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Why I’ve Moved On To Matcha

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I’m not a big coffee drinker. Actually, I don’t drink coffee at all. My stomach made that very clear to me 2-3 years ago during my senior year of college. I’d like to think of it as a blessing for me not to be addicted like most people are. Instead, I’ve found a much better alternative for me that’s packed with a huge amount of antioxidants, healthy fats and flavor.

Matcha lattes, people. The great thing about these green drinks is that you can basically add anything you’d like to make it as tasty or as healthful as possible. I’ve experimented with this recipe several different ways and have definitely come up with my own favorite concoction.

The process is super easy, too. Once you’ve gathered all of the ingredients (which actually lasts for quite some time I might add, so you can feel less guilty about the overall price after purchase), Matcha away!

Matcha Green Tea Latté

Here are my favorite ingredients to use:

Click here for the exact recipe.

Matcha
Consuming matcha green tea powder is like consuming green tea, except in the most concentrated form. To make matcha, green tea leaves are ground into a very fine powder, leaving benefits from the entire leaf; antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids and caffeine. Catechins is one of the greatest antioxidants found in green tea and provides incredible health benefits. Catechins are also found in cocoa, beans, apples and berries. It’s very important to choose the right matcha powder, such as ceremonial grade matcha made in Japan and/or organic to ensure you’re getting the highest quality available.

Health benefits include:

  • Boosts energy
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Helps prevent cancer (click here)
  • Improves immune system function

Flavor: amplified green tea

Maca:
Maca is part of the same cruciferous vegetable family as broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage. The root, which is the edible part of the plant grows underground in Peru and is generally consumed as a powder. Like many other superfoods, it has a wide variety of health benefits and is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Maca is also an adaptogen, helping the body better adapt to stressors. It is rich in vitamin C, copper and iron.

Health benefits include:

  • Increase libido in both men and women
  • Supports hormonal balance (click here)
  • May help alleviate menopausal symptoms
  • Supports the thyroid
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increases energy, stamina, and mental clarity

Flavor: nutty, earthy

Spirulina:
After researching spirulina, it’s so clear now why it’s labeled as a superfood. Spirulina is a bacteria called cyanobacterium (a blue-green algae) that grows in freshwater around the world. It is considered to be a complete protein meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids that we need. Spirulina is also high in B vitamins, iron, and copper and a single tbsp providing 4 grams of protein! *It’s an excellent source of protein and iron for vegans or anyone looking for a meat alternative.

Health benefits include:

  • Supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut (i.e. eliminates Candida overgrowth)
  • Detoxifies heavy metals
  • Helps to purify the liver
  • Strengthens immune and nervous systems
  • Contains anti-viral and antioxidant properties
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Can lower cholesterol
  • Facilitates weight loss
  • Alleviates sinus issues
  • Speeds post-exercise recovery

Flavor: Very strong, earthy, green

Collagen Peptides:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and constitutes 70% of our skin, giving it elasticity and firmness and basically holds us together. It’s also found in our bones, tendons, blood vessels and digestive system. The production of collagen is at its highest during times of growth when bones and muscles are being formed, and reaches its peak during your 20s. As we age, we begin to produce less and less collagen, giving rise to more wrinkles, fine lines and joint pain. Other factors that may contribute to collagen degradation is excessive sun exposure, diets high in sugar, alcohol and smoking. Collagen is very high in these four amino acids– proline, glycine, glutamine and arginine with benefits like protecting the integrity of blood vessels, helping to build DNA, preventing muscle wasting and joint pain, and improving circulation.

Health benefits include:

  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Increased energy
  • Strengthens teeth and nails
  • Helps leaky gut
  • Aids in repairing joints

Flavor: Generally unflavored

Ghee:
I grew up to fear the word butter. This stemmed from my own predispositions of butter and knowing at that point its adverse affects on the heart. Now that I’m well educated on the subject, I know that there are proper (and healthy) ways to consume butter. It’s important to choose butter made from grass-fed cows as it offers a natural source of trans fat and contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), resulting in several health benefits.
Ghee however, is clarified butter. It’s prepared by melting and simmering butter until all of the water evaporates and the milk solids settle at the bottom. The milk solids are then removed, leaving healthy fats behind. Ghee is very stable when heated, is lactose-free and rich in flavor. It’s high in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), omega-fatty acids and butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier and improves digestion.

Health benefits include:

  • High smoke point
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suitable for those lactose-intolerant
  • Contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
  • Tastes rich, like butter
  • Contains butyrate, helping with detoxification and digestion

Flavor: clean, nutty, rich, deep flavor

MCT Oil:
We as a society have been misguided over the past 50 years or so when it comes to fat. In truth, there lies very little evidence to support the contention that a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat actually reduces death from heart disease or in any way increases one’s lifespan. I came across this article that completely spoke to me and totally hit the nail on the head with regards to politically correct science– aka everything I learned in college.

