5 Healthy Ways to Drink Matcha

March 29, 2017

5 Healthy Ways to Drink Matcha

If you read our post a few weeks ago about the benefits of matcha, you know that this green powdered tea is full of antioxidants, can increase energy, boost the immune system as well as remove heavy metals and chemicals from the body. For us at Lica Cole, we believe in the natural healing properties of matcha both for the inside of your body as well as topically. We suggest incorporating matcha into your daily life to promote wellness of body and mind.

There is so much you can do with matcha and at times it can get a bit overwhelming. To help you transition this life giving tea into your life, here are a few of our favorite drink recipes to brighten your day and excite your palate.


Matcha Mint Iced Tea

Love and Lemons posted this fresh take on traditional matcha. The mint not only adds a refreshing boost to this tea but it also contains a number of health benefits as well. This herb can aid in healing or soothing digestive issues, promote weight loss, relieve nausea and depression and can even help with memory loss.

Recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • handfuls of mint
  • optional: honey or cane sugar (or minty simple syrup, see notes)

Instructions:

  1. Using a cocktail shaker (or a large jar with a non-leaky lid) shake together the water and matcha until there are no lumps.
  2. Add the ice, a squeeze of lime, handfuls of mint and shake it some more. (Add sweetener if you like).
  3. Pour into glasses with extra lime slices and mint.

 

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

A great way to start your day is with a nutrient rich smoothie in the morning. This recipe comes from Alison, creator of Loving It Vegan. With spinach as a great source of protein and, of course, matcha, this smoothie will keep you energized and feeling great.

Recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 2 Large Handfuls (~5oz/140g) Baby Spinach
  • 2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 cup (240ml) Light Coconut Milk

Instructions:

  1. Add the coconut milk to your blender jug, followed by the matcha green tea powder and spinach. Blend.
  2. Add the mango and frozen bananas and blend until creamy and smooth.

Iced Coconut Matcha Latte

Described as a “a powerhouse drink” and a “perfect substitute for sugar-filled shop-bought iced lattes and frappes,” Teffy Perk of Sprinkle of Green, created this delicious way to enjoy matcha and satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 175ml nut milk (almond or cashew are best)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or 2 drops stevia
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • Big handful of ice, divided into 3
  • 250ml coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the coconut milk and ⅓ of the ice into a blender and blend until smooth. Add another ⅓ of the ice and pulse a few times, just to break it down slightly.
  2. Add the coconut milk and the remaining ice into a glass or jar and slowly pour in the green matcha so that the two don’t fully mix but create a beautiful layered look.

    Matcha Cucumber Lemonade

    Full of vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet. And since they are made up of  95%, cucumbers are a great way to stay hydrated as well. Combine this with matcha, and you have a vibrant Matcha Cucumber Lemonade recipe by Daily Burn.

    Recipe

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
    • 1 cup mint leaves
    • 2 cups cold water
    • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup blue agave nectar
    • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
    • 1 cup ice (plus more for serving)

    Instructions:

    1. In a blender, puree the cucumbers and mint leaves until just chunky.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the water, lemon juice, agave and matcha powder. Add the lemon mixture to the puree and blend until very smooth. Return to the pitcher.
    3. Serve in ice-filled glasses with mint and cucumber garnishes.

    Chia Green Tea

    Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, loaded with protein, fibers and Omega-3 fatty acids. It only makes sense to pair them with matcha. This recipe comes from Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess.

    Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/4 teaspoon matcha powder
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    • juice from 1/4 lemon or lime

    Instructions:

    1. In a tall glass or jar, whisk (or shake if you're using a jar with a lid) together the water and matcha powder. Stir in the chia seeds and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
    2. Give the water a stir if it looks like the seeds are sticking together. The longer they soak the more gelatinous they will become.
    3. Before serving, squeeze in a little lemon juice. 

    We hope you have enjoy this matcha inspiration. Be sure to check out our new matcha infused body care products from our The Good Vibe collection at www.LicaCole.com! Leave a comment below and let us know how you use matcha!

     

    Kailey Brennan is our Content Executive and Wellness blogger. With a passion for holistic living, she loves to research all these exciting and informative topics so that Lica Cole can spread the beautiful message of natural, green beauty. She is obsessed with essential oils, books, and vegan food, and her favorite Lica Cole product is our Ayurvedic Smoothing Silk

    Feel free to contact her with any topic suggests, comments or just to say hello! kailey@licacole.com