I am not always a trend follower when it comes to all the fancy powders and potions in the world of wellness but as someone who has been looking for a less filling but sustaining breakfast to suit my get-up-and-go lifestyle of late (a-la bulletproof coffee) I decided to jump on the super-food fortified beverage bandwagon.
This creamy, earthy, sustaining iced matcha latte is packed with all the things that make me feel my best plus a few new additions that I am still experimenting with. I love it because if I drink it in the morning before I run off to teach yoga it keeps me full and full of energy well after class without weighing me down (and if you practice hot yoga, you know how important that is). As always I encourage you to make this recipe your own - if you don't have all the superfoods I list below use what you have, what you know makes you feel your best, or heck, skip them all together - because as I say, " all plant foods are superfoods.".
Here's what I've got goin' on:
Matcha Green Tea Powder: Clean caffeine and rich in antioxidants. Unlike coffee, the energy you get from matcha is a slow build rather than a buzz. In my own personal experience I do feel better after drinking high quality matcha vs. coffee; it feels more "natural" and less intense.
TBH, matcha was never my favorite flavor but I've been enjoying baking with it lately (check out my matcha tea cake and matcha pancakes) so I decided to try my darnedest to make a delicious drink - and I hit it out of the park with this, if I do say so myself. I am not sure how lovely this would taste hot but I really enjoy it as a cold beverage.
MTC or Coconut Oil: MTC or medium-chain triglycerides is a type of fatty-acid most commonly found in coconut oil that helps to sustain energy and control hunger. Now, if you follow my blog you'll know I am not a huge fan of processed/refined foods - and yea, if you didn't know, oils are just that! I was interested in experimenting with MTC oil as I work to balance my hormones due to some long term symptoms I've been experiencing - more on that in a future post - but I do love how rich and creamy the oil makes this drink plus it adds a hit of calories which is what helps to keep me full. Due to the link between oils like this and certain popular means of weight loss I do want to say: I think the 'keto' diet is absolutely absurd - you can't restrict an entire macronutrient group and expect to gain any long term benefits. Just eat real food.
Ashwagandha Powder: This was another thing I incorporated into my diet in an attempt to balance out my hormones and reduce my bodies reactions to stress. It is relatively flavorless so it doesn't add anything there but I do love it's supposed benefits which include...
- Supports a healthy immune system*1, 2
- Calms mental processes*2
- Fosters healthy sleep patterns*1
- Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females*3, 4
- Supports sustained energy levels, strength, and vitality, including with physical activity*
- Supports a healthy back and joints*3
- Promotes thyroid health*
- Promotes healthy functioning of the adrenals*
*info from Banyan botanicals
My personal jury is still out on if ashwagandha is helping any or if it's more of a placebo but with roots in ayruveda (a yogi's healthcare system of choice) I like to think it is.
Maca Powder: The yin to ashwagandha's yang. It's an adaptogen meaning it can help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job or illness. This root like vegetable in powder form is one of the most popular superfoods around and it's no wonder why with benefits like enhanced energy, mood, memory and it's help in boosting female and male sex hormones.
As noted above, please take away or add anything you feel would make this latte something that feels good in your body - there's plenty of adaptogenic powders and superfood potions out there now and a recipe like this is a great way to experiment with them to see how/if they benefit you!
Makes: One 16oz. serving (or two 8oz. servings) • Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 14-16 oz. unsweetened plant based milk (I used almond)
- 1.5 tsp. ceremonial grade matcha powder
- 1 tsp. MTC oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. ashwaganda powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. maca powder (optional)
- Sweetener to taste (I used a bit of liquid stevia but maple syrup or agave are both great additions)
- Dash of cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom or adaptogenic superfood powder (optional)
- 4-6 ice cubes
Pro-Tip: For a slightly less filling beverage, you can cut the amount of plant based milk in half and sub water - the result will be slightly less creamy but still delicious.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the ice and combine on high until well combined and frothy - apx. 30 seconds.
Add ice cubes to a glass and pour your latte over- you should have a nice layer of foam at the top. Enjoy slowly!