Monday calls for a Matcha Mocha! A slightly sweet blend of hot cocoa swirled with a matcha latte. While I call it a mocha there is actually no coffee and the caffeine comes from the matcha.
Looking back the first sign I was pregnant was coffee not agreeing with me. I love coffee and drink espresso every morning and I even loved the smell, well that just suddenly changed one day. Luckily things finally turned around and I was able to enjoy my coffee in moderation. Recently though it hasn’t been agreeing with my stomach, luckily the smell isn’t making me sick and I can enjoy it some days. Of course this hit as I entered my third trimester and my energy levels are going down.
So yes just when I would like, and need, that cup of coffee.
Luckily there is magical matcha that is making my mornings better! Not really magical but it certainly feels like it and gives me a little boost.
Chocolate was another food that I drastically cut back on the first half of my pregnancy as it didn’t sound good and didn’t sit well but I’ve since added back in. Crazy how we miss the simple things or don’t realize how much we really like something until we can’t have it.
The magical pairing of matcha and chocolate is just heavenly and I slowly sip and savor every drop of this Matcha Mocha!
Made with only a few simple and good for you ingredients like non dairy milk, cacao powder, matcha, and a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. I like to use Ripple for added plant-based protein and to make it extra creamy.
Cacao powder is one of the most powerful superfoods that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Great for brain and cardiovascular health, they don’t call it good mood food for nothing.
Matcha has more antioxidant power than goji berries, blueberries, and spinach! The antioxidant content in one cup of Matcha equals about 10 glasses of green tea.
It has anti-aging properties, and an abundant source of the antioxidant EGCG which continues to gain attention and credibility as a broad-spectrum nutrient that promotes healthy cellular function, and supports all of the systems in the body. EGCG is also shown in many studies to aid in weight loss, is rich in chlorophyll and helps with detoxification, and many other health benefits.
If those aren’t big enough reasons to try or drink matcha it also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which calms while simultaneously enhancing focus, memory and concentration. Oh and it gives you a natural energy boost with out jitters or the crash.
There are also optional additional ingredients that can be added or swapped out. Collagen can be added or the matcha swapped out for a matcha collagen. Cacao butter can be added for added fat and to make it extra creamy. Or if you’re in a peppermint mood add a few drops of peppermint oil, it’s delicious! I did this over the holidays and was calling it a Merry Matcha Mocha, aka Minty Matcha Mocha.
Today is Meatless Monday so what better time to whip up a Matcha Mocha and enjoy it while linking up with Deborah and/or check out the recipes linked below, and make it a Matcha Monday too!
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