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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How To Make A Creamy Iced Green Tea Latte

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Looking for a delicious summer drink? You need to try an 
Iced Green Tea Latte. This creamy green tea drink is loaded with healthy antioxidants and is so good. It is also so easy to make.

 Iced green tea lattes are a popular item at coffee shops. While many people enjoy this delicious green drink for its taste, many more are ordering a green tea latte for the many health benefits that it offers. Green tea has a reputation for being a healthy drink. If you never had an iced green tea latte, then you are in for a surprise. This cold drink is refreshing and delicious.  

 Green tea lattes may be good for you, but did you know that the ones at the coffee shops are usually loaded with fat and sugar. I recently went to a website of my favorite coffee house to look at their drink menu. I was shocked to see that my favorite tall cold green tea drinks had 35-45 grams of sugar in them. That 35 grams of sugar is equal to about 9 teaspoons or 3 tablespoons of sugar. Yikes!

 I am going to show you how to make a healthy version of the cold green tea latte and it tastes just as good as the ones you buy. Mine will also save you money. Once you see how easy it is to make a cold green tea latte at home, you will never pay big bucks for one at the coffee shop again. If you have dairy issues or follow a vegan diet, then make sure to use non-dairy milk like almond milk. This drink is also great for a gluten-free diet.

So what is a green tea latte anyway? 

A green tea latte is simply a drink that is made with milk and matcha green tea powder. Green tea powder or Matcha is made from the leaves of green tea. Now we all know green tea is good for us, but Matcha is even better for us as it has way more antioxidants than a cup of brewed green tea. Matcha is the powerhouse of green tea. It is said that one teaspoon of Matcha equals ten cups of brewed green tea. Matcha has other great benefits too. This green powder enhances your mood, aids in concentration, boosts metabolism, and burns calories. The awesome thing is it does not give you the jitters like coffee, so it is a great alternative. Some people even say that matcha calms the mind and relaxes the body. I love that green tea powder has insoluble fibers, antioxidants, and L-Theanines in it. That is a whole lot of benefits for a small dose of green powder as you only need one teaspoon. I love using matcha daily for the brain, energy, and all those healthy antioxidants. I think it may be the reason my skin looks younger.

What is Matcha?

 Matcha is a green powder that is made from green tea leaves. One serving of powdered matcha green tea leaves is equal to 10 cups of green tea. Green tea has many health benefits due to its antioxidants. So the health benefits of using matcha in recipes are many as antioxidants are good for you. Green tea matcha can be used in many drinks and recipes, like this Iced Green Tea Latte. You can also add the green powder to a hot cup of water for a delicious warm drink.

Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder

Here is some info about Matcha Green Tea:

+ PROVIDES MILD STEADY ENERGY  – it acts both as a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.

+ METABOLISM BOOSTER - Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.

+ IMPROVES SKIN HEALTH – Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

+ HAS UP TO 137x THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA – Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body’s natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

Cold Green Tea Latte is
+ Creamy
+ Cold 
+ Delicious
+ Can be made Vegan
+ Healthy
+ Gluten-Free
+ Easy to make
+ Loaded with antioxidants

Ingredients needed for Iced Green Tea Latte 
+ Matcha Green Tea Powder - Culinary-grade matcha is best for this drink
+ Milk of your choice - I like to make mine with plant-based milk but you can use regular milk
+ Sweetener of your choice - I like using stevia but any sugar or sweetener will work
+ Ice Cubes

You can buy green tea matcha at local health food stores like Sprouts or online at Amazon

Common questions about Matcha green tea

+ Does Matcha have caffeine? ~ Yes, since Matcha is made from green tea leaves it does contain caffeine.

+ Is matcha green tea good for you? ~ Yes, matcha has many health benefits including boosting metabolism and being jam-packed with antioxidants.

+ Can you make a green tea latte with tea bags ~ No, green tea in tea bags is processed differently than matcha so you cannot just grind up the contents of a tea bag and use it instead of matcha powder.

+ Can I use the Matcha powder in a hot drink? ~ Yes, you can enjoy Matcha in a hot drink. Just stir a 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder into a glass of hot water. Add sweetener to taste. You can also make the above recipe warm, just omit the ice and use warm milk.

Other tips and tricks on this iced green tea latte recipe

+ You can use any type of milk in this recipe including cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut, etc.

+ This recipe can be made vegan by using non-dairy milk and either maple syrup or agave sweetener instead of honey.

+ You can use flavored syrups to make different flavors like a caramel iced green tea latte


Yona Williams said...

My brother will have to watch this...he is really into matcha...adding the powder to his smoothies and protein drinks.

Jessica said...

Super simple to make and love that it is 100% natural! As a SAHM I love being able to indulge at home rather than paying a lot more money to buy it at a coffee shop.

Buzz4Mommies said...

Love this, and the video demonstration is perfect!

Unknown said...

Nice! I like the froth so I'd probably let it go a bit longer. Think it would still froth up if I used hot milk? Hmmm

Anonymous said...

Great video. You really showed how easy it is too do. It looks delicious too.

Michelle F.

Melissa said...

Mmm, I love matcha! I'm always amazed at all the different flavors that are available too.

Aury said...

Loved the video! You have a nice friendly speaking voice. Reminds me of how my momma would give me the rundown on how to make something :D

Deborah Davis said...

Hi Tara,
I am a huge fan of green tea, in fact I drink several cups a day. I enjoyed watching your video on how easy it is to make a green tea latte with the Matchaccino Green Tea Latte Mix. I like the fact that the mix works with soy or nut milks since I use Almond, hemp or rice milk with my green tea. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it!

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