BLUEBERRY MINT MATCHA LATTE
- 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk
- 1/4 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1/4 cup frozen highbush blueberries*
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 fresh mint leaves
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
Blend on high until smooth and frothy.
Pour over ice and DRINK UP.
*Frozen highbush blueberries are just your regular ole’ grocery store blueberries you eat all the time and won’t say “wild blueberries” on the package.
I want to tell you about my sister. I want to tell you about blueberries. And I want to tell you about the human brain.
My sister has a brain like no other. She is smart as a whip, determined as hell, logical, driven, and incredibly empathetic. But her brain, her brain has betrayed her in oh so many ways.
I remember when my sister found out that she has a learning disability. Basically her brain takes everything that should be in organized files, and throws it around. All the knowledge there, but there’s no system to find it. She has conquered that like a champion. Two degrees and a career as a therapist later, she’s not letting anything hold her back.
But I remember the struggle. I remember her going to a specialist for a brain scan. I remember a pamphlet at that clinic that talked about the brain benefits of blueberries and green tea. I remember thinking, I should eat a lot more of those. I should keep my brain happy.
Then when I was in college my sister’s brain chemistry turned on her again. This time it was depression. It hit hard and fast. I remember phone calls where I was left holding my breath – hoping she would just want to wake up the next day.
I remember her telling me that she was trying to focus on every tiny thing that made her happy. Even if she couldn’t feel it in that moment. She took the time to notice it. That has stuck with me, it’s partially the inspiration behind “celebrate health-ier.”
I wish I could have been more available to her during that time, but I was fighting my own battle. I was meticulously counting blueberries to go on my oatmeal, because I was in the throws of disordered eating. My brain was fighting it’s own battle.
And now while both of our brains are in continuous recovery, we both still finding those small happy moments. Or trying at least – each and every day. My sister has turned her pain and struggle into empathy and understanding at her work. And I have turned my blueberry counting into a Blueberry Mint Matcha Latte that speaks to my soul instead of my neurosis.
I still eat a lot of blueberries, knowing that having more antioxidants is never a bad thing, but also knowing that brains are fragile. No amount of blueberries can save you from depression or eating disorders or learning disabilities. There are some things that food can’t heal. But food can be an aid. Food can be one of those small happy moments.
So take a big gulp of this Blueberry Mint Matcha Latte, feel the rush of caffeine to your veins, let that highbush blueberry goodness go straight to your brain, and take a deep breath. This moment is one of those good moments. Notice it. Hold onto it. Let it change the way you think. xoxo