Something I’ve recently gotten in to is Matcha tea. After ordering a big bulk of the stuff as an alternative to my daily coffee habit I must say, I’m a bit of a convert. Now on its own, the taste may leave quite a bit to be desired, which is why I have developed this recipe for Bulletproof Matcha Tea.
Oh, and by ‘developed’, what I really mean is ‘ripped off loads of other recipes and combined it into my own’ which is basically what everyone else does anyway isn’t it?
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a strain of green tea that is grown in the shade for 3 weeks prior to being harvested. Normal green tea is not grown in the shade, thus the taste and make up of the final product is much different.
The other key difference between matcha and standard green tea is that with Matcha, you consume the whole leaf instead of steeping the leaves and consuming the water.
Matcha comes in powdered form – it is finely ground up as opposed to being left loose or in a tea bag. That means the caffeine content is much higher, as is the amount of nutrients you are able to absorb.
A word of warning – there are much higher levels of lead in Matcha tea than green tea. Since you are consuming the whole leaves, you’re getting all the lead that the leaves have absorbed from the atmosphere.
To be on the safe side, stick to one cup of the good stuff per day.
I usually just use this recipe on my training days to be even more conservative – plus it gives my body a rest from caffeine 3 days per week meaning I don’t experience too much adrenal fatigue and get a better response when I consume it pre-workout.
It’s up to you how you utilise it though.
What is Bulletproof Matcha?
So we know what your run-of-the-mill Matcha tea is, now what the hell is Bulletproof Matcha?
WELL I’M SO VERY GLAD YOU ASKED.
I think he seems like a bit of a snake oil salesman personally but I also like quite a few of his ideas – namely his very first – Bulletproof Coffee.
The recipe for bulletproof coffee was brought out before he tried to start selling all manner of supplements and whatever else – it was just a good old recipe that worked.
The recipe for bulletproof coffee was something like;
- Ground up coffee beans
- 1-2 tbsp ghee or kerrygold butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (or pure MCT oil)
The basic premise is that the good fats and MCTs work in conjunction with the caffeine to create a much more stable ‘high’ without the drastic crash and burn of your standard cup of Joseph.
Since our guy Dave is a big advocate of low carb dieting, he neglected the use of any sort of healthy, carby goodness like honey or agave, which for a pre-workout, probably isn’t the best idea.
It’s great for keto and low-carbers, but not us normies.
I also don’t like using a load of butter anymore as I lean more towards a plant-based lifestyle nowadays.
On top of that, I found that coffee was still giving me somewhat jittery feels and wanted a more sustainable source of energy which gave me more nutritional bang for my buck.
The difference with a Bulletproof Matcha as opposed to a Bulletproof Coffee is obviously the caffeine source.
It is much a much more controlled high, it offers far more nutrients and it has a completely different flavour profile.
On top of that, it’s green, so it makes people more interested in your beverage than standard coffee sippers…
My version of a Bulletproof matcha tea may differ from others as mine has carbs in – if you don’t want carbs and want to load up on fat, swap out the honey for another tablespoon of coconut oil (or ghee/butter if you fancy some animal fats).
But we’ll get to the recipe further on – for now, here’s some benefits.
There are bloody loads of benefits when you switch to a bulletproof matcha tea, but here are a few of the best.
Loads of nutrients
Since the leaves are grown in the shade and consumed whole, you get an absolute bevy of nutrients such as chlorophyll, fibre, zinc and magnesium.
Matcha is often touted as an anti-cancer superfood and is top of a lot of respected nutritionists health food lists – can’t argue with that.
A healthier caffeine high
Thanks to the nutrient l-theanine, this bulletproof matcha tea doesn’t give you the jitters like a cup of coffee would. L-theanine and caffeine act synergistically allowing the former to calm and the latter to stimulate meaning no wobbles during your workout.
Far more consistent energy
The fats from coconut oil give a much more balanced energy supply alongside the caffeine – perfect if you’re looking for the effects of your cuppa to last much longer and continue on into the day.
The mix of the simple sugars from the honey, the caffeine from the matcha and the healthy fats of the coconut oil mean you’ll get an instant boost followed by sustained energy that tapers off gradually – making it the ideal pre-workout beverage.
The Bulletproof Matcha Tea recipe
Without further ado, let’s get onto how to actually make this thing shall we?
What you’ll need;
- Blender (Nutribullets work well but I went for a hand blender)
- Food scale (unless your eyeballing skills are of Michelin star levels)
- Mug (obviously)
- Table spoon (also obviously)
- 2.5g – 5g Matcha powder (depending on how much caffeine you want)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 15g honey
- Pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
- 4g vanilla flavouring
- Boil le kettle.
- Set your blender on top of your scales.
- Spoon out matcha, then coconut oil, then honey into the blender.
- Drop the salt and vanilla in.
- Pour over as much water as needed.
- Blend that fool up real good.
- Pour into your mug, bottle, tankard, stein, elephant tusk or whichever vessel you choose to sip your new elixir from.
- Go and smash life stuff – preferably a workout.
It’s as easy as that.
This recipe for Bulletproof matcha tea will see you right in and out of the gym.
It may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s much healthier for you than a cup of Joe and it’ll give you a similar boost without any of the crash.
Try it out.
You never know – this hipster’s staple might become your new favourite tipple.