Posted on January 05 2019
Matcha is a type of green tea made by finely grounding the entire leaves into a powder. A growing body of research shows that catechins—flavonoids found in certain teas, fruits, wines, and chocolate—increase exercise performance, aid in weight loss, and help fight cancer.
Notably, what makes matcha so popular in the health community is it’s unrivaled antioxidant potency. Like traditional green tea, matcha contains a bioactive compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Since matcha is derived from the whole leaf, it contains a mega dose of catechins. In fact, a study featured in the Journal of Chromatography indicated that matcha has 137 times more EGCG than traditional Chinese green tea.
Matcha’s incredible EGCG content is what makes it a great addition to any fitness regimen. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that matcha can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8-10% to 35-43% of daily expenditure.
What makes our matcha latte different than others? Our recipe is packed with 26g protein, making it the perfect post-workout drink or afternoon pick-me-up when you need some extra oomph to make it through the day.
ISO-PF Vanilla Fluff provides delicious creamy notes to the latte. Since our protein powder is naturally sweetened with stevia, you most likely don't need to add any extra sweetener (but feel free to add more stevia to taste).
Soymilk packs a healthy dose of protein and makes the matcha more available for our bodies to absorb. Make sure to use organic soymilk because conventional soy is genetically-modified and laden with harmful pesticides.
By some sorcery, black pepper also makes matcha more bioavailable, so don’t skip this ingredient. You won’t even notice it’s in there!
Japan is the birthplace and gatekeeper of the highest quality matcha, so we recommend using Japanese matcha in this recipe (also buy organic if possible, we like this brand).
Going this route is more expensive than Chinese matcha (lower quality), but forking over the extra cash will ensure that you’ll reap the full health benefits, flavor, and quality of matcha green tea (click here to learn more about the differences between high and low-quality matcha).
If you try this superfood beverage, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag us @inspirednutra on Instagram so we can see :)
MATCHA PROTEIN LATTE
Calories: 208 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 26g
- 1 tsp organic Japanese matcha powder
- 3 tbsp hot water
- 1/2 scoop ISO-PF Vanilla Fluff
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 1/2 cup organic soymilk
- Optional: stevia to taste
- Add matcha powder and hot water to a serving mug. Whisk until completely dissolved.
- Then add protein powder and black pepper. Whisk until well-combined.
- Heat soymilk on the stovetop until hot and steamy. To get more froth, you can whisk vigorously or use a handheld frother. If you have an espresso machine, you can also add soymilk to a frothing pitcher and steam it.
- Pour soymilk into your mug. Taste and add more stevia if needed. Enjoy!