
If you’re unsure which brand to buy, I only buy Laka Matcha and right now you can get 20% off your order!
I used to think that matcha tasted like dirt. I now know that I was drinking low quality product and I was making it wrong. So, the following benefits didn’t mean anything to me because I wasn’t enjoying drinking it. Though annoying at the time, there is an important lesson here: if you’re not genuinely receiving pleasure, joy, good feelings, tastes etc. from something that you are consuming, the chances of you staying consistent are very low. If you’re still curious and open, keep reading.
Matcha is abound with health-promoting antioxidants. Specifically, a class called catechins, which help reduce oxidative stress and disrupt free radical chain reactions from forming (or continuing to form) in the body.
Recent studies suggest that matcha may have cancer-fighting effects, reduce inflammation, aid weight loss, and help prevent heart and brain disease. It’s also been shown to help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol, while potentially helping to improve your mood and increase focus.
It contains vitamin C, chromium, magnesium, selenium and zinc, and IMO truly tastes great when you mix it with your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk and a drizzle of maple syrup (recipe linked above).
For me, all of the aforementioned components of health were compelling forces that motivated me to switch it up. But what made it stick and made the biggest impact was the fact that I started to ask myself each morning something I had never asked myself before: Does my body want coffee? Does my body want matcha? Or does my body just need water?
Regardless of what I chose, I never used to even ask this question. I just woke up and I had coffee. But now with matcha in the mix 3-4 x per week, I regularly ask my body what it needs – and get this, I actually listen. It feels so much better for so many reasons and I wish I’d started earlier.
So, if you’re a go-to coffee drinker, consider this an invitation. See how matcha falls into the mix and give my recipe a try above. Or maybe just start asking yourself in the morning, what you actually need and what’s just a learned pattern of behavior.
Why You’ll Love It
- Not only does it provide a steady caffeine boost, but it also contains antioxidants and L-theanine, which can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm.
- Matcha contains high levels of antioxidants that can help prevent everything from cancer to heart disease.
- The caffeine in matcha is released slowly, providing sustained energy throughout the day without the jitters or crash.
Recipe Cost Breakdown
1 tsp matcha: $0.50
1/2 cup homemade almond milk: $0.50
1 tbsp pure maple syrup: $0.43
Total Cost: $1.43
What You’ll Need
|2 cups boiling water|
|1 tsp matcha|
|1/2 cup homemade almond milk|
|1 tbsp pure maple syrup|