As mentioned above, I’ve always seemed to shy away from excess dietary fat growing up, as I’m sure many other people have as well. Ever since reducing my overall sugar intake including carbohydrates (I wasn’t eating loads of sugar to start, but definitely cut back the sugar I was eating) at the start of the New Year and started incorporating more healthy fats into my diet, I noticed a world of difference. I have felt amazing– more energy, less cravings, increased fitness gains, less bloat, it’s truly been polar opposite to the stomach issues I’ve experienced the past several years.

MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid providing numerous health benefits to the body. Coconut oil is a rich source, comprising up to 65% of MCTs. MCTs are metabolized differently than long-chain fatty acids and go straight to the liver for rapid absorption– used for immediate energy or turned into ketones to be used as an alternate fuel source for the brain. This way, they’re less likely to be stored as fat.

MCT oil is a highly concentrated source of medium-chain triglycerides.

Health benefits include:

  • Increased satiety, or feelings of being full
  • Increased weight loss
  • Supportive of gut environment
  • Contains antioxidant properties
  • Helps improve energy levels

If anyone has any questions or would like to share what they enjoy in their own Matcha lattés, I’m all ears! 🙂

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56 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan
    February 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Hi!!! I’m curious about the over all flavor and texture of this Matcha Latte. Curious but scared to try. 😜

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 2, 2017 at 3:43 am

      It’s definitely a more concentrated green tea flavor, but with the added ghee and almond milk its more creamy 🙂 Let me know if you end up trying!

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    Emily
    February 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Love this post! I was literally thinking this morning how I am starting to not love the idea of drinking coffee first thing every morning anymore and wanted to replace it with something healthy. Perfect timing – I’m totally trying this tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 2, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Yay, I’m so excited!! 🙂 Let me know how you like it

  • Reply
    Haylie
    February 2, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Thanks for sharing! My stomach also can’t handle coffee. Can you share some matcha powders that you’d recommend? Where do you typically buy these ingredients?

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    Rachel
    February 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for this! I had a question about coconut oil. I’ve read a lot about it and I was wondering if you think there are differences in types of coconut oils? Ex. refined v unrefined, virgin v extra virgin, cold v expeller pressed. Which is best for weight loss?

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    Kirsten
    February 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Can you add links to where you purchase your products? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

      Most of them are mentioned above in the ingredients I used 🙂

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    Allison
    February 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This looks killer. Thanks for the background for each of the ingredients. Super helpful!

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    Cat
    February 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I love matcha and spirulina but have yet to try maca– thanks for the info! I’ll have to try that next!

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    February 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I’m on a matcha kick right now 🙂 so good and good for you.

  • Reply
    Mora Holmgren-Ly
    February 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Hoping to win some #crazyrichardspb to try! 😊

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    kristine
    February 11, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    yes love matchaa 😍 unsure if we’re supposed to comment here for hashtags #rootznutrition insta:steenieeeeee_

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    Danie
    February 11, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Omg ALSO totally into matcha recently. So frothy and gooood. And def commenting again for you bday giveaway because thOse #rootznutrition goods look amaze.

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    Lauren
    February 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I just bought some from Trader Joe’s – now I’m curious if it’s pure! I’m headed to Japan soon so will definitely have to get the real stuff there! Do you know if it has caffeine and how much?

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Yes, there is caffeine! It should say on the package how much per serving 🙂

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    Haley Bremkamp
    February 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I recently started drinking matcha as well for the same reason. My stomach does not like coffee and I feel that matcha gives you more bang for your buck! I haven’t expanded my drinks last matcha powder and hot water haha I love the idea of adding maca (I recently started to add that to my smoothies). Defineirlt going to be trying this!!

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    Carrie Starbuck
    February 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I got the MRM Nutrition Matcha powder about a month ago and still trying to perfect the latte, but I love Matcha and all the health benefits!! What would you recommend adding as a sweetener so it’s not so plain? #Rootznutritionproducts 🙋🏽

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:38 am

      Lots of cinnamon!! 🙂 and some vanilla

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    Sidney
    February 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Definitely going to try this recipe!! I am definitely going to make the switch to matcha because I mean look at those benefits!! So much better than coffee. Thanks Rachael! #theinspiralizerandtote

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    Anna
    February 11, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I’m so appreciative of this post as I’m getting so sick of relying on coffee to get me through the morning only to find that I have to keep making more cups throughout the day to stay functional. It doesn’t even work for me anymore and only leaves me with stomach aches! I’m really trying to familiarize myself with some alternative and this sounds great. I was thinking that I need to educate myself on the ingredients but you’ve already got everything up🙌🏻I’m planning to buy the stuff I don’t yet have and hope that it’ll be something I replace coffee with😋Thanks so much for sharing!

    In terms of the giveaway #theinspiralizer
    #rootznutrition

    On another note, happy birthday! ❣️

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:36 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the article! 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes! <3

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    February 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I have been wanting to try matcha and possibly substitute it for my current coffee habit. Thanks for sharing your recipe and all the health benefits!

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    Juliana Kane
    February 12, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Love this! I have been trying to find a replacement for my morning coffee (that I am ADDICTED to) for a while now! Think I might give this a chance, sounds delicious 🙂

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    Heather York
    February 12, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I may have to try this now!

