As you may have read in my Instagram post, I used to hate matcha. I tried matcha in so many forms, but I eventually started to love the taste once I realized you can do more with it than just mix it with water (not my favorite way to drink it). Matcha is like a concentrated green tea powder, except one brewed cup of matcha is the antioxidant equivalent of ten cups of green tea. Plus, after some research, I realized just how beneficial it is for you to drink matcha:
- Packed with antioxidants
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies the body
- Calming and relaxing factors (we all need some of that)
- Vitamin, chlorophyll, and fiber rich
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
I'm not a matcha professional and I'm definitely not a barista, but I was so tired of dropping five bucks every time I stop to get a matcha latte - so I decided to try my own DIY recipe.
- 12 oz mug
- Kitchen thermometer
- 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
- 3 tablespoons of boiling water (160 degrees)
- 1 1/4 cup of milk (regular, coconut, almond, or soy)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Sugar or honey (optional)
- Add 1 tsp. of matcha powder into the mug; if you want a lighter taste, add 1/2 tsp.
- Boil water until temperature reads 160 degrees.
- Bring milk to boil in a saucepan. If you have an espresso machine that froths milk for you - use it! Boiling milk on the stove will froth around 160 degrees.
- In the meantime, add 3 tbs. of the boiling water into the matcha and whisk together until frothy.
- Add vanilla and sweetener, then whisk again.
- Once the milk has reached 160, pour into the mug until full. Clearly mine does not look like the lattes in the movies... *Cue your latte art talents here*
Hot day? Matcha is SO good iced too! You still have to boil the water to mix the matcha. But you can just pour in the other ingredients over ice!