Health Benefits of Matcha + A Coconut Ginger Matcha Latte

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Find out how to make a Coconut Ginger Matcha Latte and learn why this green gold is not a fad. It’s here to stay and for a good reason.

Coconut Matcha Latte

Have you tried matcha yet? Green gold is what they call it. And lately, I’ve been getting my fill. I’m now on my summer schedule, and so far I’ve been spending a lot of time writing and sitting in front of screens. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but now I see why people love it. I’ve found that caffeine helps me get into a more creative flow. It helps my brain function a little better in the early morning hours. (I know I’m late to the perk party.)

I finally get why coffee drinkers are so serious about their morning cup. Even in this summer-like heat, we’re having, I’ve been making all varieties of matcha lattes a few times a week. I promise. I’m not hooked. I can stop anytime I want. But right now… I don’t want to.

Matcha is a powdered green tea native to Japan. The flavor is rich and earthy and not nearly as bitter as other green teas I’ve tried. Instead of brewing or steeping tea leaves, you drink the green tea powder that’s been dissolved in water. Nothing is left behind, so it’s a more potent drink. For more on the history of this green gold, check out the article I wrote for Food & Nutrition magazine last year.

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Here are three reasons to make matcha a regular part of your routine:

  1. Like other green teas, research shows that matcha may help boost mental alertness. A potential plus? Some people report that unlike coffee, you don’t get the jitters after the caffeine wears off.
  2. Rich in polyphenols, matcha (like other green teas) may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and other conditions and may even have some anti-aging benefits. Yes!!
  3. It makes you slow down. It’s quick and easy to steep a tea bag in a mug of hot water, wait 3 minutes then sip. With matcha, there’s a process. It forces mindfulness at the start of the day.

If it’s new to you, I encourage you to give it a try. However, it’s not a new trend. I’d say it’s here to stay.  According to Google Trends, matcha has been trending up since 2011 with the biggest spike seen last year. Now you can find matcha bars in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, iced drinks at Starbucks and matcha lattes all over Instagram.

 

I’ve been chatting about matcha for a while now, and I’m often asked which one to buy. I’m still in search of my absolute favorite, but I like the tin I got at Teavana. There are several organic ones available on Amazon that I want to try. I’ll come back and update this post with a complete list once I pick my favorite three.

In any case, just make sure you buy pure matcha powder, not a mix. The mixes are typically sugar-sweetened and of poor quality. Skip those. The real deal will have a beautiful bright green color, and it will not be cheap – sorry. You’ll also find matcha flavored everything – from donuts to pancakes and candy. These are usually just added for flavor and color – don’t depend on these treats to get the health benefits I shared earlier.

So here’s my current favorite way to prep a matcha latte.

NOTE: I’m aware that this recipe is not the traditional way of preparing matcha. I accept that it is Americanized and yet still quite delicious! Bon Appetit magazine has an excellent tutorial on How to Make Matcha that’s a little closer to the traditional Japanese preparation method.

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Coconut Ginger Matcha Latte
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 30 kcal
Author: Marisa
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup warm unsweetened coconut milk (the refrigerated one)
  • 3/4 cup ounces hot (not boiling) water
  • honey and ground ginger to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk the matcha with about 1/4 cup water until all lumps dissolve. Here you can use a wire whisk or (what I prefer) a bamboo whisk for a more traditional preparation.

  2. Once smooth, add honey and ginger to the mixture. Whisk until well incorporated. 

  3. Pour in the remaining water and coconut milk. Whisk or use a milk frother until you reach the desired consistency. Enjoy right away.

8 Comments on Health Benefits of Matcha + A Coconut Ginger Matcha Latte

  1. Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    May 12, 2016 at 8:18 AM (2 years ago)
    I surprisingly have not tried matcha yet, but I really want to since it seems to be all the rage. I need to see what it's all about! Reply
    • Marisa
      May 12, 2016 at 8:29 AM (2 years ago)
      Definitely try it. If you like green tea, you'll love matcha! Reply
      • liz
        June 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM (1 year ago)
        i have been drink teavana matcha tea and love it! though i have tried others like T2 and natures force, but teavana hands down for me is the best! i even put it in my smoothies! Reply
  2. Robert C. Matcha Lover
    May 20, 2016 at 6:34 AM (2 years ago)
    This is a brilliant recipe! I've just tried it and I'm already feeling the healthy goodness rushing through me. Can I share this in our website blog? Reply
    • Marisa
      May 20, 2016 at 7:51 AM (2 years ago)
      So glad you like it, Robert! And I appreciate the offer but ask that you don't reprint my blog post(s), photos or recipes on another site. Thanks so much! Reply
      • Robert Matcha Lover
        May 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM (1 year ago)
        Thank you so much for the recipe and for responding, I won't :) Reply
  3. Kayla
    March 21, 2017 at 12:12 AM (8 months ago)
    I've been searching for a twist on a matcha latte and this one is awesome! My favourite matcha is from Matcha Pure Tea. I love the hit of ginger in your recipe. Thanks so much :)
    Reply
    • Marisa
      March 21, 2017 at 5:14 AM (8 months ago)
      Thanks, Kayla!! It's one of my faves and now that it's warming up here, I'll soon be icing it! Reply

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