Matcha Benefits and a Matcha Latte Recipe
Matcha has been blowing up the social media food scene as a top superfood and for good reason, its super high in antioxidants!
Matcha is made from ground whole green tea leaves. The only difference between green tea and matcha is that for green tea you are steeping the leaves in hot water and for matcha you're dissolving a green tea leaf powder which means ingesting the entire leaf. Matcha is higher in antioxidants and caffeine than green tea but lower in caffeine than coffee and black tea. Got that?
My experience with matcha so far is that I don't have the same crash as coffee or the same energy dip between 2-4pm in the afternoon. I love mixing it up in a nut milk latte so I'm including my recipe for that here! I use my Vitamix to blend mine but you can also use a bamboo matcha whisk which works great (most cooking stores or David's Tea carry them) or just use a spoon to stir it up its just a bit harder to dissolve.
Bring water to a boil. Pour 1 c. boiling water to your blender and add maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, matcha powder and collagen powder. Blend on low for about 30 seconds then top with frothed warm cashew milk.
I add coconut oil and collagen because having only maple syrup in my latte would mean that the first thing I'm ingesting in the morning is straight sugar! Not a good idea for balancing blood sugar, that's why I add protein and fat too! A well rounded, nutritious latte.
If you have any questions please leave a comment below!