Matcha Collagen Latte

Nutrient Profile

Matcha is a powerful superfood. It’s the entire green tea leaf in powder form and thus, contains all the nutritional benefits the whole food has to offer. I use it primarily for mental focus and memory, alertness, stamina, and antioxidants. One serving contains 137 times more antioxidants than a single cup of green tea, making it one of the most powerful antioxidants around. Antioxidants are the body’s defense against chemical compounds which play a major role in disease formation and/or accelerate the aging process. Matcha is also a wonderful immune booster and detoxifier.

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. I use collagen for its generous effects on bones, skin, hair, and internal tissue structure. Because collagen is the most plentiful protein within our bodies, it’s an essential building block for tissues, organs, joints, muscles, tendons, skin, etc. When it comes to the gut, collagen can help strengthen and support the internal lining of our digestive tract. A strong gut lining prevents particles and allergens from seeping through and entering the bloodstream. As far as women are concerned, our bodies significantly slow down the production of collagen in our mid to late 20s. After 30, we stop producing collagen altogether and existing levels begin to decline.

With that said, find the recipe below (along with tips and tricks), for my Matcha Collagen Latté. 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of unsweetened oat milk 
  • ½ tsp of matcha powder
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbsp of maple syrup/raw honey- to taste (the darker the maple the more nutrients dense it will be)
  • 1 tsp of MCT oil or coconut butter (if MCT oil is new, start with ½ tsp and gradually increase to 1 tsp. otherwise, it can be hard on your stomach and feel uncomfortable)
  • 1 scoop of collagen powder

The Method

In a small pot, heat up 1 cup of oat milk. Do not boil (it will damage the matcha’s powerful properties). Pour heated milk into a blender. Add remaining ingredients. Blend on medium to high power for 30-45 sec. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Tips!

  • Store your matcha in the freezer for optimal freshness and longevity
  • Vitamin C is an essential component of collagen formation. Supplementing with vitamin C is always a good idea, especially if you are expecting to benefit from collagen supplementation.
  • Tryptophan (an essential amino acid) is also critical for collagen production and formation. It’s one of the 9 EAAs (necessary for life but our bodies are unable to produce them without food or supplementation). When supplementing, it’s never a good idea to isolate amino acids, they are safest in combination with each other. Look for a collagen powder with a full amino acid profile.
  • To attain the perfect foam consistency, be sure to add MCT oil or coconut butter and blend for at least 45 seconds at medium to high speed.

With love,

Carter

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