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Delicious Frothy Matcha Latte In Under 5 Minutes

Delicious Frothy Matcha Latte In Under 5 Minutes

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Not going to lie, when I realized there was a quick and easy way to make matcha lattes that didn't involve fancy ceramic cups and tons of whisking, I broke out into a happy dance. My matcha obsession had hit an all time high and shelling out $4-5 multiple times a week just wasn’t working for me or my bank account anymore.

 

This led to me experiment in my kitchen and after some unpalatable concoctions, I managed to zero in on this winning recipe. If you're like me and enjoy the soothing feeling of sipping a warm cup of matcha latte, you're going to love that you can make your own in less than 5 minutes and the clean up is minimal.

 

Before we get to the recipe, here's a quick cheat sheet to give you a little refresher on what matcha is and some of the amazing benefits it has to offer.

 

Ma-what?!

Matcha is finely powdered green tea. It originated in Japan and was traditionally used in elaborate tea ceremonies that celebrated peace, love and happiness. The tea ceremony also encouraged social bonding and celebrated the simplicity of everyday life. The tea ceremony usually requires specific hand movements and graceful choreography, which can take hours to master.

 

4 Fun Facts About Matcha:

 

  1. It's the most potent green tea and contains 15 times more nutrients than regular loose leaf green tea. 

    Matcha powder comes from the entire green tea leaf, which means that you get all the nutrients and vitamins. In some types of green tea, the vitamin C gets left behind in the tea leaves, which don't end up in your tea cup.
     
  2. It provides a slow release of caffeine.

    Consuming matcha lets you experience a sustained level of alertness because of l-theanine, a type of amino acid that allows your body to relax without feeling drowsy. Unlike coffee, you won't experience jitters or a caffeine crash with matcha.
     
  3. It's rich in two types of antioxidants: catechins and EGCG

    Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage. When we eat foods that are high in antioxidants, compounds are released into our blood, which slowly make their way to our cells to remove free radicals before they can cause us harm. Catechin is an antioxidant that is more powerful than vitamins C and E in stopping damage to our cells. Research has also shown that matcha has 137 times more EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) than China Green Tips green tea.
     
  4. It detoxifies our bodies.

    Matcha has high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll give matcha its vibrant green color and is also very effective at detoxifying our bodies from toxins, chemicals and heavy metals. Chlorophyll also allows more oxygen and nutrients to be transported through our bloodstream to our cells, which then allows our body to regenerate and cleanse itself at a cellular level.

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk of your choice (I usually use non-dairy alternatives like almond milk or hemp milk)

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp matcha powder (I use Chalait's Top Ceremonial Grade Matcha)

2 tsp honey or other sweetener of your choice (optional)

 

Directions:

Heat the milk on your stove top or in your microwave (if you're short on time). Pour the milk, coconut oil and matcha powder into your blender and blend till fully mixed. Add honey or any other sweetener of your choice if you want some sweetness. Enjoy!

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