Bone Broth Matcha Tonic
Medicinal tonics are one of my favourite morning routines. Slowing down and preparing a warm drink has been a ritual in my life for years, and it's such a good way to spike your morning with some serious nourishment.
This tonic is one of my go-to morning drinks. I love the energy boost matcha provides before heading to the gym, and take the opportunity to include many other nutritionally beneficial ingredients (like bone broth, and plenty of adaptogens). On it's own, matcha already boasts some serious nutritional benefits. Since it contains the whole ground leaf (unlike regularly steeped green tea), you really reap the benefits of the whole plant. These benefits include crazy high levels of anti-oxidants which boost the immune system; matcha contains 10 times the anti-oxitants of regularly steeped green tea, as well as EGCG, polyphenols, catchins, vitamins A & C, potassium, calcium and iron.
Although matcha does contain caffeine, a serving contains about 1/4 that of a cup of coffee, and since it naturally contains amino acid L-Theanine, the effects of the caffeine on the body are much more calming than that of a cup of joe. That being said, I personally don't jump out of bed and reach for a matcha. I try and wait a few hours after waking to consume any source of caffeine (which is pretty much tea for me these day), and regularly take days (and even weeks/ a month) completely off anything caffeinated. If you're rolling out of bed and reaching for caffeine- it's definitely time to address your sleep quality and lifestyle.
The base of this drink is none other than *drum roll* bone broth! Using broth as the base for your tonics is amaze because apart from all the benefits of broth (and there are many), you get a rich and frothy beverage thanks to all the good fats. When using water or regular tea as a base for my tonics, I add coconut butter and collagen to froth + add nourishment; but when using bone broth, all that goodness is already naturally occurring in the broth!
This recipe calls for specific adaptogens, but I definitely rotate them based on how my body is feeling, what I'm up to that day, and what I am intuitively called to use. The body's subconsious wisdom is unfathomable, and I genuinely believe that if you just ask it what it needs- it will tell you. That's one of the reasons I encourage people to try the adaptogen that they are most naturally interested it- because it's probably exactly the one you need. Adaptogens don't act like stimulants or depressants, they actually communicate with your body to help restore homeostasis. So astragalus root, rhodiola, or maca might feel energizing- but in reality they are helping restore your hormonal balance and bring back your body's natural energy + life force.
- 2 cups organic bone broth (alternatively, you can use 2 cups of hot filtered water, and 1 scoop of collagen powder)
- 1 tsp organic ceremonial matcha
- 1/2 tsp wild-crafted pine pollen
- 1/2 tsp Tibetan rhodiola
- 1 tsp astragalus root
1. Warm up your bone broth on the stove, and turn off the heat as soon as it starts to simmer.
2. Place your powders in a high-speed blender, and after letting the broth cool slightly- blend at high speed for 30 seconds- 1 minute.
1. Letting the broth cool slightly after reaching a simmer will ensure you don't burn your matcha. A high quality matcha is crafted with so much care and to really preserve all the benefits and taste, you don't want to use boiling liquid with your tea.
2. All the adaptogens are optional, and interchangeable. My pantry is jam packed with more adaptogens and super-powders than I can recall off the top of my head, and I follow my heart each morning for which to include. Some of my other favourites are He Shou Wu, Reishi, Chaga, Mucuna Pruriens, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Pearl, and Maca. What are some of your favourites?