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You’re tired throughout the day, then wired at night. You chug coffee at work just to keep you going, then can’t fall asleep until midnight. Sound familiar?

Whether that’s happened to you a few times, or it’s your day-to-day, most of us have been there, done that.

Thankfully, matcha and ashwagandha just signed up to be your new BFF and give you support through these trying times. In tandem, these two tasty goodies can get you the energy boost you need during the day — and ease you into sleepy time at night.

Matcha is a green tea powder, not only loaded with health benefits, but also amped up with caffeine (a more concentrated amount than regular green tea). Best part: it doesn’t give you those shaky coffee jitters.

Matcha slowly releases its caffeine throughout the day (so thoughtful!), helping you stay at the perfect level of bright-eyed for hours.

As any bonafide espresso addict knows, caffeine boosts your brain’s functioning. Studies have linked it to everything from faster response times to increased attention. But matcha also contains L-theanine, which helps avoid the energy crash that can sometimes follow a caffeine binge. Translation: Matcha is mega-fuel.

Green tea vs matcha

Both green tea and matcha come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but they’re grown differently. Matcha also has a unique nutrient profile.

So, what about ashwagandha? It’s an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps you adapt to stress and normalizes the effects on your body.

Ashwagandha also helps calm your nervous system and control your hormones when you’re feeling anxious — like when you can’t stop thinking about everything on tomorrow’s to-do list instead of going to sleep.

So, let’s add these powders to your daily routine, but let’s do it deliciously. Say, in the form of lattes? Here are two recipes for you to whip up and sip up!

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Morning matcha latte

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. matcha powder
  • ½ cup water, filtered
  • ¾ cup macadamia nut milk (or whichever you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. honey (maple syrup or agave for my vegan friends)

Directions

  1. Heat the water in a saucepan until just simmering, NOT boiling.*
  2. Pour the water into a blender and top it off with the matcha powder. Blend for 1–2 minutes on low speed.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a saucepan until just simmering. Again, NOT boiling.
  4. Pour the milk and honey into the blender with the matcha and blend on low speed for one minute.
  5. Transfer the matcha latte into your favorite morning mug and enjoy!

*Blending boiling liquids with matcha will make the powder taste extremely bitter

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Evening moon milk latte

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cashew milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. beetroot powder (or ½ cup cherry or cranberry juice)
  • 1 tsp. honey (maple syrup or agave for my vegan friends)
  • ½ tsp. ashwagandha powder
  • Dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg for flavor (optional)
  • Dried rose petals for decoration and important self-care (optional, but also definitely not)

Directions

  1. Heat milk in a saucepan until simmering. Add cherry or cranberry juice if using instead of beetroot powder.
  2. Pour into blender and top off with beetroot powder, honey, ashwagandha, and cinnamon and/or nutmeg if using. Blend on low speed for 1–2 minutes.
  3. Transfer moon milk latte into your favorite mug, sprinkle with dried rose petals, and enjoy!