Ultimate Matcha Latte for Your Skin
For centuries, Japan has been preparing Matcha in traditional tea ceremonies. The entire tea ceremony was an experience: the tea finely ground, the drinks carefully prepared and the drinking a meditative experience. Soon, matcha was incorporated into their daily cuisine at a culinary grade, in addition to the ceremonial. There's no wonder that Japan has such a high life expectancy.
Drink You Skin Care
Matcha: A whole new level of superfood.
So what's the deal with Matcha? Why should you be drinking it?
Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown green tea. It has one of the highest antioxidant counts available, aids in metabolic processing to burn more calories, is a natural detoxifier, rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, lowers cholesterol, helps to clear skin and add a natural glow, boosts your mood and energy. Essentially, you get a lot for just a little.
However, when the Matcha craze hit the Western World, this powder was reinvented in ways never seen before. Soft serve ice cream, layered cheesecakes, stuffed donuts and green hollandaise sauce: Matcha has gone from a sacred secret to a marketing ploy.
Matcha could be the best natural & drinkable skin care product available. Yet, most of these recipes combine the powder with the main beauty enemies: sugar and dairy.
Time to Clean It Up.
As an effort to stop drinking so much coffee, I've been turning to matcha for my daily caffeine hit. After weeks of testing out different preparation methods, I've discovered a great recipe that boosts your skincare routine with clean ingredients and gives you energy to last all day long.
- 1 tsp Matcha (I love Matcha Ninja because it's high-quality and super fine, which means it blends really really well.)
- 1 tbsp collagen (really beneficial for your skin to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and promotes an even skin tone! I'm currently using one from Organika.)
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk (I get mine from Silk because I'm too lazy to make it)
- hot water
- Combine the matcha, collagen and cashew milk into a blender. Blend on high until matcha and collagen are dissolved, forming a frothy mixture
- Add mixture with hot water and enjoy
I love this recipe because it is easy to make, it contains clean and natural ingredients that all contribute to a glowing complexion and it TASTES GREAT. Better than anything you can buy at the store.
It is also important to remember that not all matches are made equal. If you go to many chain cafes (Starbucks, DavidsTea etc.), most of their Matcha teas are full of sugars and preservatives. Check for all pseudo-sugar names too, like nectars, agaves, syrups etc. because they will affect your body the same way that regular sugar does.
Your matcha should be finely ground (no big chunks!!), and bright green. If it looks brown or gray, it means that the Matcha is not fresh or stored properly, which can add a poor taste and make a bad drink. Store your matcha in an air-tight resealable container in the fridge.
And remember, next time you order a Matcha Latte at a coffee shop, make sure it's not just a 350-calorie milky treat, but a healthful cup of green goodness. If they must use a milk, as for a low-sugar plant milk. If they're whisking it, make sure it's not just shaken in a bottle. Because if you're going to drink a beverage that has the same macro and sugar count as a piece of cake because it's a "superfood", just eat the damn piece of cake. Better yet - eat the matcha cake and cookies and other sugary goodies. You'll probably enjoy it more.