Morning Cups Of Coffee Are No Match For Matcha Lattes So Drink Them Instead
Morning cups of coffee are a morning ‘must-have’ for many people, and I am one of them too! In fact, most people heavily rely on getting their cuppa tea or coffee just to wake up in the mornings. Both tea and coffee contain beneficial properties, however, there are downsides and too much coffee can result in dehydration, acidity and even anxiety. But we all need that kick to keep our minds sharp and awake, so there’s got to be another way.
This is why many people are turning to the green powder we call ‘matcha.’ This is a really effective substance that might replace morning cups of coffee entirely. Whether it’s hot outside or not, I need my morning cup if getting out of bed is going to happen. The issue is that we tend to drink far too much coffee at a time and the side effects can be harmful.
It’s a comforting feeling drinking something warm early in the a.m. Therefore, we get why you can’t just let go of the ritual. Nor should you have to. That’s why matcha is a fantastic solution because of its immune-boosting properties and ability to wake you up quickly without the dreaded crash. Drinking morning cups of matcha is also a very enjoyable experience and is a great opportunity to soak up some much-needed ‘you’ time.
Morning Cups Of Matcha Magic
I like to think of drinking matcha lattes in the morning as a sacred time for myself. Not only will you enhance your focus, but you’ll also provide your body with a form of meditation and relaxation at this time. Remember when you drink your morning cups of whatever, you should be using this time to clear your head and ease your way healthily into the day.
The best part about matcha is that these morning cups won’t leave you feeling energyless after an hour, forcing you to reach for another. The effects last much longer – up to six hours sometimes! What is matcha powder?
If you still don’t know where it comes from, it is the concentrated form of green tea and once you try it you’ll be hooked. So instead of soaking the leaf as you would with normal tea, the entire leaf is stone-ground into powder and consumed whole. So all your morning cups of matcha will be a much more potent version of drinking green tea. There are so many benefits to this powder that it is next to impossible to list them all in one article.
Morning Cups Of Coffee And Exhaustion
Be aware of your energy levels.
However, matcha powder provides you with the energy kicks that most of us seek from coffee. The only issue with coffee is the inevitable crash because it is absorbed by the body a lot slower than matcha due to the large concentration of antioxidants. Something that’s creeping up more around the world is adrenal fatigue.
I think that a lot of people are struggling with burn out and extreme exhaustion. The first thing that they do is reach for another cup of coffee to wake them up. However, this will only make matters worse. Studies have found that coffee first thing in the morning might be a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. This is because our stress hormones (cortisol) are usually at their highest in the mornings. That’s why when you pack in a massive, artificial energy boost from coffee it is rather unnecessary and very difficult for your hormones to regulate.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying coffee from time to time. Just be mindful about how much you consume and when you consume it. Experts recommend drinking coffee at least two hours after you wake up and eat some food.
Weight Management And Morning Cups Of Matcha
Interestingly many people have claimed that they are able to control their weight more easily by drinking matcha regularly. According to researchers, we all have two types of fat in our bodies. The first type is white fat stores and the second is brown fat stores. White fat stores are for storing energy. However, too many white fat stores have been linked to heart disease and other chronic illness.
Brown fat stores burn energy. Therefore, those people who have higher metabolisms and lower BMI typically have more brown fat than those who are overweight or obese. This is where matters get interesting. Apparently, matcha powder has the ability to activate brown fat cells in the body which helps to keep your weight in check by increasing your caloric burn.
There was another study that found those who drank 1-3 morning cups of matcha powder per day weigh an average of 8 pounds less than non-drinkers. I won’t lie, drinking morning cups of matcha instead of coffee sounds a lot more intriguing!
Strengthen Your Immune System
When you drink too many morning cups of coffee, your immune system starts to weaken. Drinking matcha powder will have the opposite effect. Even elite athletes in the movement industry are talking about matcha and promoting its limitless benefits.
Not only is matcha a powerful immune booster, but so are the ingredients and spices you can add to it! In the recipe below, inspired by The Clean Program, we use cinnamon and cardamom which have antiviral and anti fungal properties that assist the body in fighting infections.
Moreover, cardamom is not only an extremely powerful antioxidant. It’s also believed to stimulate the digestive cells responsible for the immune response. We also combine ginger into your morning cups of matcha tea. Ginger is brilliant at removing toxins from your system. It is also antimicrobial and can kill micro-organisms. I bet you didn’t know that you might even be able to effectively fight salmonella. A powerful combination of matcha powder and ginger is best for getting rid of a nasty head cold or flu.
Morning Cups Of Matcha Recipe
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 small piece of ginger, peeled (about the size of your thumb)
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cardamom
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon of coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
How To Prepare Your Morning Cups Of Matcha
This is a very simple recipe that you can easily prepare for yourself as you wake up in the mornings. I enjoy making these for myself because I use the time to slowly wake up my body, clear my head and get some much-needed ‘me-time.’
All you need to do is pour some water into a saucepan. You can then add your cinnamon, peeled ginger, cardamom and a pinch of sea salt. Trust me, this matcha drink is delicious and you’ll be hooked once you’ve tried it. No more coffee!
Now you can bring your pot of water to a boil on high heat and then turn the heat down to low immediately. Cover your pot and allow the mixture to simmer for at least 15 minutes. Then, place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl and start straining the liquid and leave out the ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Now pour the liquid back into the saucepan. It sounds complicated, but the process gets easier and quicker when you get used to it.
Froth It Up!
Once you’ve done this, start adding it to your matcha and whisk it with your match whisk until it is lump-free. Then add the coconut cream, vanilla and coconut palm sugar if you want a sweeter taste. Heat over low heat and keep whisking until the sugar is dissolved and the milk is heated through.
If you don’t own a matcha whisk, then make your morning cups of matcha in the saucepan and use a blender on low instead to combine the mixture. This will also give you a frothier drink.
If coffee is usually your go-to drink, then you need to try preparing morning cups of matcha lattes instead. You won’t look back.
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