Ever since quitting coffee last year, I have replaced my morning and post-lunch “perk me up” beverage with herbal or fruit tea, with very occasional splurge of Starbucks matcha latte (usually hot, small, and with almond milk). I tell you, the sweet tooth in me enjoy it while it last. There’s something in that $5.08 cup which kept me wanting for more: the sugar which is mixed in with the powder has whopping 30 grams per serving (that’s almost 8 teaspoons, que horror!). If you have pre-diabetes or diabetes, this isn’t a healthy drink at all. Sure I can make my own! (read: soothing tea for troubled tummies)
What is matcha anyway? simply put, it’s a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves. Matcha is packed with mega dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, among others. Because it is made from whole leaves rather than a portion, it has more caffeine than a tea bag or half the strength of a cup of black coffee. And being that I used to be a coffee junkie before, I can tell the huge difference: energy boost sans the jitters (especially Starbucks!). So is matcha stimulant? yes, but milder than coffee. 1 cup of matcha is estimated to have 35 mg of caffeine compared to 95-200 mg of caffeine for a cup of coffee (or 0.035 grams versus 0.095-0.2 grams).
Now let’s go to this simple latte recipe. While you can steam or heat your plant-based milk and whisk to create a foam, the convenience of having a milk frother saves you time. Affordable and easy to use, this frother heats your concoction to just the right temperature. No burning of tongue, ready to drink anytime, under two minutes.
1 cup almond or oat milk, 1 teaspoon matcha powder (this brand is the best one I’ve tried), ice cubes. If you’re looking to add a little bit of sweetness, add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Buyer beware: there are match powders that are sweetened, note that these contain tons of sugar (much like Starbucks) so I can’t emphasize enough the value of reading ingredients. Don’t you just love it when you know exactly what goes in your mouth? with this matcha latte, you’re using your own reusable straw and cup, two less pollutants for the day, right?
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