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The Benefits of Matcha & Latte Recipe

Matcha Geen Tea is a potent powdered tea, made from the nutrient-rich young leaves of Camellia sinesis plants, and is essentially a highly potent green tea. Unlike when drinking other green teas, where you are drinking the hot water steeped in tea leaves, with matcha, you are drinking the actual leaves.

Matcha’s healthy punch comes from the antioxidants it contains, called polyphenols. Polyphenols, have been shown to provide protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as helping to improve blood sugar regulation, and reduce blood pressure. In addition to this the EGCG polyphenol has been shown to boost metabolism and halt the growth of cancer cells.

Though matcha offers lots of health benefits, it is also important to remember that one cup can contain as many as 3 times the amount of caffeine found in leaf brewed tea and as much as one cup of coffee. Though many report that the caffeine in matcha works differently, to create an alert calmness, due to the naturally occuring l-theanine substance.

In preparation, matcha can be included in many drinks, sweet baking and savoury dishes, but it is most commonly enjoyed in a latte. This powdered tea, has a potent flavour, likened to spinach or grass, and it is best to use only a teaspoon in drinks preparation. You can also sweeten to taste, with a natural sweetener such as agavae or honey.

 

Here’s how to prepare a matcha latte at home.

Ingredients

1 gram of quality matcha powder, 1 cup of almond milk (or your choice), and 1 tsp of natural sweetener, if desired

Method

Add your milk to a pan and heat gently, add the matcha powder and begin to whisk. A milk frother will produce a better froth, but it is not essential. Add your sweetener of choice, before pouring into a glass to enjoy.