Friday, August 7, 2015

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

This matcha jasmine tea latte has been a delicious replacement for my morning cup of coffee, as I’m in the midst of an Autoimmune Protocol reset + other therapeutic measures.

Giving up coffee is often a stumbling block to those who embark on the Autoimmune Protocol. I know from experience that eliminating coffee isn’t easy, and I wouldn’t even say that I have a coffee (or caffeine) addiction. I simply love the flavor and ritual of having a cup in the morning. Another reason (warning: TMI) is my daily cup kept me “regular” better than any supplement I have yet tried. The first thing I reintroduced on AIP was coffee for that very reason: I was tired of constipation.

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Back in May, still suffering from not optimal digestion, I was diagnosed with SIBO, which my functional medicine doctor and I believe to be a cause of my constipation. For those not familiar with SIBO, it stands for “Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth” and basically means that bacteria that normal lives in your large intestine (and is beneficial to your large intestine) has migrated into your small intestine where it does not belong and where it causes digestive abnormalities.

Because the first course of antibiotics were not as effective in eliminating the SIBO as my doctor and I hopped they’d be, I’m taking a more aggressive stance for this second round. Another stronger course of antibiotics. Specific supplementation. Incorporating lifestyle factors. Going back on strict AIP + incorporating a low FODMAP component as well.... Thankfully, none of those measures are meant to last forever, but still, it has been a tough couple of weeks, as the pool of foods compliant to both AIP and low FODMAP (plus some of my personal food intolerances) is quite small...

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Going back to strict AIP meant I’d have to give up coffee once again. But the protocol my doctor recommended also suggested that I consume at least 2 cups of green tea each day, which helped fill some of the morning ritual void I thought I’d experience in giving up coffee again. I went through my tea stash, looking for which teas I had that would work on AIP and Low FODMAP, and I rediscovered a small tin of matcha. Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder that contains more health benefits & is more nutrient dense than drinking regular steeped. In my pre-paleo days, I loved ordering soy green tea lattes at coffee shops, but I hadn’t really made them at home.

I sought to recreate this former favorite & to craft it out of ingredients that were more healthful for me. I have a new morning ritual of boiling water on the stove, making a pot of jasmine green tea, blending some of the steeped tea with coconut oil, collagen, coconut milk, and a little scoop of matcha. I've included exact measurements in the recipe below, but most days, I just eyeball the ingredient amounts. There becomes almost a meditative component of making & enjoying this Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte daily. The beverage is warm & frothy & delicious & satisfying, with a lovely floral yet slightly grassy scent.

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP)

Matcha Jasmine Latte
Yields 1 serving

1 c / 8 oz filtered water, to make the jasmine tea
1 Tbl Collagen (optional, but it is a great aid for gut health and added protein to the beverage) 
3/4 tsp unsweetened Matcha
  1. Bring the filtered water to just under a boil over high heat. Pour over the jasmine tea bag either in a small tea pot, or pyrex liquid measuring cup, or large mug. Cover and allow to steep 5 minutes. 
  2. Measure 3/4 c (6 oz) of the brewed tea into a high speed blender (this is the one I use). Add the remaining ingredients & blend until frothy and well combined. 
  3. Pour into a mug & enjoy! 

Notes:
  • I prefer my green tea lattes unsweetened--they're more healthful. But if you’re new to AIP or a low sugar lifestyle, you could start by adding a little bit of raw honey or grade B maple syrup. Over time you reduce the amount of sweetener until you don’t need any at all. 
  • This recipe would probably work with an immersion blender, if you don’t have a high speed blender. Simply whisking the ingredients together will not work because of the coconut oil. 
  • Make sure to purchase a high quality Matcha for optimal flavor and health benefits. 
This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Sweet Treats. 

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for this recipe, Laura! I usually have a cup of bone broth with ginger in the morning, but this gives me another great choice. The more variety on AIP, the better :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome! Yay, variety! I can't yet do bone broth first thing in the morning, but I'm always impressed with those who can :)

      Delete
  2. Yum- I had this this morning- so good and it kept me fairly satiated (probably from the fat and protein)! My first round of antibiotics (xifaxan) also didn't help me. What one are you trying this time?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. My first round of xifaxan also didn't do the trick…. t had to do a second round of xifaxan + adding neomycin. Those antibiotics, plus a pretty heavy supplement regimen from my doctor (based on a protocol from Dr. Pimentel), AIP Low FODMAP, very low sugar (even the low FODMAP allowed ones & watching fruit intake), & meditation all seem to be helping :) Best of luck to you!

      Delete
    2. Im glad its working for you! I've been thinking about switching to SCD + low-fodmap since I've seen that suggested a lot and maybe doing herbal antibiotics since I also read that it can be just as effective as standard antibiotics (and neomycin scares me a bit- seems like a big gun antibiotic! )

      Delete
    3. I had to do two rounds of rifaximin and neomycin with no luck for curing my sibo. Two rounds of herbs helped me rid my infection.

      Delete
  3. Thanks...yes I am AIP, Low FODMAP and now suppose to be low icy late too which is a bit overwhelming to me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just do the best you can! Aim for 100%, but give yourself grace when there are slip ups :)

      Delete
  4. I am in the same position, treated 3 times! I would love to see what a day of meals/food/intake looks like for you, if you don't mind sharing? I used to eat huge raw salads and miss vegetables so much, I am having a hard time with everything needing to be cooked, so would love some inspiration:)!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This looks really good. I am assuming gelatin would not work as a substitute for collagen, would it?

    ReplyDelete
  6. That's really a marvelous post. This post contains useful information which helps us a lot. I have never seen such a great post. Your wonderful post can inspire a lot and helps us. I visit your website often and share with my friend. organic matcha tea powder

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have stomach issues, too, but, fortunately, I am already a tea drinker. I took antibiotics for SIBO due to Diabetes, and it didn't work either. I see a gastroenterologist in Mar and I hope he doesn't want me to do Low FODMAP because I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs :-/

    ReplyDelete
  8. And thanks for the post! It was very helpful and I will be trying this!

    ReplyDelete
  9. 3 Researches PROVE How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you literally burn fat by eating coconut fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical magazines are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world around!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think this is an i nformative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.
    japanese matcha tea

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time. myself very happy to read it because it can give me more insight,thanks.
    sinidomino

    ReplyDelete