Stress Reducing Iced Matcha Latte
My love for coffee has been overthrown and this iced matcha latte is the new star.
As a graduate student with a full-time job, (not to mention being a Portlander) to say I drank a lot of coffee is an understatement. Coffee was my cozy morning go-to, it was my afternoon pick me up and my evening perk to get me through work before I crashed into bed.
But of course, the steady IV of coffee was not without its consequences. Large doses of caffeine inherently stimulate neuron activity in the brain. Each cup of joe sends messages to the pituitary gland to pump out adrenaline and cortisol - the stress hormone. This combination of coffee and chronic stress -- the regular spikes in cortisol that many of us experience on a daily basis-- bore a heavy weight on my adrenal system.
So after a few particularly grueling weeks of high stress (thank you, condensed summer courses), I decided it was time to cut back on the coffee and find something more sustainable to fill my mug.
Matcha is a traditional form of green tea hailing from ancient Japanese and Chinese cultures. The deep green, young tea leaves are plucked, dried, steamed and ground into a fine powder. Because the entire leaf is consumed, the health benefits of matcha is tenfold when compared to steeping-style teas.
Matcha contains large amounts of antioxidants and chlorophyll, both of which are shown to support a healthy immune system. The big guns against stress in matcha are its high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid that has been studied for its positive effects on brain health, anxiety and cortisol reduction. Studies have shown that the synergistic effects of L-theanine and caffeine in matcha support calm energy, sustained focus, alertness, and relaxation.
Needless to say, this matcha latte was the obvious replacement I needed for coffee. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to switch. It only takes a minute to whip up and is packed with good fats from coconut milk and coconut oil, the moringa powder adds more antioxidants, fiber as well as a great plant-based source of vitamin B12.
Those benefits paired with all the goodies matcha carries has been a godsend to my 6 AM. After a week of subbing matcha for coffee, I’ve noticed a more stable, clean energy guiding me throughout my morning and into the rest of the day.
This recipe is part of my Unstressed Recipe book, a guide of twelve recipes intended to normalize cortisol levels, lower anxiety, and reduce stress while boosting the immune system, enhancing energy, mood, and focus. Download it for free here!
TLDR; matcha is really good for reducing stress when compared to coffee and this recipe is a delicious way to incorporate it into your daily life
Stress Reducing Iced Matcha Latte
Matcha is a wonderful stress reducing alternative to coffee that provides a more stable, clean energy to guide you throughout your morning and into the rest of the day. This iced latte only takes a minute to whip up and is packed with good fats from coconut milk and coconut oil, the moringa powder adds more antioxidants, fiber as well as a great plant-based source of vitamin B12.
Makes: Serves 2
Cook time: 7 Minutes
- 1 ½ cups full fat coconut milk (about 1 can)
- 2 ½ teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- ½ teaspoon moringa powder
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Warm milk in a in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add matcha, honey, moringa powder, coconut oil and vanilla until well incorporated.
- Using an immersion or high-power blender, carefully blend on medium speed, moving blade up and down through the mixture, until foamy, about 30 seconds. (Alternatively, whisk vigorously.)
- Transfer mixture to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold and latte is frothy, 30 seconds. Using a cocktail strainer or slotted spoon to hold back ice while allowing foam and small ice chips to pass through, pour into a tall, ice-filled glass.