Remember when matcha lattes were all the buzz? If you’re a New Yorker, you probably remember Chalait.
Two years back, it was only one place in all of New York that served matcha lattes with avocado toast on the side.
Now you can order a matcha latte at virtually every coffee shop.
Here’s the thing: why would you drink a simple matcha latte, when you can make a magical, functional, adaptogenic matcha elixir? Not only it’s more frothy, creamy and delicious, but it’s also packed with healing benefits.
On days when I don’t feel like my go-to butter coffee or Mayan mocha coffee, I’ve been playing with matcha concoctions, and here’s the recipe for my favorite one so far. I used Chinese herbs and superfoods from Indigo Herbs, a UK-based brand that offers some of the highest quality botanicals and superfoods that I’ve experienced.
Here are some of the superfoods I used in this matcha elixir and their benefits:
Astralagus is a herb that promotes circulation, assists in the anti-aging process and elevates mood. It can strengthen metabolism, immunity and give you energy.
Like astragalus, ashwagandha is fantastic for overall healthy immune response. It also nourishes the thyroid and helps balance hormones.
Maca is a natural energy booster. A Peruvian herb, it’s also known to balance hormones, increase libido and stabilize blood sugar levels. It can be beneficial during PMS, menopause and in cases of PCOS (as it may control levels of estrogen in the body).
Matcha green tea powder is incredibly rich in antioxidants and is a rich source of L-Theanine, a chemical that enhances serotonin in the brain. Matcha contains 10 times the nutritional and antioxidant content as regular brewed green tea.It’s also rich in fiber, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It is said that matcha can calm your mind, boost energy and metabolism, detoxify, and help prevent heart disease. Get your matcha 101 + recipes.
Magical Matcha Latte Recipe
- 1.5 tspn. matcha powder
- 2 cups brewed Indigo Herbs astragalus tea as the base, you can also use hot boiled water
- 1 heaping TBSP. of coconut manna or coconut cream
- 2 scoops grass-fed collagen peptides (skip this to make vegetarian version)
- 1 tspn. Indigo Herbs maca powder
- 1 tpsn. Indigo Herbs Ashwagandha powder
- Optional: 1/2 tspn. vanilla powder
- Optional: 1 tspn. MCT oil
For best texture, first whisk matcha with 2 TBSP. water or astragalus tea using a bamboo whisk in a small round bowl. Then, add all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or hemp seeds.
This post features sponsored products and is in collaboration with Indigo Herbs. All opinions, as always, are my own.