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The Matcha Green Tea Latte

by Megan Schwarz | March 06, 2015 | 0 Comments



Normally, I am the first to be all over health food trends – coconut yogurt, kombucha, maca – you name it, I’ve tried it. Or at least I’m familiar with the concept. Somehow matcha green tea managed to pass me right by. Even Starbucks has a matcha green tea latte! Where have I been?? Well I’m caught up now and I’m bringing you the matcha green tea latte that I make every day at home!

What makes matcha better than regular old green tea? For starters, matcha powder is made by grinding the entire green tea leaf, which creates a more nutrient-dense tea. In fact, one cup of matcha is equivalent to approximately 10 cups of regular green tea. Additionally, the caffeine content in matcha is about half that of espresso so it’s a great middle ground for those looking to kick caffeine, but can’t quite do it. Plus matcha contains L-Theanine, which slows the release of the caffeine, so you avoid caffeine’s typical highs and lows. Most impressive is that matcha contains higher levels of antioxidants per gram than goji berries, dark chocolate, and acai berries. Consider matcha your new superfood!

Let’s make a latte!

Ingredients:
- ½ tsp-1 tsp matcha green tea powder*
- ¼ cup of boiling water
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions:
Scoop matcha powder into your favorite mug. Begin boiling water in a teakettle while heating almond milk on the stove in a small saucepan. When water begins to boil, pour over the matcha powder and use a whisk to dissolve. Continue whisking while you pour in the warm almond milk.

Et voila! Simple as that. What are you waiting for?? Go make yourself a latte!

*I am currently using Republic of Tea Matcha Green Tea Powder, but a reader tip has recently turned me on to Breakaway Matcha. I immediately ordered a tin of the culinary matcha and can’t wait to try it! 

Tagged: diet, matcha-green-tea, recipe

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