I like you so matcha

...isn't that what everyone's saying these days? What is matcha and why the heck is everyone so obsessed with it as of late? It's being used in lattes, oats, baking and even cocktails! After doing some much needed research on the product myself, I've come to learn that matcha is actually an ancient trend that has recently made it's way back in popularity.

Matcha is an ancient Japanese greentea in powder form that is said to have amazing effects on the human body. For some, drinking matcha is a great alternative to coffee as it still contains caffeine (53 to 72 milligrams per serving, to be exact) but leaves you without feeling the jitters you may experience while drinking traditional coffee.

Why should you love matcha?

Well for one, the colour is naturally so pure and green it's really fun to play with (or is that just me?). Matcha is also known to have a ton of antioxidant rich properties that have been said to combat certain types of cancers (anti-cancer effects, if you will) through the high concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Matcha also compliments fat burning by lowering blood glucose levels and boosting antioxidant activity.

So, if you aren't sold on the magic green beverage yet, try out this recipe for a homemade matcha latte and then let me know ;)

ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk (or any nut milk!)
  • 1 *heaping* spoon matcha powder (I used David's Tea)
  • 1/2 cup boiled hot water
  • 1 teaspoon stevia (recommended as I find matcha quite bitter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or peppermint extract (optional, but better!)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Combine ingredients together in blender and mix on high speed for 2-minutes or until frothy. Pour into your favourite instagramable mug & enjoy! xx