Guest recipe and blog by Ligia / @ligiasfreshbowls
Matcha this and matcha that…..Matcha is so hot right now!
But... What exactly is matcha?
Like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it’s grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile.
Farmers grow matcha by covering their tea plants 20–30 days before harvest to avoid direct sunlight. This increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green hue. Once the tea leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed and the leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as matcha.
Matcha has many amazing health benefits, such as:
- It’s rich in antioxidants (which makes it perfect to pair with Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant, which turns your gut into an antioxidant factory!)
- It supports healthy liver, heart and brain function
- It encourages a healthy weight (similar to green tea, which is in just about every weight loss aid, these plants are scientifically proven to aid in metabolism and weight control.)
So matcha is clearly a plant-based superhero, but what about “matcha lattes…” Are they just as healthy?
Maybe you’ve tried the iced matcha latte from your favorite coffee shop… Likely it was really delicious, but… It’s also likely it was sweetened using dairy and refined sugar…
Here’s the great news: You can now make it at home, have it be just as delicious, and completely sidestep the dairy and sugar. Even better, you can make it vegan and gut friendly thanks to the wonderful Probiotic from Just Thrive. The strains in Just Thrive Probiotic are so resilient that you can open the capsule and mix it into virtually anything! I love creating some of my favorite store bought recipes at home and adding a little extra gut love with Just Thrive.
Now, send this to a friend you would want to drink this matcha with and set up a brunch date! 💗 🍵 🥛
DIY Iced Matcha Latte
Recipe: (2 servings )
You can double or triple the recipe and store the remaining matcha in mason jars in the fridge for the rest of the week.
Love, Ligia @ligiasfreshbowls