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Yerba Mate Recipe

Yerba Mate Recipe

Found in the rainforests of South America and related to the holly species, this tea can improve sleep, stall Alzheimer's dementia, and benefit the immune system while improving mental clarity and mood.

Read more about 12 Teas That Boost Your Mood

This is a recipe for yerba mate that works well if you do not have a traditional bombilla on hand.


  • 2 Tablespoons yerba mate
  • 16 Ounces water


Place yerba mate into the bottom of a french press. Bring water to just simmering (150 degrees), not boiling. Brew for 5 minutes.

You can add orange peel, mint leaves, or any other additions you desire.

Cold Brewed Yerba Mate

This easy recipe for cold-brewed yerba mate brews in the fridge overnight. It can be enjoyed straight, mixed with honey, or made into a yerba mate smoothie in the morning.

Yerba mate is a species of the holly family. It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, particularly Argentina, Bolivia, southern and central-western Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Chile.

The flavor of brewed mate resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs, grass and is reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. It can be bitter if steeped in boiling water. Flavored mate is also sold, in which the mate leaves are blended with other herbs (such as peppermint) or citrus rind.

In Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, a toasted version of mate is sold in teabags and in loose-leaf form. It is often served sweetened in specialized shops or on the street, either hot or iced, pure or with fruit juice (especially lime) or milk. In Argentina and southern Brazil, this is commonly consumed for breakfast or in a café for afternoon tea, often with a selection of sweet pastries. An iced, sweetened version of toasted mate is sold as an uncarbonated soft drink—with or without fruit flavoring. Yerba mate can also be found in various energy drinks on the market today.

How to Make Yerba Mate

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Mate (pronounced mah-teh) is a drink made by steeping dried leaves from the yerba mate plant [1] X Research source in hot water. It was the Guarani Indians of South America who first discovered the rejuvenating qualities of yerba mate [2] X Research source and now it's enjoyed in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, parts of Brazil, Chile, eastern Bolivia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. It tastes somewhat like green tea, with hints of tobacco and oak. The simplest method for many is to treat yerba mate like any other loose tea steep it in hot water and then filter out the leaves before drinking. (Note: The ideal brewing temperature for yerba mate is approximately 170°F(77°C) using boiling water will produce a bitter, inferior beverage.) In order to enjoy mate in the traditional way, however, you must prepare it properly as outlined below.

  1. Rich source of antioxidants, just like matcha.
  2. Contains vitamin B and C, zinc, and potassium.
  3. Boosts energy from the caffeine.
  4. Protects the liver cells.
  5. Aids in digestion.

STEP 1: Muddle lime slices and sugar.

The quickest way to get the sugar and lime to infuse with the yerba mate is to muddle it. Add 2-3 lime slices with sugar in a thick-bottomed cup and mash them together with a muddler.

It only takes a few seconds to get the lime to get a little pulpy and the sugar mostly dissolved.

STEP 2: Combine cold water and yerba mate in a cocktail shaker and shake.

Shake, shake, shake for about 20-30 seconds.

STEP 3: Strain yerba mate.

Fill the cup with ice and use a tea strainer to filter the yerba mate. Stir the drink before serving.

In collaboration with The National Institute of Yerba Mate. All words, photos, and opinions are mine, as always.


1) dry 3 bunches of kale and/or chard in dehydrator or in oven at 350 for 10-15 min until crispy.

2) Individually pulse oats, greens, yerba mate into a fine powder (measurements are after grinding)

3) In a large mixing bowl combine powders with other ingredients. Save agave, earth balance, melted PB & maple syrup for last and mix in gradually until mixture clumps together well and can be easily formed into balls and compacted. You may not need the full amount of these liquids
*possible addition: 1C raisins or chopped dates

4) Scoop into a couple of baking pan and spread evenly (I used a 9x13" cake pan AND a standard bread pan). Press down firmly and try to compact as much as possible (I recommend putting wax paper on top and using the bottom of a second equal-sized to really press hard). Bars should be less than 1" thick and very dense (any air pockets will make them fall apart)

5) Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F or until firm with slightly brown edges. Cut into 1x2" mini bars

Wrap individually with foil or plastic for the perfect homemade travel snack

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A traditional plant with a long history of safe use, yerba maté is a modern diet aid when incorporated daily into the diet. My recommendation is to drink 2 – 4 cups of yerba maté daily. You can find it plain or in flavors like chai spice or mixed with mint. As for brands of yerba maté, I recommend Guayaki, Maté Factor and Pixie brands, all of which can be found in natural food stores. Do not expect miracle weight loss. If you eat sensibly and exercise on a regular basis, yerba maté will help you to gradually reduce excess weight. It takes time to become overweight, and it takes time to shed pounds as well.

