Sorry friends for being MIA the last month. A few things have shifted in my life this past month and I was feeling the need to re-evaluate my blog and what I was doing with my nutrition practice. The summarized conclusion is that though I LOVE herbs and all they do, right now I need to focus more on nutrition from a whole foods basis. And while herbs are part of that Whole, they are just that, part of it. I want to focus more on the larger whole and writing more about that, example, good fats and proteins, why calorie counting is no good, what exercise does for our bodies and when it can be in our best interest to NOT do that HIIT workout. Those kinds of things. So in the following weeks my intentions are to post more of that content with some herbal stuff sprinkled in here and there. What do you think? Are you feelin’ that? I know I am!
Now on to today’s post… a few of you know that I decided to do an elimination diet lately and I am just finishing up the reintroduction phase, and feeling good and excited to be done. In that process I had to give up my one and only coffee. Ugh! One of the harder things I have had to do, and it never gets easier. So this time I decided to lean on matcha lattes for my morning hot drink ritual. I know there are a lot of matcha lovers out there and a lot of recipes for how to make yours. So I thought I would jump in on that conversation and share mine, since I know a lot of people have asked me lately about it. I call mine the Mexican Matcha Latte because I add a little cinnamon to mine, kinda like a Mexican hot chocolate or horchata, plus, I am Mexican! Hehe! It’s pretty good!
The Mexican Matcha Latte
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Califia) or coconut milk*
1 tsp to 1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp honey or maple (optional)
1 tsp coconut butter (optional)***
- Add milk to small sauce pan and heat on medium on the stovetop.
- With a small sieve (I use this) put your matcha and sift it into the milk. This just makes sure you don’t have clumps of matcha stuck at the bottom of your drink. You don’t want that, it’s such a sad waste of deliciousness. I promise this makes a world of difference!
- add in the rest of your ingredients and whisk up with a matcha whisk (like this) or I use an electric whisk that I love.
- Let it come to temperature (170 degrees is best) but I honestly just eyeball mine and get it right before it boils. Don’t let it boil though.
* If you don’t use or have the vanilla milk, no problem, simply use 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to your mix. I just try to make it as simple for myself as I can and the unsweetened vanilla just eliminated one more step for me in the morning.
** Yes, it’s worth spending the money to get your ceremonial matcha. When I first started out I just bought the cheap for food-grade matcha and let me tell you, you have to use SO much more of it to get it to taste like matcha. So you really aren’t saving any money. SO buy the good stuff! It’s worth it.
*** The coconut butter adds a nice creaminess to the drink. I don’t always add it, but sometimes I do, I would definitely try it and see what you think. If I do this, I don’t add the coconut oil, but you can do both, there’s nothing wrong with this.