Creamy and healthy Matcha latte
How about a healthy, delicious, antioxidant-rich drink that replaces your coffee while keeping your hormones balanced? Reducing my caffeine intake through coffee was an excellent way to learn about Matcha green tea.
This matcha latte with a basil hint is my go-to morning energy kick. It is easy to make, rich in antioxidants, and requires only four ingredients.
This emerald-colored drink contains about ½ the caffeine of coffee. So you can have a pick-me-up but reduce your caffeine intake.
After figuring out the tea’s subtle bitterness and grassy flavor, a matcha latte with coconut milk and a touch of basil is the best version. Its slight bitterness goes very well with the creaminess of whole milk. If you are not a basil lover, leave it out.
I wanted to use a natural-flavored sweetener like honey. Since I am allergic to honey, I switched to homemade dandelion syrup, which tastes like honey and offers many health benefits.
During the cold season, honey can support your immune system, relieve cold symptoms, and give you energy when recovering from a cold.
Coconut milk, dandelion syrup, and Matcha go amazingly well together.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea processed into a fine powder. The traditional Japanese tea ceremony surrounding Matcha dates back thousands of years.
Matcha is traditionally prepared in a small bowl with a bamboo whisk and can be used to make hot and cold drinks, smoothies or as an ingredient in cakes and pastries.
Because of its unique flavor and its status as a superfood, Matcha is now used in many healthy recipes.
The tea leaves grown for Matcha are specially shade-grown to increase chlorophyll content and the amino acid theanine, which is believed to give the drink its deep earthy flavor and medicinal properties.
Matcha is trendy in Asia and is used in beverages, baked goods, and other sweet treats.
Its popularity has continued to grow in recent years as many major coffee houses, including Starbucks, offer their versions of the drink.
Matcha and health benefits
Matcha is known for its fantastic health benefits and can help improve your immune system and energy levels and slow skin aging.
Matcha promotes relaxation
Despite its caffeine content, Matcha has a calming effect and helps promote relaxation due to its high content of the chemical L-theanine. It allows for a constant release of caffeine which helps to stay focused and relaxed.
Matcha is healthier than coffee and helps relieve stress.
Matcha also contains some additional nutrients not found in coffee that can improve brain function. L-theanine promotes alertness, concentration, and relaxation.
While Matcha promotes relaxation, one of the side effects of coffee is causing anxiety and nervousness in some people.
Improves the immune system
The antioxidants found in Matcha protect cells from free radicals and boost your immune system. One of the antioxidants, called catechin, protects the body from bacterial and viral infections.
Protection from free radicals helps reduce inflammation and relieves symptoms of some long-term conditions such as arthritis.
Improves energy levels
Matcha contains some caffeine and antioxidants. Consumed in a balanced form, Matcha has some health benefits that also improve energy levels.
Tips for women with endometriosis
I have been struggling with endometriosis for years. After research and experimentation, I have found a way to keep endometriosis at bay.
I proudly call myself an endometriosis conqueror.
I succeeded in this battle due to my focus on food quality and how my body feels after different meals.
This matcha latte can successfully replace your morning or mid-day coffee. It is one of my endo-friendly drinks packed with health benefits.
It’s worth a try, and see how your body feels afterward.
What are the ingredients for the Matcha latte?
1 tsp of organic matcha powder
250 ml of full-fat coconut milk (or whole cow milk)
Two drops of a good vanilla extract brand
Honey or dandelion syrup (or maple syrup) to taste. I used two tablespoons of homemade dandelion syrup.
4 to 5 medium basil leaves (optional)
1 to 2 ice cubes
For garnish: organic cinnamon powder
How to prepare the matcha latte?
A homemade matcha latte is cheaper than the one bought from the coffee shop. The significant advantage is that you control the ingredients, avoid a lot of sugar and use a healthier sweetener.
Tips for making this matcha latte:
Make sure you use a good brand of organic matcha powder.
Boiling milk is an absolute no-no for Matcha, as it increases the bitterness. Cold milk is, therefore, a must.
To get the creaminess of this latte, you will need a blender or electric milk frother. Another option is a whisk.
I prefer the blender because it “dissolves” the Matcha in no time.
Since Matcha has a slightly bitter taste, you will need full-fat milk to soften the bitterness and make a creamy matcha latte. You can use full-fat cow’s milk or coconut milk.
For the non-vegan version, full-fat cow milk works best for a matcha latte.
Put all the ingredients in the blender jar
Blend until everything is well mixed.
Sweeten to taste.
Pour the matcha latte into your favorite mug
Add an ice cube or 2 (optional)
Garnish it with some cinnamon powder on top.
Note: Add one tablespoon of coconut cream or coconut yogurt for extra creaminess.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
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Wishing you a fall filled with healthy, delicious drinks, inspiration, and good things,
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