Have you tried Matcha? What about Adaptogens? Have you heard of adaptogens?
While 80 percent of the time I believe in wellness by means of simplicity, sometimes I do like to enjoy some of the extra bits. While there isn’t any thing fancy about normal green tea, Matcha green tea has become increasingly popular and trendy in recent years. Matcha has many reported benefits, the main one being its super concentrated dose of antioxidants in comparison to other foods and teas. While I do enjoy it and love the taste, It doesn’t typically replace coffee for me. There is something so ritualistic about the smell and taste of coffee in the morning, however, sometimes I opt for a good ol’ Matcha instead.
Another wellness trend over recent time has been the rise of adaptogens; plant-based foods that are supposed to promote a return to homeostasis and improve your body’s ability to, well, adapt to stressors. Adaptogens themselves aren’t a new thing; they’ve been a part of eastern ancient medicine for quite a long time. They come in the form of mushrooms, herbs, flowers, or other plants and have different reported individual tasks — with the reduction of bodily stress as the main theme. I don’t like to rely on adaptogens as part of my daily habit and routine as I try to live and influence others to seek a life of simple wellness. That being said, I have tried and experimented a few of them and have had good results; So I do like to use them as nutritional support from time to time. For instance, Reishi- a mushroom- can help calm anxiety and restlessness, so if I’m feeling a little overwhelmed I like to supplement with some in my coffee. When my skin is acting up, Ashwagandha helps calm the breakout and reduce my stress resulting from said breakout.
I think this is a good moment though, to side-note about supplements. I can be tough to navigate the supplement scene when you observe others using certain products as part of their daily life. Remember that supplements are for doing what their name says: supplementing your daily habits and nutrition. If you feel the need to rely on a supplement to survive, you may want to explore the deeper roots of how you’re feeling and what your body is experiencing. Thats not to say that there aren’t situations of which consistent supplementation is necessary and advantageous, because there are certainly plenty. I just suggest you be mindful of your supplement usage. While there are many supplement companies/businesses out there with great and authentic intentions, at the end of the day, it is still an industry and your daily and consistent usage of their product is their goal. The marketing of adaptogens is done in a much more artistic and sneaky way (I.e. instagram) making its seem even more enticing to run out and buy all the adaptogens you can. I encourage you to do your own research about their different uses and benefits! Every one and body is different!
But back to the latte:
For this one, I used Ashwagandha and Maca. Both of these adaptogens are shown to help control the stress response in your body and in turn lower your cortisol levels. Studies have shown the reported benefits of each:
- Reduction of cortisol
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
- Improved thyroid function
- Lowered cholesterol
- Improved immune function,
- Increased energy and stamina
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Boosts Energy Levels
- Balances Estrogen Levels
- Support for Female Reproductive Health
- Boosts Male Fertility
For added antioxidant power, I added a dusting of chlorella and cacao powder to the foam. Both foods are rich in polyphenols and both have their own beneficial vitamin and mineral content as well.
Again, while these supplements make a delicious and boosting addition to the latte, they are not by any means necessary. If you make a latte simply out of matcha, honey, milk, and coconut oil you’ll still end up with a pretty awesome cup of matcha happiness.
See below for the recipe! If you give this a try and snap a pic, be sure sure to tag me on Instagram, @mindingmysoul!
(Optionally) Adaptogenic Matcha Latte
- 1 tsp fine matcha powder
- 12 oz almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp ashwagandha
- 1/2 tsp maca
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- 1 spoonful coconut oil
- Cacao powder (for dusting)
- Chlorella (for dusting)
- Heat almond milk on stove or in microwave.
- In a blender or frother, combine matcha, milk, honey, ashwagandha, maca, collagen, and coconut oil.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour into mug of choice, then dust the foam with chlorella and Cacao.