This is absolutely my new favorite morning drink.
I have always been a huge fan of green tea, and while I was on maternity leave after giving birth to our daughter, I was craving something more substantial, frothy, and comforting that just a cup of tea. I found some matcha powder in my tea cupboard that I had gotten for my birthday awhile ago (what, you don’t ask for food for your birthday?) and decided to try to make something of it. I wanted something healthy, and satisfying, and wasn’t ready to get back on the coffee train, especially since I am breastfeeding still. The problem is, I’ve been a barista for almost 9 years, so the idea of making anything latte related at home without the use of a fancy espresso machine sounded insane. BUT I am stubborn, so I tried anyway. And the result was a hella good drink my friends
Drinking matcha is one of the best things you can do for your health. Matcha, which is whole ground green tea leaves, is one of the highest sources of antioxidants, in particular the catechin, EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate). This antioxidant is known for its cancer fighting properties. Here are the other amazing health benefits:
- contains L-Theanine; an amino acid, which produces a sense of calm. Helps produce dopamine and serotonin which helps enhance memory and concentration.
- increases energy and endurance
- increases metabolism (green tea is known for helping aid in weight loss)
- high in chlorophyll, a natural heavy metal detoxifier
- catechins in the matcha have antibiotic properties
- promotes overall health; contains Vitamins A, C, iron, protein, calcium, zinc, magnesium
- 1 cup of matcha has 10x the amount of antioxidants as 1 cup of regular green tea
Can I get a hell. yea. for that? Consider swapping out your morning cup of coffee for a matcha latte every once in awhile to get in on those amazing health benefits. Matcha is also a good coffee replacement, as it will give you balanced energy without the nervous shakes or sweats that coffee can give you. Below is the recipe I use at home for a matcha latte, and also the more traditional way to have matcha tea as well. Try both and see which one you like better.
- 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
- 1.5 cups almond milk (try my nut milk recipe)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
To make it hot: First, add the milk to a blender, then the matcha powder. Blend together on the lowest setting. Then, in a small saucepan, add the mixture, and on very low heat begin to warm. As the latte warms, stir in the honey. Once the matcha is warm enough (don’t heat to over 170 degrees, as it will burn the delicate powder), pour back into the blender, and blend on a medium setting. This will give you the froth. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
To make it cold: Add the milk to a blender, then the matcha powder. Blend together on the lowest setting. Next add the honey to the mixture in the blender. Blend together on a medium setting. Pour over ice and enjoy!
- 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
- 1 cup hot water (not hotter than 170 degrees)
Add your matcha to the bottom of a small bowl. Add the hot water to the bowl slowly. Then, using a whisk (or even better, a traditional bamboo whisk if you have it) quickly whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy, or bubbly. Serve immediately.