At first I was very hesitant to try matcha because it kind of creeped me out. I really wanted to try it because of all of the goodness it contains, but I didn’t want to get it and not like it. Then one day while grocery shopping I did something very out of the norm for me: I went to the cafe and ordered a matcha latte. The verdict? I’m obsessed. Now I have one (sometimes two) each day, usually in the afternoon. I began making my own about a month ago because, as with other types of latte habits, they can be taxing on your wallet when buying one everyday. Not to mention, when making it at home, you can control exactly what goes in it.
What is matcha you ask? It is a whole leaf green tea that is grown partially in the shade which give it the amazing health benefits, which I discuss in detail below. It is then ground into a powder that can be used in all sorts of recipes from smoothies, to lattes, to cookies!
As I mentioned above, matcha has a lot of goodness. As in antioxidants and other good stuff. Here’s the lowdown:
1. Calm energy
2. Anti-Aging Compounds (matcha skincare is a thing!)
3. It relaxes you
4. Boosts Metabolism
5. Antioxidant Power
1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder (I get mine at Whole Foods, Central Market, or Trader Joes)
3 Tbsp honey or other sweetener of choice (you can add more of less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it)
1 1/2 cups unsweetend almond milk
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds then pour over ice or pour in a mug and microwave for a hot latte. If you have a vitamix and want a hot latte, you can blend for about 3 minutes to heat it up.
Drop me a line below and let me know what you think!