This is my morning crack. I decided to eliminate coffee once and for all when I realized that it actually didn’t wake me up. In fact, if I ended up drinking too much in the morning I would find myself lightheaded and needing to go right back to bed. Of course, most of you would never dream of giving up your morning cup of joe. It’s fine to be a coffee addict; it won’t kill you. However, if you want to switch things up, try Wake Up Green Tea. It will actually make you happy.

That’s because green tea has been shown to release mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. With a double dose of green tea from the matcha powder and the tea bag, don’t be surprised if you immediately feel better, calmer and more alert after just a few sips. The toasted rice in the genmaicha (green tea with toasted rice), along with the raw honey, takes it right over the edge of hot beverage ecstasy.

Prepare to be addicted in the best possible way.

Wake Up Green Tea Recipe: Makes 1 serving

Ingredients: ¼ – ½ teaspoon matcha green tea powder (available at my specialty food shop, your local Japanese grocer, Whole Foods, health food stores or online at, 1 genmaicha green tea bag, 1 teaspoon raw honey, Hot water, Liquid Stevia drops, optional

Directions: Add matcha powder, honey and tea bag to mug or tall glass. Add hot water. Stir and drink.