I am a self-proclaimed tea addict, averaging two to four mugs of the stuff a day. From green to black, and a few herbals in between, my loose leaf tea purveyor has come to know me by name!
Being a tea addict is undoubtedly a good thing because, quite frankly, the stuff is amazing! But the superstar of all tea is Matcha Green Tea.
What is matcha green tea powder?
It’s a premium tea powder which is unique to Japan, used for brewed beverages and recipes. It is renowned for its numerous health benefits, including it’s richness in nutrients, antioxidants and the wonder that is chlorophyll (not bora-phyll!)
The benefits associated with consuming matcha are due in large part to the fact that the whole leaf is ingested, as opposed to just the brewed water. By comparison, nutritionally and in terms of antioxidants, drinking one cup of matcha tea is equivalent to drinking ten cups of the brewed stuff.
Matcha is known for delivering sustained energy because when the amino acid L-theanine, a known relaxant, is combined with caffeine, this drink gives users a sustained calm alertness, as opposed to the buzz characterized by coffee.
Since I discovered this powder I have used it in many applications from cheesecake to a savory salmon sauce. But the way – matcha finds its way into my life the most through my morning almond milk latte.
Every morning after my daily lemon juice shot, I make myself this smooth and silky sipper. Its full of antioxidants, to battle all the free-radicals I will likely be exposed to during the day. And it provides me sustained energy, needed in this frenetic world in which we live.
I sweeten my almost milk matcha latte with coconut sugar, as matcha needs some form of sweetness since the natural flavor is bit bitter. Once enhanced, the flavor becomes palatable and the result is a drink that cannot be described in words – only sounds! Mmmmmm!
Almond Milk Matcha Latte
- 1 ¼ cup vanilla flavored almond milk, warmed
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
Combine hot water, matcha and sugar in a blender, and buzz until smooth, or about 1 minute. This step is needed to prevent the matcha powder from lumping. Pour the mixture into a glass and top with almond milk; stir. The milk can be served warmed or chilled.
Don’t remember how to make your own almond milk? Here’s a refresher!