THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE

Matcha green tea is, in a word, amazing.  It is a powerful detoxifier, has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – twenty times more than pomegranites or blueberries – and amino acids.  Consider this: in order to match the potency of matcha, you would need to drink about 10 cups of regular brewed green tea.  surprise

Matcha also gives you energy throughout the day, but not the kind of jittery buzz you get from coffee – as an ex-coffee junkie, you’ll have to trust me on this one.  Although matcha does have some caffeine, researchers found that it is actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties that cause this boost of energy. This also helps improve physical endurance, so it’s great as a pre-workout drink.  Matcha boosts metabolism and helps burn body fat without raising your blood pressure or heart rate.  How awesome is that?

Here’s the thing, though.  To really enjoy matcha tea, you have to make it right.  When I first bought a cannister of Organic Matcha Powder, I put some of it in my cup of hot water and proceeded to mix it with a spoon.  Big mistake! I ended up with clumps of green powder in my hot water.  Next I tried a fork, which didn’t work too well either.

What you need to make a proper cup of matcha tea is a bamboo whisk and a bowl, available at any tea shop or online:

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Matcha Whisk & Tea Spoon Natural Bamboo

If this seems silly, I assure you, after drinking one too many gritty cups of matcha green tea, it is a necessity! Simply whisk one teaspoon of the powder in the bowl with a little hot water until it is frothy.  Then pour it in a cup, add hot water, a teapoon of raw agave syrup (an all natural sweetener found at your local health food store), and for a truly delicious experience, top with frothed almond milk, a healthier alternative to cow’s milk or soy milk.  If you do use cow’s milk, make sure it is organic and note that the lower-fat milk froths better than regular milk.

This is one of the best rated milk frothers I could find; I personally still have the Keurig frother, but sadly they no longer make it! Several of my clients have purchased this one and tell me it’s fantastic so I am confident to recommend it:

weight, Rebecca Lazar - THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE

Chef’s Star MF-2 Premier Automatic Milk Frother, Heater and Cappuccino Maker with New Foam Density Feature

Now, if only I can figure out how to make a pretty design with my milk like this picture……sadly, I’m not that talented. sad

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I’d love to hear about your experience with matcha tea in the comments below!

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