Looking for a caffeine boost with some healthy benefits? This verdant latte features matcha, a fine powder made from green tea leaves. “Matcha is an ancient source of antioxidants and caffeine,” says Cameron Fiorenza, BS-NDTR, and Culinary and Nutrition Specialist at Openfit. “Matcha also contains polyphenols, which are a powerful phytonutrient.” And this Matcha Latte is a delicious way to enjoy it.
Because matcha is made from tea leaves that have been protected from sunlight, it has a high amino acid content and is considered the best grade of green tea. It also has a higher chlorophyll content than other green tea varieties, which gives matcha a creamy, full-bodied flavor similar to leafy greens.
The unique flavor isn’t the only reason to sip this yummy latte — matcha also offers plenty of healthy benefits. Matcha has been found to contain higher levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) — an antioxidant that researchers have linked to a lower risk of obesity and hypertension — than regular green tea. Studies also suggest matcha may enhance fat oxidation, i.e. the rate at which we burn fat.
And the positive effects of matcha may extend to mental health, too: Matcha contains theanine, an amino acid that’s been studied for its stress-reducing effects, and research suggests matcha may improve mental clarity and cognitive function.
But matcha isn’t the only healthy (and delicious!) ingredient in this latte. “The delicate blend of fresh lemon juice, almond milk, and honey provide a balance of healthy fats, minimal added natural sugar, and extra vitamin C that helps the body utilize insulin and metabolize glucose,” Fiorenza says. And with a bit of lemon zest and a splash of juice, this latte is the perfect refreshing summertime beverage.
Lemon Matcha Latte Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. unsweetened matcha powder
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest)
Combine almond milk, ice, lemon juice, matcha powder, honey, and peel in a blender; cover.
Blend until smooth.
Unsweetened matcha powder is easily found online, in the grocery store by the tea and coffee or the Asian foods aisle, or at an Asian supermarket. Look for matcha powders with only matcha as the ingredient, as some can be pre-sweetened.
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