It all started last year.
Following all these health gurus and forever finding fun, healthy recipes, I was seeing matcha everywhere. At first I didn’t really get it…Is it tea? Coffee? What is this magical powder people are obsessed with?
I finally decided to try this new drink when visiting a local coffee shop, Odd’s Cafe. They have something called the “Dream Latte” made with matcha, honey, and a hint of lavender. And that was it. I was hooked.
After a few more trips, I decided to ask the barista if they sell their matcha powder like they do other loose leaf teas, and I was in luck! I knew I needed a good quality green tea powder and how perfect that they could sell me some of their whole sale matcha.
So, I took the powder home and…was really unsure of what to do with it. Until my dear friend Jorja decided to get me the sweetest gift ever for Christmas, a matcha set.
I quickly learned how to make my own frothy matcha drink and naturally started drinking it every day! I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it through a school day without coffee at first, but I remember being surprised by the end of that day that I didn’t even miss it.
Over time, I started to see lots of benefits of switching out my usual morning coffee drink with matcha. And while I occasionally have a cup of coffee, I don’t see myself going back to it any time soon.
1. No Morning Jitters
I used to think this was such a benefit of coffee. I would get a kickstart to my day and have lots of energy when my students came in. But when I stepped away and didn’t have coffee for a while, I saw how much my body changed just from a small cup. I would be antsy and have to keep moving, my brain would move way too fast but not in a clear direction, and I even…was sweating more than usual.
But with matcha, there is a much lower amount of caffeine so that I don’t feel this jolt of energy. Instead, there is a slower burning energy that keeps you going throughout the day. Which also means…
2. No Afternoon Crash
This was so common on a typical workday that I thought it was just normal. I never thought it had to do with my morning cup. But when I accidentally stopped drinking it, I noticed that my afternoons went much more smoothly, especially if I had a lunch full of veggies and not many carbs.
Sure, sometimes I’m just exhausted from a busy day, but I’m not always crashing in the early afternoon, ready for the day to be over.
3. I’m Not Reliant on a Substance
It sounds a little dramatic, but I know plenty of people who feel like they can’t survive without coffee. I know I was worried about that at first, too. I even have friends and coworkers who will get headaches because they hadn’t had any coffee yet. I know there are lots of great benefits of coffee, but that kind of relationship can’t be healthy.
My amazing boyfriend, Elliot, on the other hand, never has coffee before work. He just gets up and goes. I’m forever impressed with the amount of energy he has in the mornings. But I think it has a lot to do with the lack of coffee in his life. Because he rarely drinks it, his body energizes itself all on it’s own.
And there may be many reasons for this shift, but I have become much more of a morning person than I used to be. I truly believe that part of that has to do with matcha.
4. My Anxiety Has Decreased
Again, there are a few reasons why this has changed too. But when I had my first cup of coffee at a cafe after switching to matcha, it was horrible. As I mentioned before, I was sweating, my brain was all over the place, and I was suddenly so anxious. I was overthinking small details of my life that really didn’t matter in the scheme of things.
Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with anxiety from time to time. I think it’s something I’ll forever be working on and that’s okay. But I know that switching to matcha has really helped. Even when I have coffee now, I’ll often get decaf to combat those feelings I felt that Saturday in the cafe. And I’ve truly felt so much better since I’ve switched.
5. I’ve Gotten Much More Creative with my Morning Drink
When I was drinking coffee, I would do the same thing every day. Not that there is anything wrong with that! But as much as I love to explore in the kitchen and create new dishes, I was always having the same drink in the morning: 16 ounce coffee with a splash of almond milk and a dash of sugar. Maybe some cinnamon if I’m feeling fancy.
But drinking matcha has opened me up to a lot of new concoctions. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some golden lattes with turmeric that I’ve been loving lately. I’ve even tried making my own almond milk to make my lattes more creamy. While generally I have the same thing each day, I have a lot of fun trying new things out as well.
So, I’m not saying you need to do what I did and switch your morning coffee for green tea. What I did was a total accident. But because of this accident, I realized I was relying on something I didn’t even need. I would be fine without it. And not only that, I started feeling better because I cut it out, when before I thought I would never be without it.
I’m sure that’s like a lot of things.