Well, not entirely…but, you’ll get what I mean after this post.
Coffee is notorious for its amazing energizing benefits that can really change you to a whole new person after one cup. But, did you realize that after a few hours, it could actually change you back?
Don’t get me wrong – coffee is great. The high caffeine and antioxidant content is like a dream team. In most cultures, it has become a societal norm to gravitate towards a cup of jo’ when mornings get tough. With tons of cafes and coffee shops opening up at every street corner, it has been a natural response to run in before running to your first errand of the day. But, why do you start crashing after a few hours (which, for some people become a cycle of refill their mugs to get through the day)?
Simply, caffeine is a stimulant. It would push your body to produce more adrenaline and dopamine to wake your body up. Of course, it’s only short-lived and once it starts leaving your system, your body naturally doesn’t have this high level of adrenaline and dopamine to keep you all energized…which, unfortunately causes you to crash. In particular, coffee/espresso is just a temporary relief to your problems. It’s not meant to be your best friend.
So, why do you constantly pay for something that isn’t giving you the results you want?
(Pretty much the more reliable step-sibling of your beloved coffee.)
Never heard of it? Think again.
You all know green tea. The friendly tea bag that has a long list of great benefits, such as purifying your skin and being great for weight management. Well, matcha is green tea – it’s a grind up version of the full tea leaves and yes, you do drink it as a whole. That’s why you are getting the full benefits of green tea! Steeped green tea has high levels of antioxidants they say? But, consuming matcha actually has 137x the antioxidant levels than just regularly steeping a green tea bag.
Wait a minute…doesn’t green tea/matcha have caffeine in it? Isn’t that going to give me the crash just like coffee?
You are in luck, because you have now just met your new morning drink. Yes, matcha does have caffeine in it, so you will still get the wonderful energizing effects. AND it also contains a very important animo acid that will reduce the crash. L-Theanine is abundantly found in matcha – this animo acid is known to help calm your system. The main combination of L-Theanine and caffeine will find a happy medium to slowly release the energy to your body that will make it last a lot longer to reduce any jitter and crashes. The dream combo will actually be beneficial for you help think and move more clearly (do I hear possible productivity increase?).
Don’t get me wrong. I still love a cup of coffee when I really need it. But, the benefits of matcha have been really helping me stay focused and not only be productive the first 2-3 hours of consuming a morning drink. It’s a great drink to slowly transition away from relying on caffeine to get you up for the day. Try adding matcha to your morning routine to stop the crashes before they begin!
Here’s a simple and easy matcha latte recipe that you can whip up at home:
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of matcha powder
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of milk of choice (I love using vanilla almond milk)
Pot or Milk Frother
1. Boil your water to about 80C. If it’s too hot, it will make the matcha taste bitter.
2. Put your milk on the stove top to heat up and froth up.
Turn on your milk frother and heat up that milk.
3. Whisk the matcha powder and water together until it foams up on the top layer.
4. Pour the hot milk in the cup of matcha.
5. Enjoy and wake up!
A tip on buying matcha. It’s hard to see the actual product online. I’ve been doing trial and error the past two years in finding a good quality matcha. Three things that I would look out for – 1. Is it organic? 2. Is it a bright green colour? This helps show the high chlorophyll content and quality of the matcha. 3. Is it pure matcha? Some brand would mix sugar in it to make it sweet and I personally would usually avoid this type!
My favourite brand? Do Matcha. Always consistent great quality and easy to find in most major health food stores + online!
It’s really that easy to have a better day!
While we’re on this matcha bandwagon…check out a good ol’ recipe for MATCHA CHIA PUDDING.
Have any of you tried matcha before?