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Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we don’t typically go for the latest food craze, but we’ve fallen for another trendy health food.  Iced matcha green tea. And guess what? Sometimes we make it a latte! 🙂 Don’t worry; we’ve got a flat-belly version (below) for a drink that may otherwise set you back quite a few calories.  So add this sipster to your list — and you’ll have the perfect anti-inflammation, love-your-liver go-to drink for busting toxins! So perfect if your summer (or any time of year!) has been packed with a lot of partying. 😉

If you’ve been wanting to add green tea to your life, we think it’s worth going for its’ superstar sista, matcha.

Matcha green tea comes from the same tea leaf that green tea comes from—only with matcha, the tea leaf is steamed, dried, and then ground into the fresh green powder and is even more powerful than green tea because instead of just getting the benefits and the antioxidants that leach into the tea, when you drink matcha, you drink the entire ground leaves and 100% of the nutrients in the leaf, so you get more potent antioxidants and benefits. 

 

Matcha…

That means you consume more of the catechins—and EGCG (epigallocatechin),  the main catechin, a disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that is associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. EGCG/catechins appear to speed up liver activity and increase the production of detoxification enzymes.  Yasss! 🙂

While green tea is antioxidant-rich, matcha tea may contain 2-3 times more EGCG than green tea, along with trace amounts of vitamins and minerals (A, B-complex, C, E, and K).

 

Matcha is delicately grown, harvested, and processed.  It has a deep, earthy, rich flavor without being overly bitter.

 

30-Second Iced Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte (and non-iced) Bonus:

This matcha detox drink combines nutrients to help your liver in its detoxification process, antioxidants to help your body fend off the damage from toxins and free radicals that occur from everyday living while also providing some anti-bloat and possible metabolism boosting benefits.

 

More benefits to this Detox Drink:

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  • Promotes fat loss
  • Protects against a myriad of cancers
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Fights the flu
  • Keeps the cardiovascular system healthy
  • Improves insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetes
  • Helps build strong bones
  • Protects the liver

30 –Second Iced Matcha SkinnyGreen Tea Latte

At home, this is how we make our quickie Iced Matcha:

Ingredients:

1 cup ice

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/2 cup cold water

2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint

Directions:

Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker.  Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in.  If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice–or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!

 

All for 20 calories and one refreshing anti-inflammatory mood booster!

 

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Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

 

Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 2 ounces hot water
  • 2 ounces Milk (cow, almond, soy or rice – we recommend almond)

 

Optional:

  • Add vanilla, almond or mint flavors
  • Sweeten with honey or agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Sift Matcha into a cup.
  2. Adding 2 ounces hot water and stirring matcha with whisk (like seen in photo below/ abov) until matcha becomes a smooth paste.
  3. Pour matcha tea into a tea cup
  4. Pour milk over matcha tea
  5. For fun! Add almond flavor, honey or mint or sweeten with honey or agave nectar.

Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker. Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in. If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice--or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 20 calories

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

As veggie- loving, twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers, you probably think that we eat healthy foods all of the time and must never battle the bloat or even have days of feeling puffy in the summer heat!  Ha! If only!  First, we do eat healthy foods most of the time, but you likely know by now about our killer sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check 😉 , and there are times when we feel as if we overdid it on a sweet and just want to flush the bloat!  And as much as we love summer, we’re the first to admit that we do swell in the heat a bit too, and with even a tad bit of sugar, we swell even more- ah!   With such long, hot summer days we’re always looking for a healthy little something that will power us through our days—and that makes us feel lighter and helps to flush the tummy bloat too!…

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This easy refresher hits the spot. From the moment you cut into the lime and pinch off the leaves of mint their refreshing and invigorating scent instantly revitalizes our mind. On top of whisking us away on a little mental vacation the ingredients in this  Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea have some great health benefits, making us feel lighter and bloat-free to boot!

Psst… looking for more “Detox” drinks?  Please feel free to search our site—and here are a few to try:

 

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

This drink works its magic, thanks to its healthy ingredients:

 

Green Tea  (Want more green tea, check out our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie and our Matcha Green Tea smoothie.)

Here’s why we included it in this drink:

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle.

  • Typically, when you’re bloated, you’ve eaten too much salt compared to the amount of potassium in your body. When your sodium level is too high (so easy to do since most people far exceed salt recommendations), your tissues hold on to fluid and simply drinking will help your body to flush the salt and restore the normal fluid balance! And if you’re bloated due to constipation, water helps to get things moving through your digestive tract to push waste out of the body. Both mean Buh bye puffiness!
  • More bloat gone? Yup! Green tea has a small amount of caffeine (35- 80 mg compared to coffee’s 100-400 mg in the same size cup). The caffeine contained slightly increases the amount of urine your body expels as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This gentle boost from green tea is invigorating
  • Caffeine along with the amino acid L-theanine, in green tea have an anti-anxiety effect along with providing energy that is considerably steadier (vs coffee), so you feel light and refreshed.
  • Green tea’s antioxidants, catechins fight cell damage and have been associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. As you calm your insides, this means that less damage and inflammation helps to reduce puff, particularly in the long haul.

