For many people, the end of summer can feel just as depressing as the end of the year. It can be hard to switch from summer to fall, especially when we are used to hot weather, sunny days, and light skies from 5 AM – 8 PM. As September approaches we become very aware that summer is over. With the transition of seasons it’s common to experience anxiety, sadness, general malaise, and even sickness! With the transition of seasons people are highly susceptible to catching an illness. The kids are back in school and germs are spreading like wildfire. The temperature shifts are permitting a different group of viruses to flourish. And allergies are causing peoples immune systems to go haywire. But even amongst all the negatives, the party isn’t over yet! There are still warm days to be had and sunny skies to bask in. There are still flowers to be picked and iced lattes to be drank.
That’s why I’m celebrating the end of summer with this incredibly refreshing,
immune boosting Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte. How is it immune boosting?
Thanks for asking! (Even though I’m sure you weren’t, I’ll tell you anyways). I like to add a secret ingredient and that is Camu Camu powder. Camu Camu is a superfood that contains high levels of Vitamin C and has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.
Vitamin C helps to strengthen your immune system and is a powerful antioxidant to help protect your cells from free radicals. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants in your body, it leads to oxidative stress. This has been linked to chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In order to combat this damage and strengthen your immune system it’s imperative to have a sufficient amount of Vitamin C in your diet.
Vitamin C is also needed for the formation of collagen, a protein that supports your hair, skin, nails, bones, and muscles. PROTIP: when taking collagen you should also take vitamin C as it can help boost your body’s natural production of collagen, which is why you will find both added in my
Recipe for Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte
1 cup nut milk (I made homemade vanilla bean roasted cashew milk)
1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1 scoop collagen
1 tsp camu camu powder
1 tsp soiree matcha powder
Add nut milk and strawberries to blender and blend until there are no more
strawberry chunks. Heat milk over stove till it’s just about to boil. Add milk back to blender and add the collagen and camu camu powder and blend until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Next heat enough water to make a matcha “shot.” Add 1 tsp matcha to bowl and about 2 oz of hot but not boiling water and whisk with an electric frother. Add milk to cup with ice and pour the matcha shot over. Throw in some cut up strawberries too, like I did, for a refreshing treat after you finish your latte!
Written by Nikki Jahnke