Recipes for Longetivity

A while back, Dr Manny Alvarez and I did a segment on immunity-enhancing blender drinks, and more than a few FOX viewers and readers have asked for recipes. So here you go.

Acai super smoothie
In a blender, add one freezer pack of acai (like Sambazon brand), or 8 ounces of any acai juice
One banana
A handful of blueberries, fresh or frozen
One tablespoon of maca powder (like Navitas brand)
Blend until smooth and drink for energy and overall vitality enhancement

Yerba maté Immune Booster

In a teapot add two bags of yerba maté tea (Guayaki or Maté Factor or Pixie brands)
Finely shred one piece of fresh ginger the size of a thumb
The juice of one fresh lemon
Fill teapot with freshly boiled water and steep for minimum five minutes
Strain and drink with honey added to taste

Pomegranate blast
In a blender, add 8 ounces of pomegranate juice
A handful of dried Goji berries (available in natural food stores)
4 or 5 fresh strawberries
A couple of large spoons of yogurt
Blend until smooth

The above recipes all have one thing in common. They provide concentrated nutrition, lots of potent antioxidant protection, and a delicious way to enhance your overall health. Enjoy!

Delfina Barbiero

Step 1

Heat water in a kettle to a simmer, not a boil. If you want sweet mate, you can drop in two spoonfuls of sugar to the water after it's heated.

Step 2

Fill the gourd 2/3 full with the mate. Your gourde can be made out of wood, or leather, or other organic materials.

Step 3

Tilt the gourd and slide the bombilla straw side up to the bottom of the gourd. It's important that the bombilla touches the bottom without any yerba around it, so it won't get clogged. When you straighten the gourd, push the bombilla to the center and make sure it is still touching the bottom.

Step 4

Once your water is heated, pour it as close as possible to the bombilla until the yerba is moist.

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Like most things health related, I’m sure that there were signs that this was happening along the way. But I’ll never forget the constant fatigue that I couldn’t seem to shake, no matter how many cups of coffee I drank.

A Yerba Mate Recipe to Beat the Winter Blues Posted on 20 Feb 11:11

My favorite strategy for the winter blues (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) has always been a hearty dose of exercise, preferably outside in nature.

But recently I took a tumble in the ocean and ended up breaking my leg (ouch!). I can see sunlight pouring through breaks in the clouds outside. I'd love to go play in the snow that fell on the mountains last night. Unable to do so, I find myself looking for other ways to beat the winter blues.

  • I'm taking a vitamin D supplement.
  • I made a cozy reading nest by my favorite sunny window.
  • I've been inviting friends over for visits.
  • I'm eating lots of tryptophan-bearing leafy greens like kale and chard.
  • And, to top it all off, I've added a few new herbs to my morning yerba mate blend. Here's my yerba mate recipe to beat the winter blues:

Yerba Mate + Chamomile + Passionflower + Lavender

Yerba mate raises energy and mood, supplying loads of nutrition and antioxidants along with stimulation. Yerba mate is traditionally used in South America as a catalyst. It is believed to amplify the healing effects of other medicinal herbs.

Chamomile has mild sedative properties. It may seem counterintuitive to add a sedative to a yerba mate drink, but this combo is well-tested in Argentina as a mildly energizing tension tamer.

Passionflower reduces inflammation as well as anxiety.

I round this blend out with just a pinch of lavender. This strongly aromatic flower is said to improve mood and promote healthy sleep patterns.

Seasonal Affective Disorder strikes millions of people every winter. The best strategy to stay positive is to keep feeding your body, heart, and soul with all the things that fill you up. I hope this recipe for yerba mate to beat the winter blues helps you keep it light!

Yerba mate has a strong, earthy flavor that has an herbal aroma. It can also be slightly bitter, so the unusual flavor is definitely something that you have to get used to.

Yes, yerba mate naturally contains caffeine. In fact, it has nearly as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

The drink was initially consumed for wellness because of its antioxidant properties which have been confirmed since then by scientific studies.

For the best quality yerba mate, use loose tea. Tea sachets are next best, followed by tea bags which are the lowest quality.

Yerba mate tea isn&rsquot a real tea since it&rsquos an herbal tea. To be a real tea, it needs to come from the camellia sinensis plant like black or green tea.