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