Do you have a morning routine? Creating a balanced morning routine can help you not only get in your nutrients (hello daily smoothie), but can create some peace of mind before starting your day. Most of us opt for a boost of caffeine in the morning in the form of coffee or even better, espresso. That works, but have you tried matcha?

Matcha, like green tea, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Once harvested, the leaves are ground up into a powder, which makes it even more rich in antioxidants and caffeine than green tea on its own. Antioxidants can help protect the body from free radicals, which are waste substances that can lead to oxidative stress in the body. This stress, without being addressed, can lead to various diseases including heart disease, cancer, and more.

A daily dose of antioxidants can go a long way. This matcha recipe is infused with blueberries and lavender. Blueberries are similarly high in antioxidants, and are high in vitamin C and potassium. Lavender can be helpful in treating anxiety, depression, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Sounds like something you’d like to try? Let’s get to it.

Ingredients

Blueberry lavender syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp dried lavender

Matcha:

  • 1 tsp ceremonial grade matcha
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1-2 tbsp blueberry lavender syrup

LĒVO Prep:

Start by heating water and monk fruit in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until fully dissolved then add in frozen blueberries. Let simmer for 3 minutes, turn off heat and let cool and strain blueberries.

Add lavender into LĒVO pod and place pod into machine. Pour syrup into the machine and set infusion at 175 F for 2 hours. Once finished, dispense into a container.

Directions:

Add 1 tsp of matcha into a small wide bowl with 1/4 cup water.

Whisk until no clumps are left.

Add a few tablespoons of blueberry lavender syrup into matcha and continue to whisk.

Top with warm frothed oat milk and serve.

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