8 Drinks to Take Your Matcha Tea to the Next Level
The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
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.
Easy Matcha Latte
Green Tea Frappuccino
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.
Iced Matcha Tea
This recipe from matcha brand PANATEA blends lime juice and mint with matcha for a super refreshing and energy-boosting drink.
Maca Matcha Smoothie
Healthy Bubble Milk Tea
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.
Matcha White Hot Chocolate
Matcha Mint Julep
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.