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A Matcha Latte & the Benefits of Green Tea

What Exactly is Matcha Green Tea?

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Matcha actually means “powdered tea.”  So when you order green tea at the local coffee shop, what you’re getting are the leaves that have been infused in hot water. Afterwards, you typically toss away the tea bag.  But when it comes to matcha, the leaves have been made into a fine powder and you’re drinking the actual leaves! Traditionally you would mix about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (not boiling), and whisk with a bamboo brush until it froths.

The preparation of matcha is fairly intense.  The tea plants are covered with shade cloths before they’re harvested. The process of harvesting triggers the growth of leaves and makes more flavorful and promotes stronger texture. The leaves are then hand selected, steamed (to stop fermentation), dried and aged in cold storage. The drying and aging of the leaves helps to deepen the flavor before they are stone-ground into a fine powder.

Why drink matcha?

High quality matcha is a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. Matcha also provides vitamins and minerals. Rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, consuming matcha has been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, as well as, help to regulate blood sugar, reduce blood pressure, and prevent aging. EGCG, another polyphenol found in green tea, can also help to promote weight loss by boosting your metabolism.

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5 minutes. Gluten free. Vegan. Paleo.

Ingredients:

  • 1c Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1c filtered water
  • 1t matcha green tea
  • stevia to taste
  • *optional 1T hydrolyzed collagen protein

Directions

Begin by heating coconut milk and water in one pot on the stove (don’t boil). Add remaining ingredients. Pour the contents into a blender and blend or 30 seconds at a medium speed. [You could also use an immersion blender on the stove top].

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2 thoughts on “A Matcha Latte & the Benefits of Green Tea

  1. I’ve been hearing so much about “matcha” tea and really never took the time to look into what that meant. Thanks for clearing that up! Seems like this would be quite versatile (and is this what goes into green tea flavoured ice cream and similar products?). May I ask, what does adding the hydrolyzed collagen protein do, just thicken it a little? If so, could you recommend a vegan substitute (would chia seeds work maybe?) Thanks Kristine!

    1. Matcha tea has such amazing health benefits. Certainly not true of all products, however, a lot of green tea ice creams, smoothies, mochis are just made of artificial colorings and flavor additives. Regarding collagen, Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, connecting various tissues. The intake of collagen helps with the elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. In a way it holds our body together. Not sure of any vegan substitutes collagen but because it’s synthesized from hydrolyzed lysine and proline. You can could potentially get similar benefits by consuming legumes, like peanuts and upping your vitamin c intake 🙂

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