Your new favourite morning wake-up may be in the form of a matcha latte… never thought I’d say this but it was time for coffee to take a back seat for a little bit while I worked on my adrenal glands, reduced anxious feelings and got accustomed to not needing it in the morning.
Coffee is great, it has many proven health benefits but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone, all of the time. For many people, 1-2 cups of coffee isn’t problematic, and if that’s the case, your cup of joe is good for you. Be aware of any bodily and mental shifts you feel and if you experience any of the following symptoms you may want to consider removing coffee temporarily:
- heart racing
- feeling frazzled
- jittery or shaking
- disrupted sleep
- energy and mood fluctuations
- gut disturbances
- reliance on coffee for bowel movements
- ‘butterflies’ in the stomach
- hormonal imbalances
- adrenal problems
- thyroid issues
- inability to sit still, restless
- the feeling of: “I can’t get through the day without a coffee”
Since we’re mostly a community of Mom’s, I’ll speak openly and honestly; most of us aren’t getting the sleep we need to in order to function optimally and we rely on caffeine to get us through the day. However, there are better and alternative forms of caffeine beyond coffee. Green tea is one of them. It’s not as addictive as coffee, has less caffeine per serving and comes with some nutrients which don’t contribute to those adverse symptoms listed above. That’s why I decided to move on to matcha. I loved the creamy, frothy, thick, filling and satisfying aspect of drinking a bulletproof coffee, so I took matcha and made it into a bulletproof latte.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is the whole leaf of the green tea plant. The last few weeks before harvest the plant is placed in shade to slow the growth, improve flavour and exponentiate the nutritional benefits. The whole tea leaves are ground up into a powder that is bright green and velvety fine. Unlike green tea where only parts of the tea leaves are used for steeping, matcha green tea uses the entirety of the leaves. This results in matcha having a slightly sweeter flavour; green tea is slightly bitter.
If you’re making a bulletproof coffee, steeped green tea isn’t nearly as convenient nor as tasty. I personally, don’t enjoy sipping on a cup of green tea, it’s just not enjoyable for me, flavour-wise, but if that appeals to you, it’s fine too and still has many health benefits!
There are numerous nutritional benefits in a cup of matcha such as;
ECGCs, epigallocatechin-3-gallates which is just a fancy term for an antioxidant.
Micronutrients, known as tannins are readily available in matcha.
Amino Acids– this one is the number one reason I love matcha for people who feel overly anxious or who are dealing with adrenal issues: L-Theanine. This amino acid helps to improve memory, focus and concentration without feeling anxious. You can consider l-theanine the amino acid of calm alertness.
The unique aspect of matcha is that because it contains both caffeine AND l-theanine, studies have shown that the 2 paired together help someones ability to switch between tasks. L-theanine on it’s own can help with studying. Taking it before a test and you can reduce the number of errors.
The caffeine is there but it isn’t nearly as high as coffee. One cup of matcha has approximately 30mg of caffeine while coffee has about 150mg.
Some studies suggest that coffee can raise your cortisol levels (this is a stress hormone). This hasn’t be proven in every study, so it’s still unknown whether or not this is true- you’ll often know if you’re overproducing cortisol based on symptoms such as excess weight, depression, anxiety, irritability, headaches, loss of libido, fatigue, muscular weakness, excess fat specifically surrounding the abdominal area, a round-shaped face, a lump or hunch-like upper back, in between the shoulders and towards the neck, pinkish-purple stretch marks, thinning skin and skin that bruises easily as well as slow wound healing. When cortisol is chronically in excess, individuals may develop a condition known as Cushing Syndrome.
You may be able to determine if your cortisol levels seem too high if some of these symptoms resonate with you. You’ll personally know if your coffee consumption is related to elevated cortisol when you stop drinking coffee and re-evaluate. For me, many of the adverse symptoms stopped the day I stopped drinking coffee. I haven’t felt nearly as frantic, anxious or scattered since. This is a huge win for me and an experiment I’m glad I decided to do.
Ok, now, how to make matcha drinkable, if you’re not currently a fan (and you will be in a few short days if you stick it out!).
Bulletproof Matcha Latte
1.5 cups of hot water
1/2 tsp of matcha powder
1 tbsp MCT oil, I like Brain Octane from Bulletproof
1 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter
1 tsp of maple syrup, optional, to taste
Optional: 1 tbsp of collagen powder
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds.
I’m curious if you drink coffee or if you’ve ever considered trying life without it. Leave a comment down below and let me know 🙂
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