Matcha Collagen Latté
Matcha is a powerful superfood. It is 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 it’s antioxidant offerings. One of, if not thee most, powerful antioxidant (one serving contains 137 times more antioxidants than a single cup of green tea). Antioxidants are the body’s defence against chemical compounds that play a role in disease formation and accelerate the aging process. More over, matcha is a wonderful immunity booster and detoxifier.
Collagen, the most abundant protein found in the human body. I use collagen for it's generous affects on bones, skin, hair and internal tissue structure. As mentioned, collagen is the most plentiful protein in our bodies and is an essential building block for tissues, organs, joints, muscles, tendons, skin etc. When it comes to the gut, collagen can help support and strengthen the internal lining of our digestive tract. A strong lining of the gut, prevents particles and allergens from seeping through and entering the blood stream. Concerning women, our bodies significantly slow down the production of collagen in our mid to late 20's. After 30 years of age, we stop producing collagen all together and existing levels begin to decline.
With that said, find the recipe below (along with tips and tricks), for my Matcha Collagen Latté.
Matcha collagen Latte
1 cup of unsweetened oat milk
½ tsp of matcha powder
1 tsp - 1 heaping tbsp of grade A maple syrup- to taste (the darker the syrup the better - more nutrients, less processing)
1 tbsp of MCT oil (if you are new to MCT oil, you’ll want to start off with ½ tsp and work your way up gradually. Otherwise, it can be hard on your stomach and will feel uncomfortable)
1 scoop of collagen powder
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 favourite mug and enjoy.
Store your matcha in the fridge for 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 (necessary for bodily function but is not a nutrient the body can produce on it’s own- EAA’s need to be consumed in the form of food or supplements), is also critical in the production and formation of collagen. When supplementing, it’s never a good idea to isolate a particular EAA, (they work best in combination with each other) so be sure to buy a supplement or collagen powder that includes a profile of all eight EAA’s. My go to is, Genuine Health’s ‘Clean Collagen’.
To attain the perfect foam consistency, be sure to add MCT oil and blend for at least 30 seconds on medium to high power. After pouring into your mug and with control, firmly tap the bottom of your mug on the surface of your counter. Repeat this motion several times or until all the large visible bubbles have popped and only the micro, dense bubbles remain.