Aside from creating jewelry, one of the things I am most passionate about is tea! It’s kinda serious. I have no doubt that somewhere down the road I’ll open up a tea bar or shop ( hip hop tea shop? haha ), but for now I’ll cater to this obsession by indulging in all the yummiest blends and tea treats I can. One of my favorites (especially in the summer) is a cold glass of iced matcha latte which is super easy to make at home! The health benefits of matcha exceed that of green tea because when you drink matcha you consume the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. Matcha is a natural mood enhancer that is rich in antioxidants and chlorophyll, and is the equivalent of about 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons green tea powder (matcha)
- 2 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
Whisk the green tea powder, hot water, and milk together in a bowl; sweeten with the condensed milk and continue whisking until dissolved into the tea. You want to make sure to whisk thoroughly because the matcha powder has the tendency to chunk when mixed with liquid, and the matcha itself is quite bitter. Chill completely in the refrigerator. Serve poured over ice.
I’ve also made this recipe using 3-4 teaspoons of honey in place of sweetened condensed milk and it tastes amazing this way too! Just depends on if you prefer a vegan version or regular latte…and of course it tastes yummy minus the ice during the winter months as well. You can find the matcha powder at most Asian grocery stores, and it can also be purchased at www.teavana.com and www.good4you.etsy.com. ♥