Happy return of the light... We've moved through solstice and the light is growing each day.
Still, it's cold and there are many winter days ahead. On cold days where my motivation needs support, I've been digging this delicious matcha cacao latte. Maybe you'd enjoy it too. It's cozy, comforting and rich and also invigorating and clarity enhancing.
I love it when medicine converges with deliciousness and beauty...
Matcha - gorgeous, vibrant grass green, has been used ceremonially in Japan for around 800 years.
She has a beautiful mix of L-Theanine to create a feeling of calm, enough caffeine to give a lift, and phytonutrients to nourish your cells. The combo of caffeine & L-Theanine that we find in green tea imparts a relaxed sort of awareness so you feel clear and productive. Matcha has way more antioxidants gram for gram than most other superfoods (like açai or goji berries). It has an antioxidant in the catechin family called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which has cell protective effects and supports healthy weight balance, cardiovascular health, blood sugar balance, and memory.
Use 100% organic ceremonial grade matcha without additives, make sure there's no sugar. You can even use a matcha + medicinal mushroom blend!
Raw Cacao - abundant in magnesium, a little caffeine for a lift, rich in antioxidants, a good source of plant-based iron & calcium and ahhhh that rich flavor.
Use organic raw cacao with no additives. I've tried many kinds, and my absolute favorite is Navitas brand.
You can make this with dairy milk (use whole, organic, non-homogenized or raw)
OR use homemade or store-bought almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup milk of your choice
1 teaspoon matcha
2 teaspoons raw cacao (use less if you want to taste the matcha more and cacao less)
1 teaspoon raw honey (add once the tea is in your cup and not steaming hot - honey should never be cooked)
Heat water and milk in a small sauce pan
Turn off heat and add matcha & cacao powders
Whisk well with a small whisk
Pour into your favorite mug or tea bowl
Add honey when it's cool enough to drink