  • Reply
    Heather York
    February 12, 2017 at 12:44 am

    #paleosuperfood

  • Reply
    Tori
    February 12, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Coffee is so bad for my acid reflux! I think you just inspired me to switch to matcha! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:33 am

      You’re so welcome, let me know how you like it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Katelyn Murray
    February 12, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Hi Rachael! I’ve always been curious about Matcha so I really appreciate this post! What brand of Matcha do you recommend? Thank you so much! Love your blog!

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

      I use MRM Nutrition or I’ve heard Matcha Full is also great 🙂

  • Reply
    anniegis4me
    February 12, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Rooting for that #rootznutrition!

  • Reply
    Amanda carey
    February 12, 2017 at 1:07 am

    All I want for ya birthday is a big booty.. #makingitgrain tote 🤘🏻

  • Reply
    Valerie S.
    February 12, 2017 at 1:33 am

    I follow you on Instagram and have learned so much from you! Thanks for all the great information! I work in healthcare and the dietitians I work with don’t compare to you! Looking forward to incorporating some of the ingredients you use into my daily routine!

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      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:29 am

      You are too sweet!!! This means a lot, thank you so much 🙂

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    Kelsey
    February 12, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Super informative. I’ve been wondering the difference between matcha and Maca powder this cleared it up completely. Does the maca have a taste at all? So much goodness is one drank 👌🏼

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      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Yes, Maca has somewhat of a nutty earthy taste to me!

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    Claudia
    February 12, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Great post! Love that You include all these amazing products in one power drink! I’m definitely trying this instead of coffee before my dance classes and rehearsals !
    Thanks for sharing and happy birthday 🙂 #theinspiralizer

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Yay let me know how you like it!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 12, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Love EVERYTHING about this! Thanks for sharing all the info 🙂

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    Lilly Skodras
    February 12, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I made a matcha latte earlier this evening and this recipe looks WAY more lit! Loving your site so far, and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks! #rootznutrition

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:27 am

      Aw thank you so much!!! 🙂

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    Maddie
    February 12, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I love making matcha lattes in the winter! I usually just use coconut milk and matcha powder but I now I want to make smoothies with it! I would love to win #rootznutrition paleo preworkout & chocolate banana nut paleo protein powder to add to my matcha madness of a smoothie! Happy birthday btw 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    February 12, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I have always loved green tea in the morning, but because of you have recently become the biggest fan of matcha and collagen peptides. They’re truly the perfect mid-day treat and lasting energy boost, so thanks for sharing. Also, happy birthday! I would love to win the #rootznutrition pre-workout and protein powder.

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    Amy Fox
    February 12, 2017 at 4:50 am

    This latte sounds amazing! I think I’m gonna have to try it!

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    Flavia
    February 12, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Hi Rachael! I love all your post and I follow your Instagram stories. Thank you for sharing all the stuff that you do!
    I also have a lot of stomach problems and I am always tired and have been trying a lot of different things. What brands do you recommend when buying the above ingredients. Also, do you take any probiotics, or drink apple cider vinegar to help with stomach issues? And have you heard of Pau D’arco tea and do you recommend it?

    Thanks you’re the awesome!

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      February 15, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Thank you so much!! I use MRM Nutrition for Matcha, Spirulina and Maca powder, Bulletproof for the MCT/Brain Octane oil, and Fourth and Heart ghee. I do take probiotics! I take Silverfern. I also like to add a shot of apple cider vinegar to hot water and Natural Calm Lemon magnesium at night to drink like a tea. I have not heard of Pau D’arco.

      Have a great day! 🙂

  • Reply
    Anita
    February 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I love matcha! Would love to win #rootznutrition

  • Reply
    Hannah
    February 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Went to Trader Joe’s and got everything I needed for this this week! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Hannah
    February 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    #peanutbutter 😋😋

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    meena arukala
    February 13, 2017 at 2:01 am

    This is going in right now. 😉 I can see Matcha lattes definitely replacing my daily coffee routine 🙂 Thanks for your easy and healthy recipes and the knowledge you share. Sharing is caring 🙂

    #theinspiralizer #inspiralizer
    IG Profile: stop_reading_this_

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      meena arukala
      February 13, 2017 at 2:02 am

      And Happy Birthday Rachael 🙂 hope you had a blast.

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    Arianna Barrio
    February 13, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I am so obsessed with your matcha latte recipe! I never really liked coffee, to begin with so having another option besides spark ( which i use for energy) is so nice. Especially when I know it’s beneficial..not to mention so extremely YUMMY! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!! #rootznutrition :):)

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    Kelly Ferster
    March 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I like to make a matcha smoothie and it always tastes so good with spinach, matcha, blueberries, banana, and some protein. Sooo rich and creamy. I’ve actually never had a matcha smoothie but I think I should! Love your posts

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      Rachael Devaux
      March 15, 2017 at 1:24 am

      A matcha smoothie sounds amazing, I’ve never had one!!!

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