It seems like matcha has been popping up everywhere, right? My neighborhood coffee shop is now serving up matcha lattes, there's matcha chia pudding at the smoothie bar, and thousands of recipes all over pinterest that are using matcha. And for good reason - it's one of the healthiest superfoods that you can incorporate into your daily life. I started drinking matcha a few months ago, and now, not a day goes by without my morning matcha latte. It's become almost as instinctual as brushing my teeth in the morning. If you're not drinking matcha yet, it's time to add this antioxidant powerhouse to your life. So let's get into a little matcha lesson shall we?
Ok, back up - what is it?
Matcha is a concentrated green tea powder from Japan. Totally different than the green tea in your Tazo tea bags. Matcha tea plants are grown in the shade, making them work much harder to stay alive. Because of this, their chlorophyll and antioxidant count goes WAY up. The nutrient-packed tea leaves are eventually steamed, dried, and ground into a fine matcha powder. So when you're drinking matcha, you're drinking the actual tea leaves, giving you 100% of their benefits! Cool!
Let's talk benefits. (I could literally write a 20-page post about this, but I'll give you the CliffsNotes.)
- Sustained ENERGY & focus, without a crash.
- "Calm, focused alertness" thanks to L-theanine - an amino acid that improves mood and
concentration, while reducing anxiety. Energy without the jitters - yes please!
- Excellent source of chlorophyll (detoxification, digestive health, hormone balance, natural cancer fighter)
- Metabolism booster & calorie burner
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-aging
- Boosts immune system
- Protects against oxidative stress
- Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- Packed with Vitamins A, C, E K, B complex, Zinc, and tons of trace minerals
All those benefits in one little teaspoon of magical green powder. Let's make some lattes, shall we!
Iced Matcha Latte
1 tsp matcha powder (I recommend ceremonial grade)
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
Optional: 3 drops liquid stevia
1. Scoop 1 tsp matcha into a glass.
2. Add water and whisk well until matcha is dissolved and there's a thin layer of foam on top.
Note: Traditional whisking method is a bamboo whisk, but you can also use a
regular whisk or this $6 frother that I love.
3. Fill a separate glass with ice and almond milk or coconut milk.
4. Pour the matcha/water into the almond milk. Add stevia drops, if desired. Whisk once more.
5. Drink up!
Hot Matcha Latte
Use all the same ingredients (except the ice!). Scoop matcha into a mug, add 1 cup boiling water. Whisk.
Add almond milk & stevia, if desired. Whisk again. Enjoy!
Who's ready to hop on the matcha bandwagon?! Thank goodness my brother educated me about the wonderful world of matcha a few months ago. He recently came back from Japan and brought me the best matcha I've ever had. I drink it and feel like I can take on anything - I know it sounds crazy, but it's true! You'll know when the matcha is really high quality because it will be a super bright green color - this means that the chlorophyll content (and all of the benefits that come along with it) is higher.
Thirsty for more matcha info? Check out some more awesome facts here and ask any questions you have in the comments below!
Cheers to your health, friends (obviously cheers-ing you with my iced almond milk matcha latte)!
Photography by Kristen Schellenberg
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.