Matcha Recipe for the Morning

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. 

Ingredients

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)

Directions
  1. Blend matcha powder with ¾ cups of water. More matcha = a stronger matcha flavor and more caffeine. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 

Claudia Sulewski’s Quick and Easy Matcha Pancakes

TFW you wake up on Saturday morning with nothing to do, sun shining through the window, and a perfect day of [insert your favorite activity here] ahead of you. The only thing that could make this incredibly perfect day even more incredibly perfect? 

Pancakes. 

Claudia Sulewski’s Matcha Pancakes are the only thing that can make the perfect Saturday better. How do I know? I ate them last Saturday and my day was infinitely better because of it.

And they’re simple! No one wants to go to the grocery store on a Saturday morning. That puts a pretty big damper on the whole “sleeping in and chilling in my PJs” vibe. These can be made with ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard. If you don’t have matcha on hand, sub for cinnamon, cacao powder, or just an extra spoonful of flour. 

I found this pancake recipe in Claudia’s newest What We Eat in a Day *couples edition* video. Check it out for a personal, step-by-step tutorial.

What is matcha?

Matcha blew up in the health and wellness world in the last few years, but matcha has been used for millennia as a healing tea. In fact, historians can trace it back all the way to the Tang Dynasty (700 AD)!

Known for increasing focus and even helping with some types of meditation (thanks to the caffeine and L-theanine), matcha made a comeback as a delicious, creamy, and colorful coffee alternative. It makes sense Claudia decided to incorporate these into her one of her favorite breakfasts. Her health and wellness journey prioritizes health without sacrificing delicious flavor (and, in this case, fun color).

Learn more about the health benefits of matcha here. 

Claudia shows us how matcha isn’t only for tea: it can also be used in baking, in smoothies, as a topping for ice cream (one of my personal favorite), and as a bright addition to these morning pancakes. 

Claudia’s Recipe for Vegan Matcha Pancakes

Claudia’s pancake recipe is quick, simple, and delicious.

Ingredients

1 cup flour

1.5 T baking powder

1.5 T matcha (sub cinnamon, cacao, or normal flour)

1/6 cup sugar

Pinch of salt 

1 1/8 cup milk (your choice! Cow, nut, oat)

Directions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Add the milk and mix with a whisk until fully combined. Don’t mix too much. 
  3. Put pan on medium-high heat. Add oil of your choice. (We like ghee or coconut oil.)
  4. Scoop ~¼ cup batter into pan. Wait until bubbles form on top, then flip. 
  5. Top with berries of your choice (Claudia uses blueberries and strawberries) and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  6. Enjoy the rest of your perfect Saturday.