Summary: Learn how to prepare a fresh, home-made Matcha Energy drink. With this recipe you start your day full of energy, vitality and without the negative side effects of other caffeinated beverages.
The Evil of all things: store bought energy drinks
Author: Edit Ford
Reading time: 5 minutes
I’ve never been a big fan of energy drinks because after drinking even half a can, I always end up with shaking hands and nasty jitters. The mostly high sugar content combined with the caffeine hit indeed gives us a quick buzz, but crashing once the high wears off is almost unavoidable.
I also find that regardless of the sugar content, or flavouring, these drinks never taste natural. What I taste is chemicals and a sort of “plastic” flavor. Yuck! Just want to go and brush my teeth after drinking it. All in all, energy drinks are not for me but I get the reason why people drink them.
Once a week, very early in the morning I go for an unconventional Eastern Martial art inspired training. We work with shena boards, club bells, macebells, and it is hard. I can’t pretend that I fly through these sessions, I put a smile on my face, I love every minute of it, but by the end of the class I silently go through my whole repertoire of swear words. Probably at least twenty-two times. It is that hard. The result is always an invigorating kind of tired happiness that I achieve with a challenging sport.
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I find that my preparation before these sessions is vital to a good performance. Otherwise I just suffer through the whole class and shamefully count the minutes till the end. I’ve learnt this the hard way when I confidently showed up for my first session with an empty stomach. (I regularly exercise, I am in good shape but I don’t like to eat breakfast too early.)
After about 7 minutes in to the class I was sure I would pass out before the end. (I did not, but till today I am not certain how I got through that longest hour of my life) Then and there I decided that I need to prepare better if I want to enjoy the hard work. How exactly do I do that today? I start my day with an invigorating, home-made Matcha Energy drink that wakes me up and energizes me for strenuous trainings. If you are new to Matcha, you can learn about this fantastic, metabolism booster here. As a bonus it also helps to burn some fat. Here, I share my simple and delicious, natural energy drink recipe with you:
Home-Made Matcha Energy drink
- 1/2 tsp Matcha green tea powder
- 300ml ice cold water
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- a dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp honey
- Add a few tablespoons of hot water to your honey to make it runny.
- Spoon the Matcha powder to the bottom of your cup and pour over 50ml of ice cold water. Whisk the Matcha with the water.
- Add the cayenne pepper, cinnamon powder and runny honey to your mix and shake it well.
- Pour the rest of the water and add the lemon juice in the cup and mix it again.
If you need something more substantial to start your day than this Matcha Energy Drink, check my Matcha Infused Breakfast Bowl recipe here.