What’s Better Than a Matcha Latte?

What’s better than a matcha latte? Nothing! No but really the Matcha latte has really grown on me. I have been using a combination of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and organic full fat coconut milk to make it and WOW it’s delicious.

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I have heard about the benefits of Matcha and green tea in general, but I’m more of a coffee fan than tea fan so I never tried it. It tastes like extra concentrated green tea, which makes sense because that’s exactly what it is! Matcha is created by steaming tea leaves and grinding them into a very fine powder (1). I was hesitant to try it because of the strong flavor, until I decided to make a latte out of it. The naturally sweet coconut and almond milk really calm down the strong Matcha flavor and make it an enjoyable beverage to start your day with.

 

The Benefits

 

Fat Burning & Cancer Prevention

A lot of the hype around Matcha has to do with fat burning (2). While this is has been shown in research to be beneficial for weight loss, I think the coolest part of Matcha is it’s antioxidant content. Matcha tea has been shown to have 137 times greater amount of a specific chemical, pigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), than China Green Tips green tea and 3x more than regular green tea (3).

Antioxidants protect our body from free radicals that can damage cells and cause cancer and contribute to chronic disease. ORAC or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a lab technique of testing for the antioxidant content in foods/drinks. Let’s take a look at how Matcha green tea compares to other healthy foods/drinks.

 

ORAC Antioxidant Value:

Matcha Green Tea: 1300 units/gram

Pomegranates: 105 units/gram

Blueberries: 91 units/gram

 

Mental Focus

A cup of matcha (using about 1 tsp) contains 34 mg of caffeine, which is the equivalent to one-third of a cup of coffee, or half a shot of espresso. Although it has less caffeine, it contains more L-theanine, which is an amino acid that has psychoactive properties. These psychoactive properties can induce alpha wave activity in the brain (4). What is this and why is it cool? It reduces stress and anxiety, improves cognition and focus, boosts serotonin and dopamine, and improves creativity. This is why it is commonly used to create a better experience for meditation.

When you add in Lion’s Mane mushroom to this amazing combination, which is the mushroom matcha blend that I use in the recipe below, you have the perfect recipe for mental focus and productivity.

 

 

Make Your Own Matcha Latte

Here’s what you need:

• 1 1/2 tsp Mushroom Matcha* 

• 1/3 cup Organic Full Fat Coconut Milk

• 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (look for one without carageenan–nasty chemical)

• 1/3 cup Hot Water (not boiling–can damage the delicate Matcha)

• 1/2 tsp Vanilla MCT Oil (optional but tastes amazing and adds more healthy fats)

*Why did I choose this brand and type of matcha? It’s really important when purchasing tea OR coffee that you get organic. Tea and coffee require a lot of pesticides when growing conventionally and are heavily sprayed. Trust me, you don’t want those chemicals in your body. Opt for an organic brand. This specific brand is Four Sigmatic, an amazing company that not only creates the highest quality mushrooms coffees, tea, and elixirs, but also provides education around the benefits of different types of mushrooms. I have another blog post on the benefits of adaptogens and my favorite mushrooms here. You can use the code YNTL to get 10% off any order from Four Sigmatic. 

 

Instructions:

1. First, start heating your water. Do not bring it to a complete boil. This can damage the Matcha. Just make sure it is hot.

2. While your water is heating, add your coconut milk, almond milk, and vanilla extract to a milk frother and turn on (you can also just blend all ingredients in a blender and get a nice, frothy mixture that way). Make sure you make a warm froth and not a cold one. A cold froth will make your latte cold.

Side note: What’s a frother and do you need one? If you want frothed milk then yes. I think it’s totally worth it. We use it regularly and it makes for a delicious coffee or tea drink without sugar or $$ spent at a coffee place.

3. Next step is to take 1 tbsp of your hot water and mix with 1 tsp of Matcha tea. This will be more of a paste type texture. A lot of recipes tell you to use a bamboo whisk.. I just used a spoon and it worked fine for me. If you’re adding all ingredients to a blender, you can skip this step. Here’s what the paste looks like:

 

4. You’re almost done! Now take your Matcha paste you just made and put in a tea/coffee cup. Add in 1/3 cup hot water and mix. Now add your froth and you’re ready to enjoy your homemade Matcha latte packed with beneficial nutrients!

 

 

REFERENCES

1. http://www.breakawaymatcha.com/how-matcha-is-produced/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15640470

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296328

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