All About My Homemade "Matcha" | Charu Naava
So, for those of you that don't already know, I love my homemade smoothies and organic teas. But, for the past 4 years or so, Matcha has really become a delicious fav drink for me. I have tried various types from... lattes, iced drinks, hot drinks and ...yes, even smoothie blends. However, I am all about making homemade versions of things that I enjoy eating and drinking. There are 2 main benefits in doing this.
First, I know exactly what I am eating/drinking. I tried to purchase natural and/or organic ingredients for my homemade recipes. Second, in the long run - it's less expensive. So, you should have an idea that there are endless ways to be creative with the ingredients and Matcha. Below, I’ll share with you what ingredients I typically use, and why I use it.
Side note: For those coffee lovers, Matcha is a healthier option with incredible benefits which will be listed below.
What is Matcha
Matcha tea powder is ground from fine Japanese green tea leaves. It is the star of the centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony, and its pleasant taste and health benefits make it a favorite of many tea-lovers today. Organic Matcha powder is whisked in a bowl with hot water to create a frothy, bright green, nourishing beverage. Once prepared, it is then immediately consumed in its entirety.
Recipe + Ingredients + Why 1/4 cup of water heated to 170 degrees I use this Bonavita Kettle.
1 tsp of organic Matcha powder My current faves are from Matcha
1 cup of heated Rice or Coconut Milk I make homemade rice or coconut milk every week – recipe coming soon!
1/2 tsp of Turmeric-Collagen Blend
Totally optional! It’s super good for you, so why not sneak it in if you can? I use Live 24K, because it is nutritionally optimized. This blend helps tame my gut inflammation majorly. It can also help if you have a headache. Just make sure you get a blend that includes black pepper in the ingredients. Read more about why here.
1 tbsp of organic Coconut Butter This is really the ingredient that knocks Matcha lattes out of the park! So many good brands for this. Coconut butter is a healthy fat that helps balance hormones, keeps you full longer, boosts immunity, and so much more.
1/2 tsp of Organic Cinnamon Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices for you. It helps decrease inflammation, can lower blood sugar levels, and boosts immunity. I always find a way to sprinkle it into my day.
1 tsp of Gelatinized Maca Powder Maca is one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps balance out hormones, boosts energy, and can even potentially boost libido. I get Navita’s Gelatinized Maca, because it’s easier to digest than raw Maca.
1/2 tsp of Coconut Nectar or Manuka Honey This is totally optional. Somedays I want to sweeten things up. Other days, I don’t. I choose coconut nectar, because it has lower Glycemic index than maple syrup. I like Manuka honey for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities.
Then, blend it all up in a high-speed quality blender!
Or use the Traditional Japanese tools to blend your drink!
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