Calm Energy Powder Blend
This is the first blend I created in order to have a tea blend that I could grab on the run in the
morning. I was looking for something that I could combine with my matcha, enhancing its
flavor as well as an additional energy boost.
Matcha, Guarana, Yerba Mate', Raw Cacao
INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS
(Information I find interesting, leading to my including it in this blend)
Matcha: All the benefits of green tea, which many consider to be the healthiest beverage in the world, in a powder. Great source of antioxidants and nutrients that may have a profound effect on the body, including brain health,
cancer prevention, weight loss, you name it!
Seriously, just google it and be amazed - there have been many studies done on green tea/matcha!
Guarana: The active ingredient, guarinine, is chemically identical to caffeine. However, in its natural form it is
bound to the fiber of the seeds, meaning its stimulating component is released slowly, maintaining a steady supply of natural energy. This is supported by a university study that concluded guarana produced greater alertness and improvement in the performance of mental tasks. While coffee produced a peak in alertness after 30-45 minutes,
then rapidly fell away, the effects of guarana were not only continuing, but even increasing, after150 minutes!
Guarana doesn't rely on only guaranine to provide energy and stamina - it contains xanthines which have been shown to enhance physical and mental performance. It also contains flavonoids and alkaloids - in clinical studies alkaloids were shown to stimulate the myocardium and central nervous system, enhancing alertness and reducing fatigue.
Contains 2.5 times more caffeine than coffee!
Yerba Mate': Popular drink in South America, containing less caffeine than coffee, but more than black tea,
with a smooth rise in energy. Full of more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than green tea.
Studies show it may encourage weight loss by reducing appetite, increasing metabolism, and burning stored fat.
Mate is the Spanish word for gourd and refers to the small gourd cup in which Yerba Mate' tea is traditionally served in South America.
Raw Cacao: Contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world. By weight, cacao beans have more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, açaí, pomegranates, and goji berries combined.
Contains theobromine, an effective antibacterial substance, that kills streptococcus mutant (the primary organism that causes cavities). Theobromine and caffeine are similar in that they are related alkaloids. However, theobromine has a lesser impact on the human central nervous system that caffeine.
DIRECTIONS AND TIPS
Add ¼-½ teaspoon to 8 ounces hot water or warmed milk, let steep a few minutes, and drink up!
To get the nutritional benefits from the entire herbs, stir occasionally while drinking your beverage, or add any residual powder in the bottom of your mug to whatever you might be eating.
LUANN'S THOUGHTS ABOUT "CALM ENERGY BLEND"
(Not based on any fancy studies - just my observations from using it and background info on why I made it)
- I find this Calm Energy Blend gives me hours of alert energy and a mentality of "I've got this", regardless of the demands
of the day.
- This remains my go-to morning drink and often my early afternoon/get-me-through-the-rest-of-the-day tea blend.
- Each of the 4 herbs in this blend contain caffeine, but, at least for me, without any jitteriness or "crash" when the caffeine wears out.