Matcha Latte with Review

IMG_1813 So you may remember me mentioning in my New Year post that I was going to try introducing matcha into my daily life to see for myself what all the fuss was about. It all started when teapigs asked me if I would try their 14-day challenge.

I normally don’t accept offers for sponsored content but so many of you ask me about things like this that actually I was pretty excited to give it a try. So for the last few weeks I have been using teapigs matcha powder every day and I actually have noticed that I’m feeling pretty good!

I had heard a lot of claims about the benefits of matcha - that it made people feel energised, that users reported an improvement in their hair and skin in just two weeks – which all sounded a little too good to be true. The thing is, I really believe that superfoods are, well, super and that they can support us in achieving a healthy lifestyle BUT I haven’t really ever used them much which has been a conscious decision. I want healthy eating to be as accessible as possible – it isn’t about fancy ingredients and things you can’t pronounce! I try to ensure that my recipes are simple but this is a genuine reflection of the way that I eat. I don’t live next door to Whole Foods and can’t afford to do all my shopping there. So for me, superfoods are a great addition at times but aren’t something I want to rely on.

IMG_1400So what is matcha? Well, it is a made from organic green tea leaves which are ground down to make a fine powder. Although it has only recently arrived in the UK, it has been drunk in Japan for almost 900 years and is even used to help Buddhist monks keep their focus during their long days of mediation!

I’ve been drinking matcha lattes most days – my recipe is below – but I branched out and made a chia pudding once or twice as well because I wanted to see how hard it was to mask the taste in food! I’ve seen people make matcha porridge, muffins, pancakes etc. – it turns out that with a little sweetener you wouldn’t know there was any powder in there (if it wasn’t for the obvious turn-everything-green factor).

What I really loved about the lattes is that they were a really great boost of energy to have in the afternoon, especially when I had come in from the cold and was looking for something warm and comforting that was also going to give me an energy boost. So it is a great thing to explore if you are trying to reduce your coffee intake!

So what is my verdict after the 2 weeks? I definitely do feel energised and I am totally loving my daily matcha latte so I’m planning on keeping up that little ritual for sure! Here is how I make it…

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Matcha Latte (Serves 1)

200ml of almond milk

½-1 teaspoon of honey

½ a teaspoon of matcha powder

Gently heat the milk in a pan on a low heat. Then add the matcha and honey and whisk well. Poor into a mug and let cool a little before drinking!

To find out more or get involved with the #matchachallenge, head to @teapigs and see if you notice a difference – I would love to hear how you get on.

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