Lime

We made sure this drink was packed with vitamin C…and lime is a superstar when it comes to neutralizing free radicals and mopping up the damage caused by pollution, smoking, stress and unhealthy food and beverage choices.  Limes also keep your skin looking young (wahoo!) thanks to their vitamin C that assists in collagen formation. .

Mint

We like to think of mint as a peacemaker in the body. It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, possibly by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!  Buh bye indigestion and bloat!

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Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

Ingredients

8oz, 1 serving

 

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small lime, juiced

2-3 mint leaves

Ice, to chill

 

Directions

  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled, not a rolling boil., Then we poured it over the green tea bag, let steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  1. While tea is steeping, juice 1/2 of a small lime in a small dish.
  1. Add the mint leaves into the lime juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils) slightly to release their oils.
  1. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in lime/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 8 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 3 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Minty Lime Iced Green "Flat Belly" Tea
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small lime, juiced
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Ice, to chill
Instructions
  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled, not a rolling boil., Then we poured it over the green tea bag, let steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, juice ½ of a small lime in a small dish.
  3. Add the mint leaves into the lime juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils) slightly to release their oils.
  4. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in lime/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 8 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 3 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Usually when there is a new trendy food or fad diet if we haven’t already heard about it, either our New York City clients ask us about it or we get a call from the media to give them the scoop.  In the case of matcha, both were happening.  We contributed to this Shape article on matcha the same week that we were called by the local news to talk about it—and bombarded by questions from our clients.  So we knew we had to give this new hottie a whirl!

Before this, Green tea was getting the green spotlight—and that’s why we created our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie and this Avocado and Apple Green Smoothie so you could get it even if you aren’t a tea drinker. 😉

But as fab as green tea is, matcha is green tea on healthy steroids.  So what’s the big deal about this green powder? Matcha comes from a tea leaf that is steamed, dried, then ground into the fresh green powder that you use to cook with! Matcha is even more powerful than green tea because instead of just getting the benefits and the antioxidants that leach into the tea, when you drink matcha you drink the entire ground leaves and 100% of the nutrients in this leaf, so you get more potent antioxidants and benefits.  That means you consume more of the catechins that have been associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging.

Wondering if matcha may help with weight loss the same way green tea does?

The phyntonutrient in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that research shows may help to boost metabolism is much higher in matcha.  Score for matcha!  So while more studies are needed to confirm that matcha can actually boost your metabolism, it’s so good for you and it will save calories over any drink with calories, so you can’t go wrong by improving your health and making your body stronger so that you can feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day’s activities!  Let’s face it- it’s hard to even think about losing weight when you don’t feel good.   So if you don’t want to sip some matcha, add its calorie-free green goodness to this drink!

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Summertime Matcha Smoothie

This recipe also calls for hemp, which is an excellent source of protein and fiber and combined with phytonutrient-packed matcha is great for a post workout energy booster, or just to start off your day on the right foot! Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!   

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ cup strawberries

1 peach (medium)

½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

2 tsp matcha

1 tbsp organic hemp protein powder (or protein powder of choice)*

½ cup ice cubes

Directions:

1. Cut the strawberries into halves, then measure out a ½ cup portion.

2. Slice the peach and remove the seed from the inside. Combine the strawberries and peach slices in the blender.

3. Place the Greek yogurt in a bowl. Mix the matcha and hemp into the Greek yogurt, then place this mixture into the blender. This will help prevent the matcha and hemp powder from sticking to the sides of the blender.

4. Lastly, add the ice cubes into the blender. Mix all the ingredients together. Enjoy!

*Note, if you skip the protein powder, the flavor will not be affected, but eat a source of protein such as a Nonfat Greek yogurt with it for satiety.

