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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
 
Author:
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

Skinny Chai Tea Latte

 

Having a case of the Mondays? Tired of the same old cup of Joe each morning? We have some great energy boosting alternatives for you to try today including a delicious low calorie chai tea latte!

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  • Chai is commonly made with milk, black tea and a variety of spices such as cinnamon and ginger. There’s some caffeine (15-55 mg in 8 ounces–but less than coffee (100-200 mg in 8 ounces) so you’ll get a hydrating lift. Plus tea is packed with antioxidants to keep you healthy and invigorated. The spices have health benefits as well and cinnamon even helps with blood sugar control. Check out our delish Skinny Chai Tea Latte recipe below!
  • Green tea is packed with health promoting antioxidants and has some caffeine (25-40 mg per 8 ounces) if you need that boost. So it’s got less caffeine than coffee and its got theanine, an amino acid that creates a mental calmness, yet makes you alert.
  • Lemon water can stimulate all your senses and wake you up. Good bye sluggish afternoons, hello lemon water!
  • Add flaxseed to any morning shake—its fiber will extend the boost from the carbohydrate to give you extra energy.
  • Peppermint tea helps to calm your stomach after a large meal which can make you feel healthy and energized. It also gives you minty fresh breath. Two for one!

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site!  And here are a few to try…

Greek Quinoa Salad

Pumpkin Cake Spice Roll

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Cajun Chicken

Yogurt Paprika Chicken

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes with Banana Cream Syrup

While there are many more alternatives to your cup of Joe each morning; try one of these new, healthier beverages to help you get through your day the next time you have the case of the Mondays.

Here’s one of our favorite drinks instead of coffee… Chai Tea Latte–Enjoy!

Skinny Chai Tea Latte

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 individual tea bags
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla soy milk
  • fat free whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  • Place the tea bags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water and brew according to instructions on coffeemaker.
  • While tea mixture is brewing, combine the non-fat milk, soy milk and brown sugar into a small pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour milk mixture into coffee mugs; stir in tea, until evenly mixed. Enjoy!

With fat free whipped cream each tablespoon would add 15 calories

Per Serving (without fat free whipped cream): 78 calories, 1 g fat, 14 g carbohydrate, 5 grams protein, 1 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 75 mg sodium

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Skinny Chai Tea Latte
 
With fat free whipped cream each tablespoon would add 15 calories Per Serving (without fat free whipped cream) : 78 calories, 1 g fat, 14 g carbohydrate, 5 grams protein, 1 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 75 mg sodium
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 individual tea bags
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla soy milk
  • fat free whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the tea bags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in the coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water and brew according to instructions on coffeemaker.
  2. While tea mixture is brewing, combine the non-fat milk, soy milk and brown sugar into a small pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour milk mixture into coffee mugs; stir in tea, until evenly mixed. Enjoy!