Matcha tea is healthy, but how you make/order it makes a difference!
3 key benefits derived mainly from the amino acid L-Theanine
- Energizing, yet calming
- Boosts your immune system
- Helps your memory and concentration
Made from powdered green tea leaves, matcha is also energizing, but mostly from its caffeine content. Matcha is different from other sources of caffeine, though because of the L-Theanine, which is known for its mind-calming properties.
As it is a concentrated source of green tea, it maximizes the benefits of green tea: metabolism boosting, a great source of antioxidants, detoxification, blood sugar balance, as well as offering potassium, vitamins A and C, protein, and calcium. These nutrients give your immune system the kick it needs to fight off sickness and heal your wounds.
10 cups of green tea = the same antioxidant benefits of ONE cup of matcha.
L-theanine wins again by improving memory and concentration! This amino acid supports the production of serotonin and dopamine — two powerful neurotransmitters in your brain that help your memory, concentration, and the balance your mood levels.
The benefits of matcha tea are impressive, making it worth a try for anyone interested in kicking the coffee habit or those looking for a less-caffeinated alternative.
BUT – it matters how it is made, and how you consume it!
First, I recommend ensuring your Matcha is organic and derived from a good source. Don’t just go for the cheapo stuff because you are guaranteed to get a less potent dose of the vitamins and minerals – which is the whole point of drinking it right?
Starbucks has picked up another ‘healthier than most’ on their menu and now offers matcha lattes, but they’ve done it again…taken a healthy beverage and poured a bunch of sugar into it! So you not only get the sugar rush, it tastes good and will keep you coming back for more! But, just be aware that the average (so a grande) latte has about 30g of sugar!!!
This is a screenshot of Starbucks Grande Green Tea Latte. This shows the nutrition if you were to order the beverage with Almond milk instead of regular milk which brought down the carbs (10g less) and sugar (11 g less). BUT the Almond milk Starbucks uses has sugar as well as their latte powder, which I would bet is not a high quality matcha as it is weighted down with sugar.
But it tastes great and it can at home too with way less empty calories! If you’re making matcha tea at home, using a non-dairy milk and/or hot water and a true, traditional matcha powder, there should be no added sugar. And you can sweeten it naturally with a bit of stevia, monk fruit or honey!
Here is my recipe for making a heathy matcha latte.
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp Matcha powder
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (Vanilla)
- Stevia and Vanilla extract, to taste (start small, and add!) Cinnamon dust on top (optional)
*Omit water and use more milk if you want it to be a bit creamer. Note Nutrition would change if you added honey instead of stevia, but I like the stevia and vanilla mix!
Cal: 35, 3 Fat, 3 Carb and 3 Protein and ZERO sugar! BAM …bet Starbucks can’t be that!
See video for how I made mine, but here are general instructions:
- Combine water and matcha powder together and mix well (make sure all clumps are out)
- Add Almond milk and froth or blend. I use my steamer/frother so it warms the milk, so if you’re using a blender be sure your milk is hot before mixing.
- Add stevia and vanilla to bottom of cup and pour matcha milk on top. Add more stevia or vanilla to taste.
- Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and enjoy!
Until next time!