I’ve recently discovered matcha powder, and i’m kind of OBSESSED. Here is a super fast, easy, and WAY healthier alternative to your morning coffee!
I’ve recently been doing some work for Full Leaf Tea Company, so they’ve been sending me lots of different teas to sample. I’ve been able to try all of their huge line of various matcha powders, and it’s LIFE. CHANGING.
My son has had croup for the past week, and wakes up at 2:20 am every night from coughing and congestion. He’s a toddler now, so my body is NOT used to having to get up and STAY UP all night like when he was a newborn.
“Medic! I need an IV of caffeine STAT!”
So, because I was not only in need of a serious pick-me-up, rather a pick-me-up-and-hold-me-up-or-I-will-fall-on-my-face kind of thing, I doubled the recipe (as seen in the picture below) and I used their Sweet Matcha Energy Powder to make my matcha latte, which is why you can see little brown specs in the photos. I swear it’s not dirt, it’s Gaurana, which according to their website,
“Guarana is the highest source of caffeine available in nature. Guarana seeds contain 2.5 times the amount of caffeine that coffee does!”
Their sweet matcha powders come with organic pure cane sugar already mixed in, so you don’t have to worry about adding any sweetners, and they have lots of flavors to choose from like- Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate, and ones that contain chia seeds, a vitality blend, and organic options.
Coffee certainly has it’s perks, but also some unfortunate side effects that come along with it. Like coffee breath, jitters, and well, I think this mug explains it…
Well, I have the PERFECT solution for those of us who need a little extra pick-me-up in the morning, in order to function well enough just to put on pants (but really who needs pants anyways?)
Not everyone has a fancy espresso machine at home OR willing to spend half their paycheck for a simple drink at a coffee shop. Now you don’t have to! I’ve done all the research, and tested countless methods to making a coffee shop worthy matcha latte right at home, that even you picky coffee snobs will appreciate.
One of the most helpful articles I read about achieving the perfect frothed milk (a.k.a. milk foam) can be found HERE.
Apparently frothing milk basically requires a college degree (baristas take their job very seriously); But when you think about it, baristas probably do save more lives a year than any other profession. Just imagine the world without coffee! Scary.
With that being said, why would you dare switch over from coffee to matcha?
Coffee vs. Matcha Throwdown
- Coffee weighs in on average at 95 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces vs. Matcha powder at only 70 mg of caffeine on average per 8 ounces (1 teaspoon of powder dissolved into 8 ounces of water), BUT matcha has a better caffeine high. Coffee’s high starts off strong, usually leaving its victims with jitters, a sense of anxiety, and dare I say…”active bowels”? Once your caffeinated journey crashes to an end, you’re left feeling sluggish, hungry, and back to where you started. Unlike coffee, Matcha’s high creates a calm alertness with no spikes or crashes.
- When it comes to breath, there’s really no comparison here. Matcha is also better for your teeth; it prevents the bacteria that causes plaque, making it a powerful ally for oral hygiene, and we all know coffee causes enamel staining, matcha doesnt.
- Matcha’s antibacterial properties actually help clear up acne, and has been used for centuries by Japanese women as a facial mask.
- Matcha is the king of antioxidants. It’s ridiculously full of catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been linked to so many health benefits; and don’t worry, I don’t know what any of those words mean either, I just know they’re really good for you 😉
The winner here is a no brainer.
So now that i’ve convinced you WHY you should drink matcha instead of coffee, here’s a quick video on HOW you make it from home, using just a microwave and mason jar!
This post was sponsored by Full Leaf Tea Company, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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