If “yerba maté” doesn’t look like an English word to you, that’s okay. A lot of people still haven’t seen or heard of it before.
But believe me: this plant is an absolutely outstanding source of energy and tastes fantastic as a tea.
Don’t get me wrong; I love my coffee. There aren’t many things in this world that smell as great as roasted coffee beans do. And espresso? Can’t stop, won’t stop. It’s delicious.
With that being said, I can’t drink a large amount of coffee and not feel sick. It definitely gives me a huge jolt of caffeine, but with it comes the aftermath of jitters, an upset stomach and a big crash.
If you experience these same symptoms or just feel like trying something different, I’m so pleased to introduce you to yerba maté (YER-bah MA-tay) − a coffee alternative that’s bound to change your life.
What it is
Yerba Maté is a South American plant that typically grows in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uraguay and southern Brazil. As you can see from the picture, its leaves are usually small, flat and light green in colour. It can also look darn brown if it’s been roasted.
What’s great about it is that the caffeine that’s in it, which is often referred to as mateine, tends to affect the body differently than the caffeine that’s in coffee. Although not a lot of academic research can be found on yerba maté, it’s believed to have a different molecular structure than the caffeine that’s in coffee. As a result, it provides a stable, clean energy boost that can last up to four hours without the jitters, stomach upset or crash.
On top of the energy boost, Dr. Oz boasts that’s “chockfull of antioxidents and vitamins and can help lose fat.” He also says on his website that it speeds up your metabolism and acts as a cravings-killer.
Lastly, it contains some important minerals that green tea lacks, such as iron, potassium and magnesium.
I drink yerba maté all the time, and it makes me feel fantastic. In terms of flavour, I find that it’s pretty comparable to green tea. It requires just a short 2-3 minute steep and has kind of a sweet finish.
Give it a try! I promise it will give you the energy you need to take on anything. You can find a bunch of maté teas at Teavana for around $7 for a small bag or at DavidsTea for around the same price.
Happy Friday. Stay fabulous. xo