Foodie Tuesdays: Matcha green tea!

matcha

 

Peace Soulstars,

I have developed a love for matcha tea over the last few years.    Not only do I love the taste but the benefits to your body mentally and physically make it hard to pass up.  I only wish I had discovered it sooner.  Anyway,  it’s so versatile because I’ve included it in smoothies and as a tea with steamed water.  When I’m feeling adventurous I’ll be making matcha cupcakes, ice cream, mud cake etc.  I’ve been in the mood for matcha tea almost everyday as of late.  It seems to be giving me energy. It is quite the energy booster.  Many substitute matcha tea for coffee.  Both have caffeine of course but coffee is still higher in caffeine. It’s pretty simple to make a basic cup of matcha green tea.

What you’ll need:

a wisk (manual or electric)

1/2 (approx.) of matcha powder

6 oz (approx.) of steamed or hot water

a splash of milk (I prefer almond milk)

All you do is add approximately a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder to about 6 oz of steamed or hot water.  Then take your manual or electric wisk and mix accordingly.  With the manual wisk you just mix in quick, short, zig zag-like strokes until the matcha turns a bright green.  With the electric wisk, you just push a button and place the tip of the wisk inside the cup of matcha  and wisk until it turns bright green.  You’ll notice a foamy top layer.  You want to wisk until you don’t see any lumps and the tea turns a bright green color.  Lastly, I add a bit of milk.  Not enough to call it a latte.  Just enough to make it slightly creamy.  That’s it.

You can add a sweetener of your choice.  I typically choose honey.  Sometimes I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.   I like to use almond milk because it gives a smooth and slightly creamy texture.  It also takes some of the “bite” out of it if the tea is a bit strong.  You adjust to your liking the more you make it until you find what suits you.  You choose what’s best for you.  Here ‘s a great recipe for a matcha latte which I plan to make hot and cold.   Drink up and let me know if you’ve tried matcha.

Love and light,

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Author: Angelica

My name is Angelica and I am a licensed certified social worker who has a passion for helping people understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, I am a devoted wife and mother whose other interests include music, art, reading, exercise, meditation, and cooking. Amanisoul is a synthesis of the name "Amani" which means harmony and peace in swahili and the word "soul" which means essence or spiritual self. Discovering one's inner peace involves being healthy mentally and physically. Mental and physical health coexist inevitably. I make it my mission to promote healthy living and the impact of positive lifestyle changes on mental health.

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