The Perfect Adaptogenic Matcha Latte
By Lauren Jacoby
After much trial and error, I am very excited to share my perfect adaptogenic Matcha latte. As an avid tea drinker, I enjoy the many benefits of Matcha. Not only does Matcha have caffeine to replace your daily coffee, but it also is said to help detoxify your body and boost your metabolism, prevent disease, aids in concentration, and relaxes the body along with many other benefits (here). Along with my daily Matcha, I use my two favorite adaptogenic powders. Adaptogens are herbs that claim to help your body naturally adapt to your everyday life. Each herb claims to provide different health benefits. The Reishi powder that I use has a variety of different claimed benefits including added immunity, stress relief, anti-inflammatory properties, lowered blood pressure, antioxidant and many more ( here).
However, the main reason that I enjoy it is because of the peaceful and calming feelings that it provides. I usually drink it in the morning before a long day, and I can really feel myself more relaxed and able to deal with common stressors more throughout the day. The other powder that I use is the He Shou Wu powder. This powder claims to help with hair nourishment, cold resistance, promotion of red blood cells, increased antioxidant activity, and many more benefits (here). However, the main quality that I enjoy is the nourishment of hair and skin. I have noticed a small improvement in my skin quality, however I really feel like my hair has been growing faster than usual. I have been using each of these powders for about a month now, so I hope to see even more of their benefits in the long-term. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do!
1 cup of Milk (can be substituted for non-dairy milk options)
1 teaspoon of Matcha (I use Mighty Leaf Organic Matcha)
½ teaspoon of Sun Potion Reishi Powder
½ teaspoon of Sun Potion He Shou Wu Powder
1 teaspoon of 100% Pure Maple Syrup
Heat milk on stovetop (the microwave also works if you are on the go)
Pour milk and the rest of the ingredients into a blender
Blend for about 30 seconds, or until froth develops
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
Photographed by Lauren Jacoby