How to Make a Matcha Latte
Fall is the season for LATTES! But did you know most store-bought lattes are loaded with added sugars and can be up to 500 calories?! This Spiced Matcha Latte is super easy to make, it's healthy and DELICIOUS!
Made with our ceremonial grade matcha powder, you'll be burning calories while you drink this! Yes, matcha tea burns 4x the amount of calories as regular green tea! It's even Vegan, Paleo, and Keto approved! So what are you waiting for?! Whip up this perfectly spiced matcha latte just in time for Fall, cuddle up on the couch, and binge watch that show you've been dying to see!
- 3 oz boiled water
- 1 tsp Teami Matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp ginger powder
- 8 oz milk of choice (we used non-dairy!)
- Optional: stevia, honey, or vanilla extract
- Boil water (on stove, in kettle, microwave) and add to small glass mixing cup
- Add matcha powder, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger to cup and whisk until combined
- Warm non-dairy milk in large mug
- Add spiced matcha water mixture to mug of milk and whisk again
- Add sweetener to taste, and enjoy
What is "matcha tea" anyways?
With a name that translates to ‘powdered tea,’ many first-time drinkers aren’t sure what to make of matcha.
Unlike other green teas that come in tea bags, matcha must be dissolved in water - leaves and all.
To drink this traditional Japanese beverage, matcha tea leaves are ground into a fine powder and added to steaming hot water in a shallow bowl. The powder is then whisked into a jade-green froth with a bamboo brush and drunk immediately.
This unique tea does more than give you a different flavor experience than regular tea, though.
Matcha green tea benefits come because the tea bushes are shaded from the sun for their last few weeks of growth. This creates a deeper green color in the leaves because their chlorophyll content increases. Naturally, this increases the tea’s antioxidant content and flavor profile to the point that matcha has a more profound flavor and rich umami taste.
Thanks to its gorgeous color and robust health qualities matcha tea is a favorite ingredient to add to lattes, smoothies, and even baked goods.
No matter how you prefer to enjoy it, incorporating matcha tea into your life will provide plenty of benefits.
Benefits of Matcha:
1. Natural Caffeine Source
One cup of matcha provides 32 grams of caffeine, which is three times as much as a regular cup of green tea and half of a small cup of coffee. This means that matcha might be what you need to wake up in the mornings and start your day feeling alert, but not jittery.
2. Boosts Mood, Memory, and Concentration
Matcha green tea benefits include a generous dose of L-Theanine, which is responsible for producing dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals that naturally improve your mood, enhance your memory, and even make it easier to concentrate on essential tasks.
L-Theanine in green tea can also stimulate alpha brain waves, which are known for slowing down your brain functioning in ways that increase your focus and concentration.
3. Energy + Calm
Unlike a cup of coffee that can leave you feeling jittery, matcha tea is renowned for promoting an ‘alert calm’ in drinkers, thanks to the amino acid l-theanine. This causes the tea’s caffeine content to be absorbed slower than other kinds of caffeine, giving you the benefits for hours without risk of overdoing it. These characteristics made matcha tea an invaluable drink in medieval Japan for all-afternoon meditation sessions that required participants to be both calm and alert.
4. Filled with Catechins
If you thought all antioxidants were created equal, think again. Matcha is filled to the brim with catechins, which are the most beneficial and most potent antioxidants available. One type of catechin, called the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), comprises 60% of the catechins found in matcha green tea and is renowned for its cancer-fighting properties. In fact, matcha has more than 100 times the EGCG level of other tea varieties.
But the antioxidant benefits of matcha don’t end there.
Matcha green tea benefits your body by providing ten times the amount of antioxidants in a cup of regular green tea. This jade green drink beats almost every superfood in regards to antioxidants, containing eight times more per serving than goji berries, 16 times more than blueberries, and 130 times more than spinach.
5. More Efficient Weight Loss
High concentrations of EGCG in matcha mean that this unassuming tea can increase the rate at which fat is burned as well as decrease the formation of new fat cells. This is because matcha can boost your metabolism, which is your body’s rate of burning calories each day. This means starting your day with matcha might make your workouts more effective.
Where can I get matcha?
Not ALL matcha green tea is created equal! The quality of matcha you buy makes all the difference in the health benefits that you get from it. Most matcha today is grown in China and Japan, and some are cultivated in contaminated soil that can contain toxic metals like lead.
For this reason, it’s crucial to buy your
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