I like to start my mornings with a little something light like fresh-pressed juice, bone broth, or Spiced Butter Tea. My stomach doesn’t typically wake up until mid-morning, and I favor something light and hydrating when I wake, and, for a while, I’d walk a block to a local coffee shop and pick up a green tea latté in the morning – I loved its sweet and bitter notes.
When we moved in the springtime, from the mountains to the seaside and from the center of town to a few acres in the countryside, those easy walks to the local coffee shop disappeared, and, instead, I began making my own Matcha Lattés.
I’m better off for it, too.
Making them at home saves a mint, and, moreover, I can tone down the heady sweetness of the coffee shop variety while making it from better ingredients.
So what’s wrong with store-bought Matcha Lattés?
The Matcha and Green Tea Lattés you can buy at coffee shops is mostly sugar, with a small amount of powdered green tea mixed in. This supersweet powder is then added to milk, heated and frothed. Or, for those of you who eat dairy-free by necessity or choice, that powder is added to a plant-based “milk” which typically contains additives and emulsifiers.
When I make mine at home, I can focus on reducing the sugar content by sweetening it with a touch of honey, or omitting sweetener entirely. Moreover, when I make it at home, I can give the latté a boost of goodness with the addition of spirulina for minerals and B vitamins, and collagen peptides which provides a nice touch of clean protein.
Organic Matcha Tea Powder
Matcha tea is a finely powdered, and very potent, Japanese green tea. I buy Organic matcha tea here.
Matcha is traditionally shade grown, which increases its theanine and chlorophyll content, making it more potent than other green teas.
Theanine is similar to caffeine, in that it helps to boost cognitive performance and improve focus (read it here), yet, unlike caffeine, theanine also has a calmative effect and may help to reduce response to both physical and psychological stress (read it here).
Researchers who studied tea’s effects on mortality also found that green tea, in particular, was associated with significantly better heart health (read it here) and optimal cholesterol levels (read it here).
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is used as a superfood, or whole foods dietary supplement. The Aztecs gathered spirulina and used it as a food source, and it is also a traditional food of Chad in central Africa where it is harvested from lakes and then used to season soups and other foods.
Spirulina is rich in protein, B vitamins, and minerals, as well as beta-carotene, chlorophyll and other pigments with strong antioxidant capacity.
Collagen Peptides for Gorgeous Skin
The amino acids glycine and proline form collagen, the structural protein found in the connective tissue of animals. When that connective tissue breaks down during cooking, as in boiling a chicken frame for bone broth, that collagen is extracted and is referred to as gelatin (learn more about the differences between collagen peptides and gelatin here).
It is collagen in our own bodies that keeps skin looking taut and young, and it declines as we age. In addition to declining as we age, collagen is affected by environmental toxins and lifestyle factors as well: smoking, poor nutrition, and excessive alcohol or recreational drug use can further exacerbate the loss of collagen, and speed aging of the skin.
There’s some evidence that even though collagen breaks down into its constituent amino acids when digested, it still may support skin health by reducing wrinkle depth and increasing skin elasticity (read more here and here), but more research is necessary.
Foods rich in antioxidants, like leafy greens, as well as foods rich in vitamin C also play a critical role in supporting skin health and the formation of collagen.
Where to Buy Collagen Peptides from Grass-fed Cattle
I use Vital Proteins collagen peptides which come in large tubs that last quite a while. They only source their collagen and gelatin from grass-fed cattle that are never treated with hormones, and, most importantly, are raised on pasture instead of feedlots.
You can order their collagen peptides by clicking here.
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- Pour the water into a saucepan, and warm it over medium heat. Whisk the collagen peptides, vanilla bean powder, matcha tea and spirulina into the water. Whisk until the water is hot, and the powders dissolve completely.
- Pour the milk and honey, if using, into the hot water and continue to warm it over medium heat until hot. Pour into a mug, and enjoy right away.