Looking for a refreshing, creamy treat? Then an iced matcha latte is just the ticket. And don't worry. It is super simple to make at home. You don't need to spend $6 at a coffee shop to get one. And yours will be tastier and healthier.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is powdered green tea. It is slightly different than regular green tea because farmers grow it differently to get the best flavor and texture. But other than that, it is just green tea. But when you drink matcha, you are consuming the whole leaf. Not just what the hot water extracted from the leaves. So matcha has more antioxidants than regular green tea.
Health Benefits of Matcha
- Cancer prevention
- May lower cholesterol
- May prevent atherosclerosis
The primary health benefits of matcha are due to its catechins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The primary catechin is EGCG, which has been widely studied, particularly as an adjunct to cancer treatment. Matcha also contains theanine, which is an amino acid. Theanine promotes neurotransmitters that make us feel calm and relaxed. So matcha can be beneficial for anxiety and insomnia.
Iced Matcha Latte
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1 tsp matcha
- liquid stevia to taste
Blend all the ingredients together and serve over ice. You can use an immersion blender, a regular blender, or a single-serving blender. You can also whisk it, but the texture may be grainy. Using a blender gives you a smooth, creamy texture with a little foam. Feel free to adjust the ratio of the ingredients to suit your taste. Liquid stevia is a very strong sweetener derived from a plant. It contains no calories and no sugar. Since it is so strong, start with a few drops and increase from there.
You can now find matcha at many grocery stores and health food stores where they sell tea. Be sure to check the ingredients! There are many matcha products that only contain a little bit of matcha and a bunch of filler ingredients. And we want pure matcha for this latte.
- Yarnell, Eric. Camellia sinensis. 2007 (from Botanical Medicine Classes at Bastyr University)
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