Matcha Latte is my new favourite alternative to coffee. I’ve never even heard about matcha until a work colleague told me about it and its excellent health properties. In a bid to improve my health and well-being I decided to give matcha latte a try and I have never looked back since! This brightly green drink is super high in antioxidants and gives you a natural energy boost.
So What is Matcha?
Well, matcha is the term used to describe the ultra-fine grinding process of the whole tea leaf. As the whole leaf is ground to a really fine powder, this is what gives matcha its vibrant colour and potency. Unlike standard green tea leaves or bags (which are only infused in water), the leaves aren’t consumed hence why it is no match for the matcha. 🙂 By consuming the whole leaves, it is 10% more powerful in goodness than your standard green tea infused bags or loose leaves.
Matcha Health Benefits
Here are just some of the health benefits associated with matcha green tea:
- Is packed full with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg which help fight cancer cells
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories faster
- Detoxifies the body effectively and naturally
- Calms and relaxes but can also enhance mood and aid concentration
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Does not raise insulin levels
So ever since my former-work friend told me about matcha I couldn’t stop telling my other colleagues about it and promoting its excellent health benefits and properties. A lot of us in the office suffer from stomach problems which we blame our coffees for and I just thought this was the perfect drink to help cut down on coffee.
I get my soya matcha fix from the nearby EAT store. I also have matcha green tea at home to enjoy! Soya tastes the best with matcha but I’ve also tried it with rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk which all tastes lovely with it. If you want to make your own matcha latte at home, follow the steps below.
Matcha Latte Recipe
Here is my very own matcha latte recipe.
You will need:
- 1tsp high quality matcha green tea powder (can be expensive but worth it as the cheaper ones taste horrible)
- 150-200ml your choice of dairy-free milk
- 1tsp or 1 shot of coconut nectar, or agave syrup, or vanilla syrup to sweeten (optional)
- A few ice cubes if you want to make an iced latte
- a milk frother (optional)
- Put your powder into your mug/glass/cup and pour in a little bit of boiled water to create a green paste. Get rid of lumps with a small whisk or squish it with the back of the spoon.
- Heat up your dairy-free milk in a saucepan or cheat like me and put it in yhe microwave for 50secs on 800w. Skip this step if you are having it cold.
- Add your syrup (if you are having any) and dairy-free milk to the mug. Gently blitz using the milk frother or whisk with a fork to get some froth and add ice if you are having it cold… Et voila!
- There you have it; delicious matcha latte.