After Monday morning’s decision to forgo coffee during these next 40 days of Lent I quickly realized how dependent I am on the stuff. This is only Day 2 and all I can think about is leaving work and getting an iced latte! Although I’m annoyed and a little cranky, I’m also completely convinced that I’ve made the right choice.
It shouldn’t surprise you to know that #40dayswithoutcoffee has influenced some serious research and experimentation on my part. I have been on a mission to find at least 2 or 3 healthy beverages that could help me through these next 40 days without my regular morning cup of java. I have read the research and curated the latest tea beverage trends on the web.
Of course I knew right off the bat the first one I wanted to try. It’s been on the list of “must try” foods/beverage trends for months. Many of you have heard about it already; Matcha Green Tea Latte. The following is a little bit of background knowledge on the tea and how you can make your very own at home! Here we go…
Matcha: The Basics
Matcha is just now becoming popular here in America but it has been consumed for thousands of years in Japan. It is a green tea powder that has undergone a very strict growing process. Unlike regular green tea which is steeped in hot water, the leaves are finely grounded and consumed whole. Drinking the entire leaf makes Matcha much more potent than regular green tea, and thus believed to have more antioxidants and health benefits.
What are the Benefits?
Matcha is packed with antioxidants:
Research suggests Matcha may prevent the development of diseases because of the high levels of antioxidant concentration found in the green tea leaf. Antioxidants are agents that can help protect the body counteract free radicals. These free radicals cause damage to the body known as oxidative stress.
Calms the mind and relaxes the body:
The amino acid prevalent in Matcha tea is L-theanine, which is known to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Since the tea also contains caffeine you won’t have to worry about it putting you to sleep in the morning. The best times to drink a cup would be in the morning, or early afternoon.
*Benefits similar to regular green tea.
What you’ll need:
Milk frother (or normal blender)
Small, shallow cup
- ¼ cups hot water (not too hot because it will deactivate the antioxidants in the tea)
- ½ tsp. Matcha Powder
- 1-2 tsp. pure maple syrup or honey (other sweeteners: stevia or organic sugar)
- 3/4 cups coconut milk or almond milk, steamed or heated (DO NOT use regular milk with Matcha, it may inhibit the nutrients from the tea.)
- Add the hot water, Matcha powder, and the sweetener of your choice to your tea cup.
- Use a blender to combine this mixture together (if you have a small bamboo whisk you can use that instead.)
- Heat the coconut milk on the stove top, or using a milk frother (I use the one attached to my expresso maker.)
- Add the hot milk to the mug with the Matcha mixture, stir, and enjoy!