31 Jan Green Matcha Chai Latte for Warmth and Cancer Prevention
It has been REALLY cold recently. Snow and ice are showing up in places that are completely unprepared for it. Fortunately, I have a temporary but noteworthy solution, a good-for-you drink that will warm you up and help your body stay healthy at the same time.
Matcha tea has been used by the Japanese for centuries. This finely ground green tea is loaded with a highly-potent compound called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCg. Of all the antioxidants, EGCg is known for its anti-cancer properties. Scientists at the University of Kansas believe EGCg to be approximately 100 times greater at protecting the body’s cells from free radical damage as compared to other teas. That alone is enough reason for you to ditch your morning coffee in exchange for this powerhouse elixir. If that doesn’t entice you, matcha tea also helps us to burn calories, it supports the immune system, and helps to detoxify the body. The best part of it all is that it’s flavor is much milder than the more common varieties of green tea and requires little to no sweetener. Matcha tea does have naturally-occurring caffeine but it is about half of what’s found in coffee plus it releases the caffeine into the body gradually while helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
For this recipe, I used homemade almond milk. I’ve said it before but I will say it again. It’s cheaper, tastier, and better for you plus who doesn’t have 10 minutes (or less) to prepare it? Many brands, including the organic ones, add carrageenan to their almond milk, an additive linked to inflammatory illnesses including colon cancer. That said, just make your own. I have a recipe and video for you right here. For those who enjoy abuelita’s avena (grandma’s oatmeal), this can be a good dairy-free, sugar-free alternative.
Matcha tea powder + creamy homemade almond milk + a few warming spices + dates for natural sweetness = HEAVEN!
- 3 Cups Homemade Almond Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger
- 7 Pitted Dates
- 3 Cardamon Pods
- 1 cup of water
- 6-8 Mint leaves
- Pinch of Pink Salt
- Combine almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, mint, and the cardamon pods in a medium saucepan, whisk and bring to a boil.
- Lower temperature, add a cup of water, cover and allow to simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain into a high-speed blender and let the mixture cool down for a few minutes, then add dates, matcha green tea and blend until smooth.
- Optional: You can also add ice and turn into a frappe!