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8 Drinks to Take Your Matcha Tea to the Next Level

The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

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Matcha, made of powdered green tea leaves, is the superhero version of regular green tea, says Jim White, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It’s extremely high in antioxidants and can amp up your metabolism. Plus, the amino acid l-theanine has a calming effect.” White recommends swapping one of your usual caffeinated drinks for pure matcha tea (matcha has some caffeine, but less than coffee) or adding a few teaspoons of the powder to your a.m. smoothie. These eight drink recipes take it up a notch.

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Easy Matcha Latte

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Instead of your afternoon espresso latte, try this matcha twist from the blog Alyssa and Carla. Their easy tip for making foamed milk means you won’t need any special equipment. (For more cold-weather sips, see 6 Hot, Healthy Drinks to Warm You This Winter.)
 

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Green Tea Frappuccino

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The words “paleo” and “Frappuccino” don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but this icy drink from the blog Primally Inspired doesn’t use any processed sweeteners or dairy. 
 

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Iced Matcha Tea

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This recipe from matcha brand PANATEA blends lime juice and mint with matcha for a super refreshing and energy-boosting drink. 

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Maca Matcha Smoothie

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For a superfood-boosted smoothie, The Soulful Spoon's recipe combines maca and matcha. It also has hemp protein, so it’ll keep you full and energized. (Find out what foods are part of the New Wave of Superfoods.)

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Healthy Bubble Milk Tea

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A healthy twist on the Taiwanese dessert drink, this recipe from Blogilates combines a matcha-blended drink with chewy tapioca pearls for an energizing, delicious boost. Plus, if you drink bubble tea regularly, you’ll save a ton of money—not to mention calories from added sugar—by making it yourself. 

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Matcha Lemonade

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Give regular old lemonade a caffeine boost with this recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon. Lemon juice gives your matcha drink a fresh flavor and a kick of vitamin C. (Want to use your matcha in food? Check out these 20 Genius Ways to Use Matcha.)

Matcha White Hot Chocolate

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Warm up your winter with this chocolatey drink from Curried Canteloupe. The recipe is super adaptable: You can add more matcha, swap in dark cocoa, or even try an alternative milk like one of the 8 Dairy-Free Milks You've Never Heard Of

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Matcha Mint Julep

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Nothing says detox to retox like a cocktail recipe that combines the antioxidant power of green tea with bourbon. The Bojon Gourmet's recipe for mint juleps works whether or not it's Derby day. 

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