Guide To Matcha Lattes

 
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Matcha lattes are the IT drink right now, and this is a trend I'm actually really excited about. Tons of matcha cafes have been popping up, but a lot of people struggle with making the drink at home. I'm here to help!

First, let's start with the benefits of drinking matcha. Thankfully, unlike a lot of other superfoods, there is lots of evidence to back up the numerous health claims about matcha. Here are some of the reasons you'll want to sip on this green tea: 

1. A Caffeine Boost Without The Jitters

Sometimes, you really just need caffeine to get through a long day or to help you focus, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you're like me, coffee can make you feel quite crappy, possibly even making you feel anxious and jittery.

But Hallelujah! Matcha gives you the energy boost without the jitters. Even though matcha does contain a solid amount of caffeine, it also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. I've definitely noticed a huge difference when I switched from coffee to matcha. Now I feel alert throughout the day, but I am more relaxed and like myself. 

2. Antioxidants

Matcha is green tea after all, which means it's a good source of antioxidants. In fact, matcha has 10 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Because matcha contains finely ground leaves that are consumed whole rather than strained, you consume a lot more of the good stuff. Drinking matcha can help fight off cancer and even heart disease. 

3. Boosted Metabolism

Although this isn't really the reason I drink it, matcha can also help with your weight loss goals. Green tea can help speed up your metabolism and even help with fat burning. Of course, this probably requires drinking matcha frequently, but every little bit helps!

It's worth noting that quality when buying matcha matters. You don't have to necessarily splurge for the expensive stuff, but make sure you opt for matcha that is pure matcha and not mixed with other green tea, and make sure it's from Japanese leaves! I usually go for culinary grade, which I find best.

Here are some of my favorite brands:

Another thing I really love about matcha is how easy it is to blend in other healthy ingredients. This allows me to start my day with all my favorite healthy food powders. You can add anything from collagen powder, to superfood powders, to protein powders, to a blend of adaptogens. I usually add collagen to both my hot and cold matchas and coconut butter to my hot ones. Sometimes I will add in some probiotic powder as well.

And finally, here's a recipe for my favorite morning matcha latte. Feel free to subtract, add, and substitute as desired — there's no one right way, and I encourage experimenting! I added some edible flowers on mine for aesthetics, but I definitely do not do that every morning!! Trust me, it still tastes great without!

  • 1 cup hot (but not boiling) water
  • 1-2 teaspoons matcha powder 
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon collagen powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or 1/2 Medjool date)
  • Edible roses (for garnish, totally optional!)

1. Blend ingredients together in a high-speed blender for about 1 minute until smooth and frothy. Serve warm. 

To make an iced latte: Instead of using boiling water, just use 1 1/2 cups milk of choice and blend. Pour over ice.

To make a rose latte: Add 1-2 tablespoons culinary rosewater. Here is the brand I use: