How To Make a Matcha Latte & Reap It's Health Benefits Posted on 24 May 14:30 , 0 comments
Lately, we've been trying to wean ourselves off of coffee. Don't get us wrong, we love coffee but we hate the shakes and headaches we get after consuming it. So, on our quest for a substitute, we found matcha, a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. Traditionally, the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremony centered on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha as a hot tea and embodied a meditative spiritual style. However, in modern times, matcha has come to be used to flavor and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream, matcha lattes (our fav), and a variety of Japanese confectionary.
Aside from it's delicious taste, matcha green tea has many health benefits. It's high in antioxidants which fight against the negative effects of UV radiation and prevents a number of life-threatening maladies. Matcha enhances calm as well as boosts our memory and concentration. In addition, matcha increases our energy levels and endurance, burns calories, and detoxifies the body, fortifying the immune system as well as improving cholesterol.
Now that you know a little bit more about our new go-to morning drink and it's benefits, we thought we'd share our favorite matcha green tea latte recipe. Make hot or cold, we love them both ways!
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 1 cup cold or hot milk (depends on what you like)
1. Spoon the matcha green tea powder and the sugar into a cup.
2. Add the warm water and mix with a spoon or with a whisk until it is a smooth dark green paste to ensure no lumps form.
3. Warm the milk in a small saucepan (or microwave for 45 seconds) and pour into the cup until nearly full. Use cold milk for an iced latte.
4. Use a whisk to mix the paste and milk together until smooth and light green in color.
5. If you so wish, you can add a few sprinkles of matcha green tea powder on the top for decoration. Or add ice for an extra cold iced latte.