Recipes

Morning Glory Matcha

As most of you already know, I’ve always been a green tea drinker. Every single day. Multiple mugs of green tea a day! Why? Thousands of scientific studies confirm what the ancient Chinese knew simply by observing tea drinkers – which is that green tea is perhaps the healthiest beverage humans can consume.Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer, and alleviate depression.

I also truly believe that tea is so much more than the healthful compounds in it. It is an experience, and usually for me, sipping tea has been a personal story of discovery that continues on to this day.

Enter matcha. Matcha is my dream team lately. Think – brain activator, metabolism booster, and joy promoter.

Matcha is a powdered green tea which is made from grinding the green tea leaves whole. So instead of steeping leaves in water and discarding them, like with regular green teas, you are actually consuming the green tea leaves in matcha green tea.

Matcha has caffeine (about 1/3 less than coffee) and it also contains chlorophyll (bright green color) and L-theanine. Research suggests the caffeine and L-theanine combo boosts energy, increases alertness, improves focus, and decreases tiredness. I will take all of those things, thank you!

Matcha tastes a little more bitter, grassier, and earthier (it might be an acquired taste) than most green teas, and each brand does taste different from each other.  I have been through at least 15 different kinds of matcha and found that my taste buds really like the Thrive Organic Ceremonial Matcha Tea. Since it is bitter, I do recommend pairing it with a little bit of a gentle sweetener like honey, stevia, or monk fruit.

Traditionally, matcha is made with a bowl and whisk and it works like a charm every time for keeping it easy and simple, however I have found that I like to use a battery powered, hand held “milk” frother to get matcha extra foamy and even more emulsified.  I just call mine a “tea frother” instead. I have this one, but they make some really beautiful frothers like this one.

Morning Glory Matcha

Ingredients:

1 cup filtered hot water

1 heaping teaspoon matcha tea (if you are new to matcha, start with a 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up)

Splash of your favorite plant based milk

Optional:
1 teaspoon local honey
Or a few drops of stevia extract

Directions:

  1. Using a large mug, add matcha powder and then pour hot water on top.
  2. Place the end of the tea frother in the mug so it is submerged in the hot water, then turn it on.  Mix/froth to your desire – blend for about 20 seconds.
  3. Optional step:  Add plant based milk and honey or stevia and continue to mix for a few seconds.
  4. Turn off tea frother and then remove from mug.
  5. Sip and feel the benefits!

* Makes 1 serving.

Pro tip: You can drink matcha hot or iced, or sprinkle it in oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothies.  It also tastes lovely with cardamom or vanilla.

Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

Author Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

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