When it's hotter than 🔥🔥🔥 and you come across a recipe for iced matcha tea lattes from the ever-talented Lindsay of weeknightbite.com...you do the responsible thing and share that shiz because look.at.it. You're welcome. Lindsay is a holistic nutrition student and the blogger behind WeekNight Bite–where you'll find cooking tips, tricks and videos of healthy and delicious recipes that are quick and effortless. Read on for the recipe then go say hi on instagram @weeknightbite.
Matcha matcha matcha
It seems like matcha has been popping up everywhere, right? My neighborhood coffee shop is now serving up matcha lattes, there's matcha chia pudding at the smoothie bar, and thousands of recipes all over pinterest that are using matcha. And for good reason - it's one of the healthiest superfoods that you can incorporate into your daily life. I started drinking matcha a few months ago, and now, not a day goes by without my morning matcha latte. It's become almost as instinctual as brushing my teeth in the morning. If you're not drinking matcha yet, it's time to add this antioxidant powerhouse to your life. So let's get into a little matcha lesson shall we?
Wait back up...what is it?
Matcha is a concentrated green tea powder from Japan. Totally different than the green tea in your Tazo tea bags. Matcha tea plants are grown in the shade, making them work much harder to stay alive. Because of this, their chlorophyll and antioxidant count goes WAY up. The nutrient-packed tea leaves are eventually steamed, dried, and ground into a fine matcha powder. So when you're drinking matcha, you're drinking the actual tea leaves, giving you 100% of their benefits! Cool!
Let's talk benefits
- Sustained energy & focus, without a crash
- A "calm, focused alertness" thanks to L-theanine–an amino acid that improves mood and concentration, while reducing anxiety
- Excellent source of chlorophyll (detoxification, digestive health, hormone balance, natural cancer fighter)
- Metabolism booster & calorie burner
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-aging
- Boosts immune system
- Protects against oxidative stress
- Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- Packed with Vitamins A, C, E K, B complex, Zinc, and tons of trace minerals
aka a teaspoon of magical green powder 💫
Iced Matcha Latte
1 tsp matcha powder (I recommend ceremonial grade)
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
Optional: 3 drops liquid stevia
Scoop 1 tsp matcha into a glass.
Add water and whisk well until matcha is dissolved and there's a thin layer of foam on top.
Fill a separate glass with ice and almond milk or coconut milk.
Pour the matcha/water into the almond milk.
Add stevia drops, if desired. Whisk once more.
Make it hot