Matcha Latte

Matcha LatteI talked a lot about all the benefits in my last recipe post for my matcha chia pudding. I have to say, I really do find that matcha gives a really stable burst of energy for that 4 ocklock slump. I am a coffee drinker, but I try to limit myself to one cup in the morning. So for those days when I didn’t get a good nights sleep, I couldn’t resist but have another coffee in the afternoon. Now, with my new found love of matcha, I find I get a good boost of energy with lots of added health benefits. It is also delicious and super simple to make!

The proper way to make a matcha drink is with a special bamboo whisk to ensure your drink is silky smooth. I did not invest in the whisk yet as this is my first batch of matcha. However in my experience, both my vitamix and regular whisk did the job pretty well. So it definitely can be accomplished without the bamboo, but the result may not be AS good. For love froth, so I use a milk steamer- but whisking it will get you a nice amount of the bubbly stuff as well. Hope you love it! *matcha is quite expensive, but you don’t need a lot! I store mine in the freezer for extra freshness.

Ingredients

serves 1
• 1 tsp matcha powder
• 1/4 cup simmering water
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2-3 drops stevia (or sweetener of your choice, maple syrup works nicely!)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk (brown rice, almond or oat milk is a great alternative too)

Directions

1. If you have a milk steamer: In a medium sized bowl whisk matcha and simmering water until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add mixture into a mug with steamed milk, vanilla and stevia. Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!

2. If you don’t have a milk steamer: Add your matcha to the simmering water and whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, milk and sweetener and whisk until frothy. Pour into a mug and enjoy! Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!
Matcha Latte

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

Matcha Chia Pudding
Is it just me or is matcha EVERYWHERE lately? I was a little intimidated when I bought my first bag of matcha. With so many types, price points and brands, I really had no idea where to start. My advice to you is to go to a tea speciality store and have them explain their different varieties and choose the variety that suits your taste buds and of course, your wallet. For me, a creamier variety was a priority as I planned to make lots of lattes with it. If baking with matcha is what your after, you might not need a very expensive variety. Knowledge is power. Ask your local speciality shop!

So what is so great about matcha? Well besides for it’s super delicious green tea taste it is loaded with superfood goodness. Unlike other teas, you actually drink the leaf which maximizes nutritional benefits. Matcha helps boost your metabolism and immunity. It gives you an unbelievable slow releasing energy boost and is loaded with antioxidants. With all that said, I hope you love this recipe! I’ll be sharing more matcha tea recipes as I continue to explore this amazing ingredient. Have an amazing weekend!
Matcha Chia PuddingMatcha Chia Pudding

Ingredients

serves 2
• 1/2 cup Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Tea or steeped green tea of your choice (cold)
• 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (non alcoholic is best)
• 1 tsp matcha powder
• 1/2 tbsp coconut cream
• small pinch salt
• 6 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

1.Blend all ingredients except for the chia seeds in a blender until combined and smooth.

2.Add chia seeds to a large jar or container. Pour blended mixture over the chia seeds and shake well. Place in the refrigerator and try and shake the container at least two more times before leaving it to thicken overnight (or for a minimum of 3-4 hours).

3.After it has thickened, pour into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts and coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Matcha Chia Pudding

Summer Iced Tea Smoothie

Iced Tea Smoothie
During these grueling hot summer days, I know how badly we all need something refreshing to rehydrate and cool us down. When making smoothies we often opt to add in milk, yogurt or juice to get things moving in our blender and of course, to add flavour and texture. Although these add ins are nutritious and add extra protein, sometimes its nice to have a lighter option if you want to have a smoothie more for a snack then a meal replacement. By using an unsweetened tea, you get a flavourful base without any heaviness you may feel from milk or juice.

For my smoothie, I used Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon iced tea as the liquid, but feel free to use your favourite tea. I think a cold brewed ginger tea would be amazing as well. A reminder that if you are using all frozen fruits, you most likely will need to add more iced tea. Another great idea is to make popsicles so you have a cold treat straight from the freezer all summer long! Hope you love this recipe as much as I do.
Iced Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsweetened lemon iced tea
• 1 ripe frozen banana
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1/2 cup pineapple
• 1 tbsp almond butter

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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