How do you start your morning? Many people reach for a steaming cup of coffee, but I prefer to indulge in a green tea matcha latte. The beverage contains caffeine, like coffee, but is also abundant in L-theanine. The amino acid tempers the caffeine so a focused, relaxed “high” results. To learn how to make your own green tea matcha latte with nut milk, keep reading.
This recipe, originally posted on My Stoned Kitchen, contains medicinal ingredients like CBD (cannabidiol) and matcha green tea powder. In this article, we will primarily be focusing on the nutritional benefit(s) of matcha green tea powder.
What is matcha green tea powder?
Matcha is powdered green tea mixed in hot water. You’re literally eating the whole green tea leaf, versos drinking the water steeped with green tea leaves. As a result, matcha contains 3x more caffeine and 10x the nutrients of regular steeped tea.
How much caffeine does matcha contain?
2 grams of matcha contains approximately 72 mg of natural caffeine. That is slightly less than a cup of coffee but more than espresso. L-theanine helps to “temper” the caffeine, however, so even those who are sensitive to java can enjoy the green tea powder.
Benefits of matcha green tea powder:
- Helpful for Focus
Matcha green tea powder contains a key ingredient: L-theanine. Tenzo reports, “L-theanine boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves encourage relaxation and induce a profound feeling of mental clarity and a more alert state of mind – the same mental state can be found in meditation and yoga practice.”
- Boosts the Metabolism
Matcha can help you keep extra pounds off. This is due to green tea catechizes which activate the body’s thermogenic fat burning activity* (13).This12-week study found that ingesting green tea led to a significant reduction in BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area of healthy Japanese men and women.
- Full of Antioxidants
Matcha green tea powder has the highest antioxidant rating of all major superfoods. There’s even a test to move it! According to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test, which measures the antioxidant levels in foods, Matcha Green Tea measures 1384 units per gram* (2). In case you’re wondering, that’s 13x the antioxidants of pomegranates, 15x the antioxidants of blueberries, and 125x that of spinach.These are just a few benefits of consuming matcha green tea powder. Click here to read more.
The flavor of matcha differs depending on the quality. For instance, ceremonial-grade matcha from a high-quality supplier is going to have a very rich and full taste compared to culinary grade matcha purchased from a supermarket.
CBD-Infused Matcha Green Tea Latte [Vegan]
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1-2
- 12 oz hot water
- 1 1/2 cup homemade nut milk (try almond, cashew, or hemp!)
- 2 dates or 5-8 drops of stevia
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- dash of vanilla powder
- 20 mg CBD oil
- 2-4 tsp matcha Green tea powder*
- Add 2 oz hot water to a small cup. After adding the desired amount of matcha green tea powder, whisk until frothy with a matcha whisk.
- Either heat your nut milk in a small pan on the stove to medium-high heat or “steam” it with a steaming appliance.
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on high for 20-35 seconds. Pour, sip, and enjoy!
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