Lately, I have been addicted to Green Tea lattes, which started when I tried one at a Starbucks in Trussville about a month ago. But....at almost four bucks a shot, I figured I needed a cheaper alternative to feed my need! So...I did a search on the internet to find the basic recipe for the Starbucks one, and found people who had a healthier version. Starbucks uses Matcha Green Tea Powder with a LOT of added sugar, so I found out where to get Matcha Unsweetened Powder so you can add your own sweetener to it. Here is a little blip about Matcha Powder from www.teazonline.com:
Matcha is perhaps the most popular green tea on the market today. The first thing you will notice upon opening the packet is that Matcha is a finely powdered green tea and looks like an emerald colored flour. This characteristic truly sets it apart from other teas.
- Significantly increases energy (over 8 to 10 hours) without the caffeine "jitters".
- Improves mental alertness (L-theanine component)
- Increases calmness and reduces stress (L-theanine component)
- Boosts metabolic rate by 35-40%
- Powerful "Anti-Aging" activity due to the super-charged antioxidants
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases level of LDL or "bad"cholesterol
- Minimizes symptoms of PMS
- "Super" cancer-fighting and cancer-preventative activity (due to extremely high levels of polyphenols and catechins)
- Eases constipation due to high level of easily absorbable dietary fiber
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Powerful anti-biotic and anti-viral activity
- Strong blood detoxifier and alkalyzer, due to the high Chlorophyll content
I make my Lattes, using skim milk (Lattes, by the way are the ONLY time I use skim milk!)
powdered Matcha and one packet of Truvia or Splenda Sweetener, but you can use sugar or honey at any desired amount.
I use a milk frother which looks a lot like a coffee press to warm 1 cup of milk for 1:35 seconds in the microwave, then add 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon of Matcha and any sweetener to the frother, then pump it until it doubles in volume. Pour it in a BIG mug and enjoy! You can make an iced latte by using the same ingredients, except adding half a cup of ice in a blender and blend until frothy!
I purchased my Matcha Powder from www.teazonline.com for 8.99 for 4 0z plus shipping which came to around 13.00 for 50 servings. That's about 26 cents per serving! I found sweetened Matcha powder at Whole Foods for 10.99, but for only 10 servings, so I think you are way better off ordering it online!