Whole30 Friendly Matcha Latte

When I first heard about matcha, I thought it would be something that I would like, then I saw the price tag and figured it wasn't worth it. When I finally found it at my local grocery store, I decided it was time. 

If you spend any time reading health, wellness, or foodie blogs, you've probably seen matcha making a more regular appearance in those circles. Matcha seems to be a good option for those who find coffee makes them jittery, or for anyone wanting to switch up their morning (or afternoon) caffeination routine. 



Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, so unlike traditional green tea you are actually drinking the leaves instead of the infused water. This means that it has more caffeine than traditional green tea, but as I mentioned before, it seems to provide less of an intense buzz than a cup of coffee. Matcha powder can either be combined with a cup of hot water or you can create a paste to add to hot or cold milk. Unsweetened matcha tastes like chewing on green tea bags (not surprising), but with just a little sweetness it has a very smooth flavor. 

It took a little bit of experimentation for me to find a way to drink it where it tasted good, but it was totally worth the effort. If you find the hot version of a matcha latte a little too strong, try it iced, the flavor is a little less in your face when it's on ice. 

Matcha, like green tea, has tons of antioxidants, which are good for you cells! The problem I had was figuring out how to keep reaping the matcha benefits while Whole30ing it up. I mean, I can handle a 5 hour brick workout, but I can't drink unsweetened matcha. I also have found that when drinking a matcha latte hot, you've gotta have a bit of froth. 

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Matcha Latte {Whole30 Friendly}

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon Nutpods Dairy-Free Creamer
  • 2 dates (or 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup if not following Whole30)
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot (not boiling) water

Directions:

  1. Heat water on the stove in a kettle. You want the water hot, but not boiling. While the water is heating, heat your almond milk. You can do this on the stove in a pot or in the microwave.
  2. Once the water is hot, mix 1-2 teaspoons in a small bowl with the matcha powder to create a thin paste. Use a whisk or the back of a spoon to mix gently. 
  3. Add the hot almond milk, creamer, and dates to a blender and blend until the dates are combined.
  4. Pour in the matcha paste and blend until frothy. 

2P/15C/5F

Notes: For added nutritional value, I like to add a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Macros for recipe with 1 scoop are: 20P/15C/5F


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