Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from dried tea leaves. It’s known for its slightly bitter, vegetal taste and a vibrant green color that results from the leaves’ high chlorophyll levels.
While regular green tea is already popular for its health benefits, matcha has even more. This is because instead of steeping the tea in hot water and then discarding the leaves, with matcha you consume the whole leaf usually by mixing the powder with hot water or milk.
The antioxidants contained in matcha can help boost your energy levels without leaving you with a caffeine high, strengthen your bones, give your skin a healthy glow, improve cholesterol levels and help liver function.
If you’re looking for a way to add this green gem into your diet, here are a few recipes.
ICED BUBBLE MATCHA TEA
“Vibrant green matcha powder infuses plenty of antioxidants into this refreshing summer beverage that’s as fun to drink as it is healthy.”
Find the recipe: vitamix.com
VEGAN MATCHA LATTE
“This would make the perfect gentle caffeine boost when you need a little pick-me-up.”
Find the recipe: minimalistbaker.com
ICED MATCHA GREEN TEA LATTE
“Light, creamy and refreshing iced matcha latte made at home, in the blender in under a minute. This Starbucks copycat recipe taste just as good for a fraction of the price!”
Find the recipe: gimmedelicious.com
MATCHA GREEN TEA LATTE
“Wake up in the morning with a rejuvenating, nutritious matcha latte.”
Find the recipe: japancentre.com
MATCHA HOT CHOCOLATE
“Matcha is meant to be paired with something sweet so it works beautifully with white hot chocolate. This green tea and hot chocolate drink is made even better with toasted marshmallows.”
Find the recipe: ohhowcivilized.com