May Theme: Tea cups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.
What is Matcha?
Matcha tea is kind of like a super concentrated green tea. Instead of just brewing the leaves, you’re actually ingesting them. This give you up to ten times the antioxidant effect and nutritional value of your standard green. Matcha’s rich in antioxidants, as well as chlorophyll and fiber, and has been found to have natural mood enhancing effects. All in all, matcha’s got no match when it comes to healthy teas.
Matcha is pretty easy to find. I actually got it from Amazon, but I recently saw some at a local whole foods market as well. I used Organic Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics.
- 1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T honey
- Mix matcha powder with about 1/4 cup of hot water, whisking with a fork until smooth.
- Add cinnamon, honey, and the rest of the water and continue whisking until frothy.
- Add coconut milk and serve while still warm.
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