I'm a huge fan of Matcha green tea powder for its earthy flavor, health benefits and vibrant green color. I quit coffee years ago and have been enjoying Matcha green tea more and more. The caffeine in Matcha slowly and steadily releases energy to your body so you don't deal with jittering effect like you get from coffee. It increases energy levels and endurance (try adding it to your pre-workout boost). It also helps promoting concentration, enhancing mood and improving memories (perfect as an afternoon drink when you get drowsy) The tea leaves are ground into very fine powder so it is high in antioxidants and provides more nutrients than steeped green tea. Instead of throwing the tea leaves away, why not ingest all of their antioxidant benefits (to keep you look younger, yess!) And because of high level of chlorophyll in Matcha green tea, it 's a powerful detoxifier to remove chemical toxins from your body.
Matcha green tea ice latte is another addiction for me in the summer. It's so refreshing and really easy to make with just a few ingredients:
1 1/2 C nut milk
1 tsp Matcha green tea powder
1 tbsp liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar)
1/2 C ice
Put all ingredients in a shaker. Vigorously shake it for at least 15 seconds or until the Matcha powder completely breaks down.
Note: If you don't have a shaker, simply use a mason jar or any jar with a lid and shake it until the matcha powder breaks down. You will see a lot of green speckles all over the jar at the beginning, don't stop, just keep shaking, vigorously!!