Bulletproof Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha is more than just a pretty insta pic. It's a more concentrated form of green tea that's ground into a very fine powder and leaves behind so many great health benefits. Literally meaning "powdered tea," matcha is traditionally drank out of a bowl rather than a mug using both hands and has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies for hundreds of years.
Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll, as well as other vitamins and nutrients. Typically, you consume only 10 - 20 percent of the nutrients in original steeped tea...however, when you drink matcha, you get 100 percent of the tea’s nutrients! Matcha green tea also contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to all natural fruits and vegetables known to date #funfact.
Health benefits include:
- Boosts energy
- Promotes weight loss
- Lowers type two diabetes risk
- Detoxifies the body
- Helps prevent cancer
- Improves immune system function
How to Choose Matcha
Matcha is available at local grocery stores, health food stores and even some coffee shops, as well as online. But please, be mindful - it’s easy to buy the wrong matcha powder! You might think you’re getting the good stuff, but take a look at the nutrition info as it’s very common to find sugar as well as powdered milk in many “matcha powders.” This is definitely not what you want, but it’s what’s commonly used in coffee shops to make those matcha green tea lattes.
You want to look for a matcha powder with one ingredient: matcha. Opt for organic and non-GMO when possible. Ceremonial-grade matcha (yes it sounds fancy, but you deserve the good stuff, right?!) is what you want for making a properly whisked tea. You can also add it to smoothies and baking recipes.
The following recipe is a more #extra than a regular cup of matcha green tea. If you want to keep things simple, have a look at the directions below:
Directions can vary, but one easy way to “properly” make matcha green tea is the following:
- Fill kettle with fresh, filtered water and heat to just short of boiling.
- Fill matcha bowl or cup with hot water and pour out (to warm the bowl/cup).
- Add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to bowl or cup.
- Add 2 ounces of nearly boiled water.
- Whisk (ideally with a bamboo brush or tea whisk) water and powder briskly for a minute or two until it looks thick and frothy with tiny bubbles.
- Add 3 to 4 more ounces of water.