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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:

The matcha green tea:1

  • 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

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins

Ok, so you’ve probably noticed, we’ve become a bit matcha crazed–last week it was our Matcha Smoothie and now these lil’ muffsters! As registered dietitians we tend to be a bit cautious when it comes to new foods that get a lot of hype since they are often overrated but matcha seems to be all it’s cracked up to be—and we can’t get enough!  And don’t worry if you want to try matcha, but don’t like the taste of green tea. No worries. This delicious matcha muffin recipe will have you hooked!

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Matcha mystified?  If you haven’t seen us talking matcha before and are wondering what the heck matcha is, it is basically green tea even better for you!  You get a mega-dose of potent antioxidants and the benefits that have been associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging and increasing metabolism too. You can read all about matcha here.

Photo below: This is the matcha mustache!  Who needs milk when you can have a green mustache?! 😉 When you drink matcha out of the traditional matcha tea cup be sure not to make the mistake we made and head out for your day without taking a final look in the mirror- oy!  The matcha tea cup is more like a big, wide mug and it leaves a green mustache–so just be warned. 🙂  And don’t worry–if you drink our matcha sugar-craving busting smoothie, no need to worry about the matcha mustache since you eat it from a muffin and it’s not green anyway! Phew! 😉

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Pssst… if you’re a muffin fan, check out our Skinny Banana Bread Muffins, our Skinny Mini Muffins and our Mini Frittata Muffins.

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins

The matcha oatmeal craisin muffins are a perfect way to start your day! They are low in calories, and still provide you with protein and fiber too!

Makes 12 muffins 

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Ingredients

1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

¾ cup quinoa flour

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup craisins

1 tbsp matcha green tea powder

2 tbsp hemp protein powder

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 large egg (we use Eggland’s Best (EB) because they have 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D and double the omegas compared to other eggs, thanks to the proprietary hen feed)

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quinoa flour, brown sugar, craisins, matcha powder, hemp powder, salt, and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add the almond milk, applesauce, honey, olive oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture and stir.

5. Line a 12-muffin baking pan. Fill each compartment about ¾ full.

6. Let cook for 25 minutes. To know if the muffins are done, stick a toothpick through the middle of a muffin and make sure that no residue appears on the toothpick. Allow 10-15 minutes to cool.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 143

Carbohydrates: 27 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Protein: 5 grams

Cholesterol: 15 milligrams

Sodium: 344 milligrams

Sugars: 13 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Matcha Oatmeal Craisin Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup quinoa flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup craisins
  • 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D and double the omegas compared to other eggs, thanks to the proprietary hen feed)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quinoa flour, brown sugar, craisins, matcha powder, hemp powder, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add the almond milk, applesauce, honey, olive oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture and stir.
  5. Line a 12-muffin baking pan. Fill each compartment about ¾ full.
  6. Let cook for 25 minutes. To know if the muffins are done, stick a toothpick through the middle of a muffin and make sure that no residue appears on the toothpick. Allow 10-15 minutes to cool.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 143 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 27 g Sugar: 13 g Sodium: 344 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 15 mg

 

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie -Squash Hunger & Sweet Cravings

 This smoothie marries a hot nutrition trend and a recipe to squash hunger and sweet cravings…

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 Magazine 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 the 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.

Photo below: This is the matcha mustache!  Who needs milk when you can have a green mustache?! 😉 When you drink matcha out of the traditional matcha tea cup be sure not to make the mistake we made and head out for your day without taking a final look in the mirror- oy!  The matcha tea cup is more like a big, wide mug and it leaves a green mustache–so just be warned. 🙂  And don’t worry–if you drink our matcha sugar-craving busting smoothie, no need to worry about the matcha mustache since you drink it from a glass and it’s not green anyway! Phew! 😉

Matcha_Must

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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Here’s why this smoothie helps squash hunger and sweet cravings:

This smoothie is a great source of both fiber and protein–a combination makes for a longer lasting energy boost and helps to prevent hunger, so it’s the ideal breakfast / weight loss snack. What’s more, this combination fills your stomach and keeps your blood sugar stable and prevents it from crashing. It’s when your blood sugar dips that you crave energy (think food!) and when it crashes, you crave a quick pick-me-up (think sugar!) and this smoothie prevents that–and the mood swings too! Oh yeah! 🙂

Matcha Green Tea 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!  Psst–if you’re dying to make this smoothie and you don’t have matcha, toss in a few spinach leaves or mint leaves to get some green goodness!

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

*if you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add stevia to taste

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-Squash Hunger & Sweet Cravings
 
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
  • *if you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add stevia to taste
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

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
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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