First time I made matcha was 2008 when it was so hard to come by I had to special order it online. I bought a Japanese whisk and took my time making sure the water temperature was just right and my technique was on point...then I started adding honey and orange juice and all kinds of fun things to spice it up and make it different. I seriously wondered, considering the delicious taste and insane health benefits how it wasn't catching on quicker in the mainstream market. Once it did though - I guess sometime last year, it started showing up like Adel on the radio. As good as her voice is and as talented as she may be, anything you're exposed to that frequently gets a little over done. I feel so sad that happened to matcha!! (or is it just me?)
The thing is, matcha really is that great. Get ready for it...matcha has 137x the antioxidant power of brewed green tea. Craziness. The reason is because matcha is the powdered form of green tea - it is dried green tea leaves crushed into powder and as a result, you ingest all the nutrients the tea leaves have to offer, rather than what is extracted from a brew. Matcha is dense in nutrients: Vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, chromium and contains healthy fiber and chlorophyll. All of this makes matcha an amazing at detoxifying, disease prevention, balancing blood sugar, lower cholesterol and enhancing mood. Although matcha contains caffeine, it also has L-Theanine, which has a calming affect on the body, making it great for aiding in relaxation.
For all of these reasons and because regardless how popular it has gotten, I'm going to give you my favorite, simple matcha recipe!
Honey Matcha Latte
1 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons local honey
1/2 teaspoon matcha
Warm milk and pour into a glass bowl or 4 cup measuring cup with a spout and use a hand held frother to aerate milk and make it foam. If you do not have one, you can aerate the milk by pouring it into a glass jar and shaking vigorously.
Into two mugs, add 1 teaspoon honey and 1/4 teaspoon matcha each. Add a little bit of foamed milk and stir to combine the matcha and honey, then slowly add the remaining foamed milk. Stir gently to combine and top with an extra pinch of matcha if desired.
*Some fun add ons/toppings: Dash of fresh grated nutmeg, ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips (because chocolate chips go with everything!)