The next time you're struggling through that afternoon energy slump at work, hold fire on your usual cup of coffee and whip up a healthy Matcha Tea Latte instead. Here's an easy 'How To' if you fancy trying one.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is finely ground whole green tea leaves that's usually sold in a powder format. It's high in catechins, a type of powerful antioxidant that has been linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease. It also gives you an energy boost but has a much lower caffeine content than coffee so you can the boost without the shakiness, jitters or headaches afterwards. Matcha is deemed healthier than standard green tea because it's made up of whole green tea leaves so it has more antioxidants as a result. It's been used in Japan since the 8th century and still very popular thanks to its health benefits and unique taste.
What does it take like?
That unique taste I mentioned just now? Truth be told, I'm not a fan of Matcha on its own because it's very, very strong and very, very bitter - like regular green tea but times 1000! This might be because I have a sweet tooth, but I personally don't like it in its pure tea form. However, blended into a Latte or a Smoothie, I find it much more palatable.
How To Make a Matcha Latte (one cup/serving)
200ml of Milk or Milk Substitute - I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp of Matcha powder - I used Eat Clean Tea Pure Matcha Green Tea* (30g, £17.95, link)
1 tbsp of hot water
1tsp of Honey or Natural Sweetener of your choice
Add 1tbsp of hot water to your 1/2 tsp of Matcha and stir until it turns into a paste like so.
Heat your milk/milk substitute in a pan until it's hot but not boiling. Add your honey/natural sweetener and stir until combined.
Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the Matcha paste that you made up earlier. You can use a frother for extra foam/creaminess.
You're done! Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!
Have you tried a Matcha Latte?
Are you a fan of Matcha?