Move over peppermint mocha… the PEPPERMINT MATCHA is here!
In all seriousness, I love chocolate and a cup of Joe as much as anyone. But this is an amazing coffee-free alternative for those of us who also happen to love matcha. It can be enjoyed warm or cold (get the cold smoothie version here) and delivers all the creamy, satisfying peppermint green tea goodness minus the refined sugar found in most coffee shop lattes! This quick homemade version makes a satisfying snack thanks to the healthy fats & collagen, too!
Mad About Matcha
Matcha is made by grinding high quality nutrient-rich green tea leaves into a fine powder. It has a beautiful green colour and a unique, complex taste, with a balance of naturally sweet, malty, bitter and earthy vegetal notes. It is packed with anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, disease-fighting phytochemicals including the subgroup of antioxidants called catechins. One particular catechin, EGCg, is widely recognized for its anti-cancer properties. Matcha is also used to induce a sense of calm while simultaneously boosting energy, concentration, memory and metabolism. How great that something so tasty can help bring the zen AND promote healthy weight control!
Collagen is a natural protein found predominantly in skin, bones, joints and ligaments as well as the digestive tract. Our bodies make collagen using specific amino acids that we consume through food. The main collagen-forming amino acids are glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less and lower-quality collagen. This contributes to the wrinkles, joint problems and reduction in bone density and metabolism that many of us have already started to experience! Research also suggests that adequate collagen is necessary to balance the gut microbiome and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
To help our bodies make collagen, we must first ensure an adequate intake of the amino acid building blocks. Good food sources include grass-fed gelatin (which is basically an easily digested cooked form of collagen), bone broth, eggs, and white fish such as cod. Vegans can get the necessary amino acids from plant-based foods such as legumes (including peanuts), soy, brewer’s yeast, and spirulina.
There are also a number of dietary collagen supplements available. While more evidence is needed, studies indicate that oral collagen may help reduce the visible signs of skin aging and improve joint and arthritis symptoms.
Recipe for Peppermint Matcha Green Tea Latte
Ingredients for 2 servings:
2 cups warm unsweetened cashew or almond milk (I used my Almond Cow to make homemade nut milk)
2 scoops or packets collagen peptides with matcha such as Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen or Crushed Tonic Matcha Crush
1 to 2 Tbsp coconut butter
1 tsp FreshCap Mushrooms Thrive 6 mushroom blend or Sun Potion reishi powder (optional)
1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract or 1 to 2 drops peppermint essential oils
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste
*Note: For a VEGAN option, omit collagen and add 1 to 2 tsp high-grade matcha powder.
Put all ingredients in blender container and blend on high until smooth. Serve & enjoy!
This recipe was first published November 29, 2017. It was updated November 25, 2018.