For a long time (and, in spite of a coffee-addicted boyfriend), I had managed to rein in my caffeine addiction. However, since Ezra, my third boy, was born, my life has become more and more hectic.
Ever since, I’ve found myself relying on coffee as a prop – and I know that I’m not the only one out there!. Sleepless night? No problem, coffee can come to the rescue! Deadline to hit? No worries, coffee is on-hand. Feeling rough? Yep, you guessed it…coffee!
The problem is, I didn’t – and I still don’t – feel any better for it. In fact, I started to feel increasingly dependent on my caffeine hit, and my hormones have been haywire.
Now, I’m not naive enough to think that coffee alone can cause crazy hormones (I think this is mainly due to having had so many babies in such a short space of time!). Yet, it doesn’t help. In fact, studies have shown that drinking coffee during times of stress (does breaking up fights over Batman count as stressful??) can result in over-production of cortisol, our stress hormone.
Slowly but surely, I’ve begun to wean myself off coffee, and onto matcha – wonderful, vibrant, healthy matcha! For those of you who are yet to be convinced, matcha is pretty much the healthiest version of green tea you can buy, and one of the healthiest drinks around.
If you want to know more, I’ve written a whole blog on it for Lucy Bee (click here), but all you really need to know is that it’s high in anti-oxidants, can help to create a sense of calm (this is thanks to a special amino acid known as L-Theanine), boosts energy levels, and can even help with memory and concentration. Something I’ve struggled with ever since becoming a mum!
This easy Matcha Latte is my favourite way to enjoy this amazing powder, and it has now become my go-to drink in the morning. Perfect for some rocket fuel!
Easy Matcha Latte
- Serves 1
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Gently heat the milk in a pan (careful, you don’t want it too hot else it can ruin the matcha powder!), then place in a blender and whizz until smooth and frothy. Alternatively, if you have a milk steamer, use this.
- Using a bamboo whisk, whisk in the matcha and the vanilla until smooth and lump-free. Stir in the sweetener, if using, then pour into a mug and drink while still warm.