FOOD AS MEDICINE:
Matcha is a powdered form of a Japanese green tea that is grown in shade to increase certain properties and make the taste more smooth with a less astringent aftertaste. Matcha is a ground powder of the entire leaf of tea which is consumed whole rather than steeping the leaf and discarding, which allows for about 10 times the nutritional boost. The use of shade in the growing process increases production of caffeine and l-theanine, a natural mood stabilizer. Matcha can be a therapeutic intervention for depression, anxiety and adrenal fatigue as well as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and beyond.
1tsp matcha mixed with 1 oz water, made into a paste
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp coconut oil
optional: 1 scoop gelatin powder
Mix the matcha powder with 1 oz water until fully combined. This will form a paste or slurry.
Heat the coconut milk and water over medium heat until just before boiling. Blend with matcha slurry, cinnamon, ginger, and coconut oil in vitamix as well as the gelatin if using.
Note: Gelatin is a therapeutic food that aids in healing the gut, tightening connective tissue in joints, hair, skin and nails. Gelatin will not have a noticeable texture when a beverage is hot, but it will start to become a bit goopy/gelatinous if you allow the latte to cool too much!
Makes 1 serving
Nutrition facts serving: 153 Calories, 19g Fat, 8g Carbohydrates, 1g Protein
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Check out our blog post on the benefits of matcha as well as other ways to incorporate this superfood into your diet!