Yield: 1 smoothie

Serving Size: 12 ounces

Nutrition Information

Calories: 182

Carbohydrates: 30 g

Fat: 1 g

Protein: 16 g

Cholesterol: 5 mg

Sodium: 58 mg

Sugars: 20 g

Fiber: 8 g

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
 
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Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 peach (medium)
  • ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp matcha
  • 1 tbsp organic hemp protein powder (or protein powder of choice)*
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Cut the strawberries into halves, then measure out a ½ cup portion.
  2. Slice the peach and remove the seed from the inside. Combine the strawberries and peach slices in the blender.
  3. Place the Greek yogurt in a bowl. Mix the matcha and hemp into the Greek yogurt, then place this mixture into the blender. This will help prevent the matcha and hemp powder from sticking to the sides of the blender.
  4. Lastly, add the ice cubes into the blender. Mix all the ingredients together. Enjoy!
  5. *Note, if you skip the protein powder, the flavor will not be affected, but eat a source of protein such as a Nonfat Greek yogurt with it for satiety.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 oz. Calories: 182 Fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 30 g Sugar: 20 g Sodium: 58 mg Fiber: 8 g Protein: 16 g Cholesterol: 5 mg

 

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie

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As you know, we’re a bit obsessed with greens—after all, we’ve witnessed personally (and for our clients)—what they can do for your health and for your appearance! So of course, we’re always encouraging people to get more greens… and to Go GREEN! And with this simple recipe, it’s easy!

 

We love throwing together random ingredients in our fridge and seeing what we can come up with. This time, we created this “detoxifying” green tea smoothie that helps flush toxins from your body and is just 121 calories to boot! It’s loaded with green veggies to give it that bright green color and fresh taste, and pineapple and orange give it a sweet, refreshing, citrus flavor. We also added an avocado- one of our favorites 😉 . Adding an avocado not only provides you with potent anti-inflammatory compounds to help prevent cell damage but also adds a rich and creamy texture.

Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. This lil’ number contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and ingredients that help the body in it’s natural detoxification process. Check out how this smoothie detoxifies below:

 

(Psst… looking for more recipes that help to fight damage and help to “detoxify”? Thanks for letting us know you love our other creations—you make our day when you let us know and you put the fire under us to want to create more and  more, thank you!) like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, our Sparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxer, and our Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink, just to name a few.  And now, this little number helps your body to neutralize toxins and to feel better and brighter!)

 

Here’s Why It Detoxifies:

This Slimming Smoothie acts like a “flusher” — rich in water and helps you to rinse out bloating sodium from your body “de-puffing” you and making you feel lighter. The potassium from the veggies will also fight bloat as it helps to restore normal hydration status.

 

The veggie and fruits’ vitamin C in this smoothie will make your skin glow by promoting collagen formation. Plus it will hydrate your skin (i.e., you’ll look nourished, rejuvenated and fresh).

 

Indulged in alcohol, been around cigarette smoke, or eaten a bit too much processed food? More reasons why this Detox Smoothie works:
o The cruciferous veggies like kale and chard help the liver to flush out harmful toxins.

 

  • Sulforaphane, a phytochemical (and others) in cruciferous veggies get the enzymes activated that detoxify before damage to cells is done.

 

o Hello Green tea and Veggies, See ya later toxins!  Green tea, veggies and fruits all contain powerful phytonutrients to stave off damage from invading particles.

 

o *Glutathione, a protein in veggies clings to toxins and drags them out of our body.

 

The Orange and Pineapple

  • Give you a shot of vitamin C and act as immune-boosters to help strengthen your body after any havoc it’s just been through.
  • Help to neutralize free radicals before they can do any further damage and prevent inflammation so that the body can stay calm.

 

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie

Pair this anti-inflammatory, slimming smoothie with 2 hard boiled eggs, an egg white omelet or a Greek yogurt for protein (or add a scoop of protein powder like Vega One Protein & Greens) for a light, nutrient-packed on-the-go breakfast or meal.  Enjoy it at lunch or dinner by adding a source of protein like grilled salmon on a bed of greens with tomatoes and bell peppers and steamed veggies.

 

Serves 2:

 

Ingredients:

2 c. kale and chard mix

3/4 c. fresh pineapple chunks

1/2 orange

2/3 c. unsweetened green tea

1/2 avocado

1/3 c. water

5 ice cubes

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into individual glasses and enjoy!

This recipe is the perfect breakfast accompaniment and will help you feel light and free of bloat in no time! It also makes a great snack!

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 121 Calories, 6g Fat, 1g Saturated Fat, 18g Carbohydrate, Protein 3g, 4g Fiber, 56mg Sodium, 0mg Cholesterol

 

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie
 
Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 c. kale and chard mix
  • ¾ c. fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ orange
  • ⅔ c. unsweetened green tea
  • ½ Avocado
  • ⅓ c. water
  • 5 cubes ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into individual glasses and enjoy!
  2. This recipe is the perfect breakfast accompaniment and will help you feel light and free of bloat in no time! It also makes a great snack!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 121 Fat: 6g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 18g Sodium: 56mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg

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