Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Since I don’t drink coffee anymore, I’m always in search of new and delicious non-coffee alternatives that go beyond just a cup of tea.  While I don’t miss coffee per se, I do miss my vanilla lattes and was searching for something comprable when I came across matcha green tea.  Matcha is a finely powdered green tea that’s made from more mature whole tea leaves grown in the shade. The health benefits of matcha tea surpass regular green tea in terms of antioxidants and nutritional value, and you’d have to drink 10 cups of regular green tea to get the same benefits that you would from one cup of matcha!

Besides being high in antioxidants, matcha helps to boost your metabolism, aids in detoxification, burns calories, is full of fiber, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, is full of vitamins (vitamin C, magnesium, zinc to name a few), fights against viruses, and helps to calm and relax.  You can find matcha at most health food stores or online.  I’ve been drinking the organic DoMatcha and you can find it at Whole Foods or online.  Here’s my quick and easy recipe for your own at-home matcha latte . . . enjoy!

I sprinkle my matcha latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon 
 
Ingredients: 
1/2 – 1 tsp. matcha powder
2 oz. hot water
6 oz. steamed/frothed milk of  your choice (I use organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Pour matcha into a cup.  Add hot water to matcha a stir until it combines and becomes a smooth paste.  Add frothed milk, stir and enjoy!
Tips:  You can also omit either the water or the milk, and have an all water or all milk matcha tea as well.  To get my milk frothy I use a milk brother from Ikea that works great. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10076320.
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