Savoring Matcha Moments: Matcha Latte Recipe

By now, you've probably heard many of the health benefits of matcha tea. If you haven't tried it yet, you may want to stock up because it's so good for you!

The wellness community is ever-changing, and there seems to be no shortage of trendy diets and superfoods to try out. But how do we navigate through what is effective and what is nonsense? The science behind matcha, the green powder that people have been putting into smoothies and lattes, has proved that this superfood does indeed have some health benefits.

Read on to learn more about why you should start incorporating matcha into your regime and all of the health benefits of matcha tea that you can enjoy.

Why You Should Savor Matcha Moments

So What Is Matcha Exactly?

Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries as a traditional sacred beverage. Today, you can’t go to a coffee shop or juice bar without seeing it offered on the menu.

Matcha is a green powder made from a particular type of green tea leaf. Matcha differs from regular green tea because unlike green tea, matcha is covered and grown in the shade for up to 20 weeks before being harvested. Living and growing in the shade allows the chlorophyll levels to increase, giving matcha powder a bright green coloring. After 20 weeks, the green tea leaves are dried out and ground into a fine powder, ready to be used in your favorite coffee creation.

Health Benefits You'll Love

The health benefits of green tea have been scientifically proven time and time again, and that goes for matcha as well. Thanks to the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in matcha you can expect:

  • Increased metabolic function
  • Decreased risk of most types of cancers
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Improved brain function
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Slower aging process
  • Immune system support
  • Decreased inflammation in the body

It does everything for improved overall health and can even reverse many existing health conditions and diseases. Both matcha powder and green tea possess powerful antioxidants and healing properties, but matcha has a higher potency. Compared to your standard green tea, studies have proven that matcha has up to three times the amount of EGCG!

The Optimal Dosage

You might be wondering how much of the green powder you have to consume to get the greatest benefits. From the research, the optimal dosage is about 100 to 200 mg of EGCG, which equates to about 2 to 5 cups of matcha a day. To get the most out of this superfood, try to drink it as a tea without adding milk or any other ingredients. You can still enjoy a matcha latte in moderation - just try to include other sources as well.

The positives of drinking matcha tea outweigh the negatives, but like most things in life, there are pros and cons. Heavy metals such as lead can be found in many plant products because they absorb them from the soil. All teas, not just matcha, absorb lead at a higher rate, and it’s thought to be higher in matcha because you are consuming the whole leaf, not just what is left after steeping it.

To decrease your exposure to heavy metals in your matcha tea, try to avoid any tea that comes from China. Studies have shown that the pollution in China causes the leaves to contain higher levels of lead. Read the label on your matcha tea and make sure it’s from Japan.


What You'll Need

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder

1 tablespoon hot water

2 teaspoons honey, or to taste

3/4 cup hot cashew or almond milk
 

What You'll Need To Know

Sift the matcha powder into a cup.

Add the water and stir until no lumps remain.

Stir in the honey.

Add the milk and serve.


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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Lucuma Matcha Latte

I want to share my current warm-tonic-matcha-addiction with you. This Lucama Matcha Latter is so frothy, creamy and delicious. 

lucama matcha latte

There is something so delicious about Matcha, combined with lucama, collagen and a good source of fat that helps give me sustainable energy, optimal brain function, and focus. So much so, it'll make you not miss coffee.

You'll love that lucuma powder delivers plenty of health benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage, and has a slightly sweet taste to it. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.

lucama matcha latte

LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE

Makes 1 serving

What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality, I used Tea Bar brand)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (I used MRM brand*)
1 scoop vanilla collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins brand)
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1 cup warm cashew milk
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp Ashwagandha (I used SunPotions brand)
1 tbsp Honey or 2-3 drops Stevia
1 pinch of sea salt

* Use promo code 'valerie' on MRM for 40% off your order.

What You'll Need To Know

1. Add the Matcha powder and hot water to a high-speed blender. Secure the top of your blender and blend for 30 sec.

2. Then add the Lucuma, collagen, coconut oil and ashwagandha, sweetner, sea salt and blend again.

3. In a small pot warm up the cashew milk and then add it to the blender as well. If you are using a VitaMix, skip this step and blend for 3 minutes until warm.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

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Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

Try and try and try again. That's basically the theme when it comes to recipe developing. Sometimes you nail it on the first attempt; other times it takes three or four attempts. That's what happened with this Matcha Mint Chia Pudding.

Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

This recipe started off as an ambitious Matcha Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding (and when I say chocolate, I really mean cacao nibs!) My first attempt was overdone with mint and maybe a bit too much matcha, and failure to blend the mint leaves with the nut milk. The second attempt, I cut back on the mint leaves, blended them up with the nut milk and a bit less matcha, and it tasted a bit better. The third attempt, out of pure laziness to make nut milk, I used a cinnamon cashew milk blend from Greenleaf Juicing, a local juice and smoothie shop here in Portland. I was on to something here! This inspired what would be my final attempt to get this recipe right. I blended up homemade cashew milk with coconut shavings, a couple of mint leaves, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and dates. It was magic and time to add some matcha to the mix.

This chia seed pudding recipe is pretty darn delicious! The hints of mint and the shift between grassy to sweet of the matcha are complimented by the slight hints of vanilla and coconut. It was reminiscent of my favorite Tea Bar drink, Matcha Latte with Coconut Milk, but with an added hint of mint. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! 

Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

What You'll Need

1 1/2 cup Cashew Milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp matcha green tea powder (I used Tea Bar's brand)
2 fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp coconut shavings, unsweetened
2 Medjool dates, pitted (or 1 tbsp honey)
Pinch of sea salt
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds

Toppings
Blueberries
Hemp seeds
Cacao nibs

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender, combine all the above ingredients, except for the chia seeds, hemp seeds, and toppings. Blend until smooth.

Pour into a medium sized bowl and gently whisk in chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 1 hour so the chia seeds can absorb the liquid.

Top with blueberries, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs.

Stores well in the fridge, covered for up to 2 - 3 days.

Recipe makes 1 serving.