My current obsession: Matcha Green Tea Lattes
Updated: May 13, 2018
I go through phases where I’ll drink a lot of tea and then completely stop for awhile. I do love matcha but the craving varies depending on my mood. I always keep a tin in my fridge for those times I’m into it again. Like nowadays.
Confession time, though. The other day I got a Starbucks matcha green tea latte made with coconut milk and heavy cream. I asked about sugar content and apparently their matcha powder contains sugar. Knowing this, I decided to take a gamble on how much and ordered it anyway. *gasp*
A few things happened. First of all, I LOVED it. Drank that thing so fast likely because it was so sweet. Another huge problem was the heavy cream. Dairy has not been my pal for quite some time. I’m not lactose-intolerant, per se, but my stupid leaky gut means that dairy bloats me like I’m in my 3rd trimester. Why did I order it that way then? Well, I suppose I was in a defiant mood. I love cream and knew the coconut milk was not the consistency I desired. Plus it has a nice fat profile for my ketogenic diet (yes, I know…the sugar was NOT helpful, do not lecture me haha).
Now that my eyes were dilated from the sugar, my gut bloated from the cream, and my endorphins kicking in from being super sensitive to all of the above, I decided I better not do that again. When I got home, I ordered a fresh container of matcha so I can just make them at home.
Why is matcha so special?
Matcha tea tastes great when you find a quality brand. The health benefits of matcha are numerous and well-studied. One of the coolest things is that matcha green tea has cancer-inhibiting effects for certain types of cancers. Many of these cancer-prevention benefits were found when people consumed 5-6 cups per day. It has a compound in it called Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCG) that studies have shown to be effective in treating “metabolic syndrome, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular risk factors.”
When placed under electrokinetic chromatography, researchers found the concentration levels of this compound (EGCG) were 137 times greater than in dry leaf tea, making matcha a far more powerful antioxidant than just regular green tea. This is because you consume the entire tea leaf in powder form. (I know you’re wondering what electrokinetic chromatography is. So am I. While I didn’t uncover the definitions in layman’s terms, my way of saying this is that it’s a screening method where they spread the particles out in a solution. Scientists, please chime in!)
Nutrients found in matcha are antiviral, antibacterial and the chlorophyll it contains naturally detoxifies the body. It provides cholesterol-reduction effects. Be sure to drink more water when consuming matcha because it can be a diuretic.
Matcha is a metabolism booster and helps burn body fat. It contains nutrients such as vitamin C, chromium, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Drinking matcha can be very calming and its relatively lower caffeine content is a great way to wean yourself off of coffee or other highly caffeinated beverages.
Back to the recipe. Let me know what you think. I even linked you to a BONUS recipe for Matcha Mint Ice Cream. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, GET ONE NOW! You will love it.
Matcha Green Tea Coconut Latte
By Krista Smith, NTP
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes, plus frothing
½ tsp matcha green tea powder
1 C hot water
½ C full-fat coconut milk
1 C Coconut Milk Beverage, or more regular coconut milk
½ T MCT oil
5 drops stevia (to taste, optional)
Dissolve the matcha tea powder in the hot water. Set aside.
On the stovetop, gently bring the coconut milk(s) to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add stevia, MCT oil. Using an immersion blender, froth the mixture until foamy. Add in the stevia and continue blending until well combined. Pour into a mug and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve hot.
Alternate method: Skip the stovetop and immersion blender and instead use a plug-in milk frother.
Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774
Beneficial Effects of Green Tea--A Review, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16582024