Today is the Monday of all Mondays… officially one week until Christmas. Cue the excitement (and exhaustion), so I can’t think of a better time for this post. I am so excited to share with you the journey I have been on for the last two months, and how it has truly changed my life. But let me start by asking you to think for a moment about where you are at – physically, mentally, emotionally. Are you exhausted? Energetic? Somewhere in-between? It’s hard to be a party starter and a creator of positive energy if you are feeling pathetic.
Roughly two months ago, I think I had hit my rock bottom in terms of energy. I was crashing about 2-3 times a day. When I say crash, I mean… a really bad crash. I was addicted to caffeine, no doubt about it. Do any of you experience this? Sometimes I didn’t even realize it was a coffee crash, I would hit a wall around 2-4pm and just assume I was tired. It was coffee’s fault. The good news is, there is another way, and I’ll be sharing it with you today.
Have you ever been stuck in a cycle? Maybe you are there now with something in your life. You know that you could do better for yourself, but you don’t know a way out. When you try to do better, it hurts, and the only way to fix the hurt in the moment is to go back to what you were trying to avoid in the first place. I assumed this is what my relationship with coffee must mean too.
For years, I only drank coffee when the flavor was drowned in syrups or creamers. But here and there, I’d be running late in the morning and not have time to put the creamer in my coffee. So I would struggle though and drink it without the creamer. Fast forward to about 2 months ago, I was making a pot of dark roast coffee every morning that was so strong hardly anyone else could tolerate drinking it. I would have about two cups in the morning, a cup in the mid-morning, another cup around 3pm, and sometimes a 5th cup around dinnertime.
I kept crashing, feeling like I couldn’t keep going, and had to reach for another cup to make it through the day. I was experiencing headaches, dizziness, digestive problems, the list goes on. If any of you are experiencing this, but hadn’t considered your coffee as part of the problem, I hope that you will think about it now. I can’t speak enough about how hard this time was for me, and I want to help you avoid getting to that low. If you are already at your low, I want to get you out, because it IS possible!
One day, I was talking with a friend who told me that she had experienced similar problems from her coffee habit, so she switched to something called matcha. I had no idea what that was. I’d heard of it in health stores, but had no idea what a “normal” person like myself would do with it? So like any clueless 21st century person, I turned to google to learn more. Then I turned to Pinterest for a recipe. Apparently it’s green tea powder. I was skeptical, but I told myself I would try it instead of my coffee for a week. What did I have to lose?
Spoiler alert: it’s been 2 months and I haven’t turned back. It’s AMAZING what a difference it has made! Matcha is still caffeinated, but has much less caffeine and it releases into the body more slowly. I think of matcha’s caffeine like a steady acceleration, as opposed to coffee’s pedal to the medal effect. Matcha provides the kick start I often need in the mornings but without the unbearable crash later in the day.
If you want to switch out matcha for your coffee habit, or even just try it for the first time, today I am sharing my recipe. It’s not as fancy as many of the versions you’ll find out there, but it’s simple and easy which is what I need when I’m rushing out the door in the morning. It can also be made to accommodate a vegan or lactose-free diet with simple substitutions. They say that you can’t please everyone, but I think for once it may have been possible with this recipe.
You’ll start simply by warming a cup of milk (whole, 1%, almond, coconut, rice, or whatever they come up with next) over the stove or in the microwave. Then, you’ll add in your matcha powder, cinnamon, and honey. Our vegan friends can substitute in agave. It’s actually sort of beautiful when it’s all together in the pan, before you mix it. Did I just say powder on top of milk was beautiful? It’s gross how sappy I get sometimes.
Lastly, you’ll mix and froth your latte either using a hand frother, blender, nutri bullet, or anything of the mixing variety. This is the fun part. My inner child comes out and I geek out watching the milk swirl around. Don’t judge… I’m allowed to be fascinated by stuff like that when I haven’t had any caffeine yet 🙂
Easy Morning Matcha Latte
– 1 cup of “milk”
– 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
– 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon (feel free to just toss some in and not measure exactly, that’s what I do!)
– 1 tablespoon of honey (or agave)
- Heat “milk” over the stove or in microwave until warm to the touch. If it reaches boiling, that’s ok. Stovetop on medium should take about 5 minutes, microwave on high should take about 1 ½ minutes.
- Add in matcha powder, cinnamon, and honey. Blend using a hand frother or in a blender/magic bullet. Be aware that the matcha needs to be blended well to fully incorporate, as it has a tendency to lump.
I hope that you will come to love this simple receipe as much as I do. It’s probably dramatic to say that a beverage has changed my life, but the switch from coffee to matcha for me truly has. I hope to eventually kick the caffeine habit all together, but then again perfect people are very boring, so for now I’ll be content with this progress. Bonus points for this beverage being green, so, it’s basically the most festive version of caffeine you can drink the week leading up to Christmas.