Welcome! Here at Nutrition Works we aim to provide nutrition advice & inspiration to keep you energised and engaged throughout the working day… I passionately believe that by  arming yourself with the information to make theright nutritional choices, this will make a  dramatic difference to your stress, energy and general well-being, allowing you to thrive and succeed both in and out of work. By founder and nutritional therapist Kate Whitelock.

Recipes

How to give up coffee without going completely cold turkey….

recipe for matcha green tea latte as an alternative to coffee

The thought of giving up coffee can send some of us in to a bit of a tail spin, especially if we tend to rely on this to get us going in the morning. Unfortunately, coffee is packed with chemicals that aren’t great for our system and it also causes a spike in adrenalin. This creates a temporary boost in energy but what goes up must come down, leaving us slumped over our desks an hour or so later. Therefore, think of it as a kind of false energy that actually leaves you feeling worse in the long run. However, the good news is there are some healthy alternatives to coffee that can also provide a bit of a kick. One of my absolute favourites is Matcha Green Tea powder, a very concentrated form of green tea which is a long standing tradition of Japanese culture. Whilst this does contain caffeine, it is accompanied by an amino acid called L-Theanine which helps to balance out the negative effects of the caffeine. Therefore, this provides an energy boost combined with a sense of calmness, a win win! Furthermore, it is packed full of powerful antioxidants which have a plethora of health benefits. Simply mix it in to hot water or, for more of a coffee effect, try a Matcha Green Tea Latte with dairy free milk, such as almond or coconut. Or you can go half and half, as I have done in the recipe below. It’s not cheap, especially if you buy organic ceremonial grade. However, a little goes a long way and I would advise starting with ½ a teaspoon or so and building up to 1 teaspoon it can have quite an effect! Alternatively, if you are a tea person then you can try Cinnamon Chai Tea, which uses green tea bags rather than Matcha powder which are considerably cheaper if you don’t fancy spending that much. Give the below recipes a go, you might just surprise yourself!

The coffee kick without the slump; Match Green Tea recipes:

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dairy free milk
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½-1 tsp. of matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp. of maple or honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

Method:

  1. Add you matcha to the hot water and mix it well. Heat your dairy free milk and then add this
  2. Add your sweetener of choice and whisk in the cinnamon

 

Matcha Green Chai Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 green tea bag (Pukka is a good brand)
  • 4 cloves
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of ground cardamom
  • Dash of dairy free milk (optional)

Method:

  1. Steep your tea bag in hot water for 2-3mins
  2. Remove the bag and add in your spices
  3. Add a dash of dairy free milk if required

 

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