I don’t know about you guys, but here in Belgium spring has finally arrived and the weather is beautiful. This is the proper time to introduce you to Matcha Latte, as it’s gorgeous pale green colour perfectly matches early spring, and it’s cooling, delicious taste will refresh you all summer long.
I first tasted matcha while travelling Japan and I have been madly in love since. Although this luxurious, pure kind of powdered green tea is pretty expensive, it’s worth every cent you spend on it.
Not only is it super tasty, it’s also said to be extremely healthy. Full of catechin, matcha is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can find; not a single tea on the market contains more cancer fighting elements. Matcha also has calming properties that increase concentration and lifts energy levels without the drawbacks of high caffeine intake. Like all other green teas, it boosts the metabolism and detoxifies the body, however one glass of Matcha equals ten cups of regular, distilled tea when it comes to it’s nutritional value and health benefits. It doesn’t raise insulin levels, is anti-bacterial and lowers cholesterol. Do you need any more reasons to try this miraculous tea?
When first tasting matcha, it can be a bit confusing, especially when drinking it pure and hot. The bitter, strong flavour isn’t to be compared to “regular” green teas and neither is the structure. My first encounter with it, however, was at a coffee bar in Hakata, Fukuoka, and it came iced, heavily sweetened and topped with an ice cream swirl.
Indeed, matcha can be found in many forms, plenty of them being desserts: matcha mocchi, matcha ice cream, matcha cake, matcha coated cookies… all of them are heavenly. My recipe for this refreshing summer smoothie, however, is both healthy and a real treat. Here we go! Continue reading The frothy deliciousness that is Iced Matcha Banana Latte