“Caffeine – it maintains my sunny personality”
I am a huge coffee and tea fanatic, so when I first saw matcha tea trending as the cooler, and more colorful, caffeine pick-me-up I had to get my hands on it. At first, I was too lazy to go to the store and buy a container because the tea is sold in powdered form and I wasn’t sure how to brew it properly. So I took the easy route – I went to Starbucks and tried their green tea latte. It was sweet, it was smooth, and oh wait – it had more than 30g of sugar per serving.
I wasn’t ready to give up on matcha yet (it’s packed with antioxidants and other awesome health benefits), so I went to Whole Foods and bought organic matcha tea, vanilla almond milk (unsweetened option available), cinnamon sticks, honey (from a local farm), and vanilla bean powder.
- 12 ounces of vanilla almond milk (or whichever type of milk you enjoy)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder (2 teaspoons if you like it strong/bitter)
- 1 teaspoon of honey or other sweetener for taste (add more or less based on preference)
- A dash of vanilla bean extract or shredded coconut
- Garnish the latte with a cinnamon stick (or cinnamon powder)
Now The Fun Part:
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on medium until the matcha powder is dissolved, about 30-45 seconds. If you don’t have a blender, you can boil the almond milk and let it cool before whisking all the other ingredients in it.
Follow These Tips:
- If you’re new to drinking matcha, try a little bit at a time. The green tea can be a little overpowering, but with time you will get accustomed to it.
- Don’t have time to blend your latte everyday? No problem. Make three to four servings at once, put it in the refrigerator and pour over ice in the morning. I personally wouldn’t steep it for more than three days at a time.
- Fitness tip – follow the same instructions and add in a vanilla protein powder of your choice (great for a pre-workout snack).
Thank you very matcha (see what I did there)?! Until next time 🙂