If you haven't tried matcha yet, I highly recommend you do!
Matcha is a type of green tea. In fact, it's the only green tea where you can consume the entire leaf, so it is ground up into a powder form. Aside from it's caffeine boost and delectable taste, it actually has a lot of health benefits. It has a high amount of antioxidants, is said to help boost your metabolism and endurance, and its chlorophyll content aids in alkalizing and detoxifying your body.
The reason I like matcha so much is because I don't ever feel like I have a crash afterwards like most coffee drinkers feel. I also choose matcha over coffee a lot because, unlike coffee, matcha is not acidic. And since we want our bodies to be less acidic and more alkaline, matcha it is!
It is growing in popularity, so it is pretty common to see matcha latte's at most coffee or tea houses. However- not all matcha is created equal, just like coffee.
For example, the matcha you can get at Starbucks is loaded with added sugar. Even a lot of the matcha powder you can buy in health food stores has added sugar. So, depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find a pure source of matcha powder.
Lucky for you, if you live in Oklahoma city, Urban Tea House sells a really high quality matcha powder. I normally buy several ounces of it at a time so I can make my own latte's at home. Sometimes I'll even put the powder in my smoothies or in baked goods. This is also the powder I used in the recipe below :)
2 cups non-dairy milk
2 tsp matcha powder
3 T honey or agave
In a small sauce pan, heat your milk of choice on low-medium heat.
Add in your matcha and sweetener, and whisk until smooth. If the matcha starts to clump together, you may want to use a hand blender.
Feel free to add more or less sweetener, depending on what you like best.
Once it is hot, pour into cups of your choosing or over ice.