Our favorite thing to wake up to in the morning: Matcha and -a-little-bit-of-everything-else too- tea! This recipe is from Laura Lee Balanced & is absolutely amazing- prior to this I was drinking just Matcha & Golden Milk – which is an awesome combo too! DO NOT feel like you need to purchase all of the below to reap the benefits. Main ingredient is Matcha- everything else is a bonus! I call it our Anti-Gremlin tea.
Side Note- At first when I saw this recipe- I was very skeptical. We actually really aren’t “supplement people”. A lot of supplements do not get absorbed in the body and it can be just a bunch of mumbo jumbo for the vitamin/supplement companies to make money- but the below supplements/herbs are tried & true- for us!
- 1 Teaspoon Matcha powder – Our favorites: DoMatcha Organic Harvest (Amazon), Mighty leaf (publix), or Motion Matcha (MotionMatcha.com)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Mucuna Pruriens
- 1/2 Teaspoon Golden Milk- Our Favorite: Gaia (turmeric, date & spice powder)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Spirulina
- 1 Teaspoon of Coconut Butter -Our Favorite: Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter
- Splash of Vanilla Extract
- 2 drops of Stevia (or to taste)
- Scoop of Vital Proteins (I put half a scoop because the flavor is a little strong for me with a whole scoop!)
–Boil 2 cups of water (or milk of your choice- we also love it with cashew. But on a regular basis we use just plain old water). Once the water is boiling, throw everything in the blender and mix it up-
- Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens aka the Velvet Bean: I have to say- we both feel a difference since adding this little herb to our tea! It contains the precursor to dopamine (L-dopa). Mucuna helps improve mood, motivation & reduces anxiety.
- Golden Milk Benefits: Contains Turmeric, Dates & herbs. Anti-inflammatory & filled with antioxidants. I actually learned about this when I worked on the Bone Marrow/Oncology unit & a whole post on turmeric benefits is a must!
- Spirulina: Bacteria aka cyanobacterium or simply put, blue green algae. Antioxidant & anti-inflammatory. Contains Phycocyanin, which fights free radicals. Spirulina can help lower LDL and triglyceride levels.
- Coconut Butter: First off, we just plain old like the taste of coconut- if I didn’t we’d likely leave this out BUT this delish Cake Batter Coconut Butter- Recommended by Laura Lee Balanced- has been life changing. Coconut butter helps with appetite control & increases energy levels because it is high in lauric acid. As a medium-chain-triglyceride, it’s structure allows our bodies to soak it up easily; therefore, in a sense, it serves as a quick source of energy. Great for digestion & combats nasty bacteria!
- Vital High Proteins (collagen peptides): Good for your joints, skin, nails & hair. Helps with digestion,and promotes satiety.
Cheers all & have A Happy Monday Night!