Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day. That’s a lot of coffee. You know how many bathtubs that could fill? I don’t, but I bet it’s a lot.
My household adds to that daily coffee count: we love our bean juice. But sometimes, coffee first thing in the morning makes the stomach feel a little… weird. A waterfall of acid down the esophagus isn’t always what the doctor ordered (especially if your work bathrooms aren’t quite as private as you’d like). On bad days, it also makes my anxiety worse.
That’s why it’s good to switch up your morning routine and have options. A varied diet also helps keep the gut healthy. This is because our gut bacteria feeds off of what we eat and drink. If we’re always consuming the same things, gut bacteria that likes those foods are consistently fed while other bacteria are starved. A varied diet ensures all bacteria are receiving enough food to thrive.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is a great coffee alternative:
- Similar caffeine content to coffee to help get you up and at ‘em (caffeine amount depends on how you make your matcha)
- Many people experience a more calm caffeine high with matcha vs. coffee
- Comparable bitter flavor profile; if you like coffee, you’ll probably like matcha
- Filled with antioxidants (like coffee, so you’re not losing any benefits)
- No coffee breath (ew)
- Super easy to make
- Easy on the stomach
Read more about the benefits of matcha here.
Why You Should Drink Matcha in the Morning
Matcha is a perfect choice to shart your day:
- It boosts your metabolism
- Matcha contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which promotes relaxation, memory, serotonin (happy feelings), and concentration
- It can increase your physical endurance up to 24% (according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) so it makes a great pre-workout
- Matcha contains abundant polyphenols, which are prebiotics that encourage healthy gut bacteria and discourage unhealthy gut bacteria
Read more about the digestive benefits of matcha.
However, because of the more subtle caffeine effects, matcha is also a great option for the afternoon! I usually need a pick-me-up around 3 pm. Coffee at this time will keep me way past my bedtime, whereas matcha gives me just enough energy to keep going.
A Gut-Healthy Morning Matcha Recipe
I know bubbly matcha might sound weird, but it’s [chef’s kiss]. Furthermore, it’s a great way to make your morning bright, bubbly, and refreshing.
Mayawell contains 20% of your daily value of prebiotic fiber, so this morning matcha recipe trumps coffee in the “health” realm, for sure. It will help you prioritize digestion and good gut health in a way that tastes delicious (ick, MiraLAX). And I can personally guarantee this fulfills your caffeine buzz needs without sending you to the bathroom.
A healthy gut is an essential part of your morning routine. When your gut feels good, you’ll reap the rewards all day long:
- Improve mental clarity
- Boost metabolism
- Reduce bloating
- And so much more!
Choosing a Matcha Powder
There are many different kinds of matcha powder out there, and some are better than others. Look for ceremonial grade matcha instead of just culinary grade. We highly recommend this ceremonial matcha powder by Jade Leaf.
Mayawell Matcha Recipe
This recipe is quick and simple. You can mix ahead of time so all you have to do morning-of is pour over ice.
1-2 T ceremonial grade matcha powder
¾ cup water
Strawberry ginger Mayawell
1/3 cup coconut milk or cream
Vanilla simple syrup (optional)
Note: We make our own sugar-free simple syrup (below). You can also add a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or raw cane sugar.
Optional: Keto Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup Monk Fruit Sweetener (we like besti)
- Blend matcha powder with ¾ cups of water. More matcha = a stronger matcha flavor and more caffeine.
- If you want to make a keto simple syrup, add 1 cup water and 1 cup Monk Fruit sweetener to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
- Add ice, ¾ cup of your blended matcha, and simple syrup or sweetener (optional) to a large glass. Stir. Top off with Strawberry Ginger Mayawell.