I love coffee but some times I like to mix things up so I just started making Matcha lattes in the morning. They are not only super delicious but really really healthy. Let’s review why.
Matcha is a high-quality green tea that is covered before picking to accentuate the color, then stone-ground after being picked. You consume the whole tea leaf since you consume the tea powder rather than infuse tea leaves. Also, because it isn’t oxidized at all, all of the antioxidants in the leaf remain.
The taste is strong and earthy – some people would say spinachy, others would say grassy and with an umami character. This will also of course depend on the quality and source that you use. The tea used to make matcha tea is important; there are many cheaper imitations that use low-grade tea.
One cup of matcha tea is equal to the nutritional and antioxidant values of 10 cups of brewed green tea. Matchasource.com states that the levels of antioxidants in matcha green tea are higher than that of spinach and blueberries. Antioxidants help protect cells against free radicals that can destroy cells and tissues and help strengthen the immune system.
For coffee drinkers, matcha may be a better choice because it has a calming effect as well as giving an energy lift from caffeine and other elements from the tea leaf. Coffee can cause jitteriness, and a caffeine high with a crash afterwards. Matcha, while still containing caffeine, tends to cause a more even, long-term energy rise. Plus, with all of those healthy antioxidants, it is a great way to fight against disease and cancer.
Here are the things you’ll need for a match latte and how to make it!
- A Japanese Matcha Tea Whisk and Scoops for Preparing Matcha
- A ceramic bowl (if you have your own great). Otherwise, here’s a nice one.
- Organic Matcha tea from DoMatcha. This is not cheap matcha but a little goes a very long way.
The recipe is as follows:
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup plain hemp milk (or regular organic milk)
- organic, raw honey to taste
- Bring enough water to a boil for the amount of servings you are making. Whisk 1 teaspoon matcha powder per serving with 1/4 cup boiling water. Once powder is dissolved into water, mix in the hemp milk. Sweeten to taste with organic, raw honey.