Enjoy a frothy warm cup of with an extra boost of protein with this Matcha Collagen Latte recipe. Easy to make and will have you energized and ready to go for the day!
Who in this world today couldn't use a pick me up drink with extra benefits? No one. No one in this entire world could not use this drink with amazing health benefits that comes in the form of a matcha collagen latte.
If you are sick of that crash and burn and die feeling in the middle of the day after your 833 cups of morning coffee, consider giving this healthy boosting drink a try.
But first, you might be wondering if this tastes like legit grass in a cup. I don't think so. But matcha is a flavor not everyone enjoys. It is earthy and has a distinct flavor, and if you are choosing a great brand and grade you should enjoy the taste.
Matcha is delicious with a touch of sweetness and honey is my favorite. To me, matcha tastes like a stronger version of green tea, but know that adding collagen does not change the flavor or texture.
Matcha history and benefits
Matcha tea has been around for over 900 years. It was a ritualistic practice discovered by monks that they used to help them meditate for hours on end. The tea is ceremonial in itself and offers a very relaxing experience just in the process of making it.
Matcha is such an antioxidant powerhouse because it is ground from the whole leaf. Because it is made up of the leaf you are receiving 100% of the leaf’s nutritional value.
Matchasource.com even goes as far as saying that one would need to drink 10 cups of green tea to match the antioxidant value in one serving of matcha.
Even if your health is on point, our everyday environment causes free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause aging and chronic illnesses among other ailments due to their ability to damage our bodies cells.
Antioxidants are like magnets that attach to the free radicals floating around in our body. The more antioxidants you have, the more free radicals they can attach to and move on out of your body.
Energy without the Jitters
A ½ teaspoon of matcha contains around 35 mg of caffeine which is equivalent to about a half a cup of coffee. However matcha also contains the amino acid L-theanine. L- theanine and caffeine are like peanut butter and jelly.
L-theanine helps relax the body so paired with the caffeine in the matcha you get a tranquil energy that makes you feel like you can calmly tackle any project coming your way.
You can expect one cup of matcha to give you about 5 hours of sustained energy boost without the crash.
Vitamins and Minerals
Matcha contains quite a few vitamins and minerals that most people are deficient in. To name just a few, you can find selenium, zinc, magnesium and vitamin C.
Selenium helps support thyroid health, a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation in the body.
Zinc and magnesium combined together help support muscle health (ie-less muscle spasms) as well as a better night’s sleep.
Vitamin C, as well all know, helps support the immune system and fights free radicals.
Matcha helps rev your metabolism which can result in weight loss. The metabolic boost comes from the EGCG found in the tea leaves. EGCG is found to have thermogenic effects on the body.
Don’t forget because you have more energy you will also want to move more- which equals more metabolism boosting effects all from your daily pick me up drink.
Chlorophyll is anything but boring! Chlorophyll is what gives the matcha tea the green coloring. Chlorophyll has the ability to heal wounds, promote gut health, strengthen the immune system, prevent cancer, and boost the metabolism. Not to mention stellar anti aging properties. I don’t know about you but I can use all the natural, non needle full of poison, forms of anti-aging I can get!
We have covered a ton benefits of matcha tea and if those reasons aren’t enough to get your teapot out right this minute, let's talk about the collagen added to our already kick butt tea.
Collagen is an amino acid made from animals- usually bovine or marine sources. Adding a collagen supplement into your diet can improve your skin, hair and nails. Collagen also plays a role in joint health.
I have added a daily serving (11g) of collagen to my diet for 4 months now at the time of writing this post. While I wish I could say my skin is wrinkle free (it’s not) I have noticed a HUGE improvement on how my joints feel.
I no longer have nagging joint pain and my knees feel amazing when I get up from the ground! I also have some type of shoulder injury that has been around for years and when I am taking my collagen the pain is almost non existent.
Those are enough reasons to make sure I keep our kitchen stocked with collagen at all times.
Collagen powder can be added to virtually anything as it has no taste and dissolves completely. It is however my favorite when it is added to coffee, tea and smoothies. It gives an added creaminess to the drinks.
Although this is a matcha latte with collagen recipe, if you don't have collagen *yet* then you can still make this latte and reap a ton of benefits.
What kind of milk is best for matcha collagen lattes
A latte can be made with any type of milk you love. Some milks will froth differently than others but it will still taste great.
I even like this with just water, but you will definitely get a stronger taste of the matcha that way.
What is a bamboo whisk
The bamboo whisk (aka chasen) has been used for as long as matcha has been being made. And if you want to be traditional then you should use one.
However not everyone is going to have one of those so we need to talk about alternatives. Matcha is a powder and it doesn't "dissolve" into the water. It actually creates a suspension with the water.
But if you don't have a whisk you can use a blender or a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously. Obviously those are not a very soothing ritualistic way to prepare your matcha, but they will get the job done.
I prefer to use a ceremonial grade matcha tea when making my matcha collagen lattes. My favorite small business brand to buy from is Matcha is for Lovers. I have also heard amazing things about Encha Matcha.
Just remember as I mentioned earlier, the quality of the matcha is HUGE when it comes to taste and health benefits. A crappy matcha is going to taste bitter. No joy on that friends.
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