MATCHA HOT CHOCOLATE
A green tea used medicinally in ancient China, matcha has had a surge in popularity in the western world lately as consumers have learned about it's amazing health benefits: just 1-2 teaspoons a day is known to boost memory, concentration, metabolism and the immune system while providing a wealth of antioxidants. After 7 years of living caffeine free, curiosity got the best of me and I gave matcha a whirl in my blender with a few other superfood ingredients to create my own potent elixir- of course with chocolate. I include the bitter adaptogen herb Ashwagandha, another ingredient used in ancient healing. With immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, I've found this herb to be an excellent addition of my daily routine. My favorite benefit has been how this potent plant reduces anxiety and helps the body manage stress. After a few months of drinking this matcha concoction, I'm hooked on the dreamlike calming effect this slow release caffeine offers thanks to it's amino acids, a unique state of even keel alertness with no jitters or caffeine crash.
I've been making various versions of the recipe below as my breakfast almost daily. The Marine Collagen offers a whopping dose of protein along with hair, skin and nail benefits, while the cocoa and turmeric provide additional antioxidants. Manuka honey is a natural sweetener excellent for the immune system, but if you're avoiding sugar you can skip that so long as you make sure to include the coconut butter, a healthy fat that helps the body absorb nutrients and a key ingredient for providing sweetness in this recipe.
Another important ingredient for providing the sweet and creamy taste here is Tocos, an amazing product made from brown rice solubles that tastes like vanilla ice cream. Tocos is a natural source of Vitamin E excellent for skin and hair health.
While I drink this elixir almost daily, I sometimes use only water if I don't want the calories of the nut milk, I sometimes skip the honey, and I don't always make this with cocoa if I'm not in the mood for chocolate (who am I kidding- I'm always in the mood for chocolate!). Matcha is delicious and soothing in all of the variations and I hope you'll enjoy giving it a try!
MATCHA HOT CHOCOLATE
1-2 tsp matcha powder1-2 scoops Vital Protein Marine Collagen
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Sun Potion Ashwaganda powder
1 Tbsp Sun Potion Tocos powder
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp coconut butter
1 cup hot water
1 cup vanilla nut milk
1/2 tsp Manuka honey
Place all of the powders and coconut butter into the blender. Pour hot but not boiling water into the blender. Add the cold nut milk. Blend on the lowest setting in the blender for 1 minute. Pour and drink immediately.
*NOTE this recipe calls for coconut butter, which has a sweeter and richer taste than coconut oil.