Enjoy this cold or hot, either way it's a healthy, refreshing drink packed with antioxidants to start your morning off right!
Hello my name is Lauren Kelly and I am a green tea addict.
There, I said it.
Seriously, I think about it all the time.
I hate the taste of coffee ( I know, I know) and even tried to drink it during graduate school a couple of times to help keep me awake. I can still think about it now almost 20 years ago and it can make my stomach turn.
I tried it with the sugary stuff in it because people said there was no way I wouldn't like it. Yup, I found a way.
I even went to the fancy coffee shops and tried all of those flavors. Mocha stuff, caramel, vanilla…you name it, none of that tasted good to me.
Boy oh boy those fancy coffees are loaded with so much sugar and calories. Just a gentle reminder for all of you coffee addicts.
So then, I tried it with just milk and sugar.
Nope that was even worse.
The funny thing was that I was studying nutrition and it didn't dawn on me that maybe I should give green tea a try. I should have known better, right?
I never really needed caffeine like this before and wasn't about to start drinking Mountain Dews again like I did in college during finals.
No judgements here please!
I remember back in college, my best friend and I drove from Maryland to Florida for spring break and I drove most of the way. Because I didn't drink coffee and needed some serious caffeine to stay away I drank Mountain Dews the whole time.
I have a stomach ache just thinking about that.
But I have to say, it worked. I had a bunch of energy even though I felt like garbage.
Now, the new and improved version of me knows better. I studied (and studied and studied) how I can fuel my body properly and ways to have caffeine in a much healthier way.
Side note I did try to drink coffee again after I had my first son because nothing prepares you for that kind of exhaustion. I was literally bumping into walls.
Nope, nothing. Even the smell was gross to me.
So I decided to give green tea a try foley for the caffeine. I was in desperate need of some energy and completely sleep deprived.
The first time I drank green tea was with milk and honey because that's what someone recommended. It's not like I never had tea before but it was usually black tea or earl grey or something like that.
I didn't love it with the milk and honey so I tried it plain. That's it, green tea and nothing else.
I was hooked. And that's when my love affair began...
Like most of my recipes, I liked my green tea pure and simple. However, sometimes you just want to jazz it up a bit, you know what I mean?
And this Green Tea Latte is pure fun. And so pretty too!
- 2 teaspoons green tea matcha powder
- ¼ cup hot water
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup optional
- Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Stir in the matcha powder and continue to stir.
- Add the milk and maple syrup if desired.
- Continue to stir so milk becomes frothy.
So even though I typically drink my green tea plain, it's always fun to try different things right? This latte is packed with antioxidants (did I mention how healthy green tea is for you?) and it's still vegan and dairy-free!
It really is a fun and delicious way to kick start the day. And that extra caffeine certainly doesn't hurt, especially when you are a tired mom or dad.
Do you like green tea too? How do you like to drink your green tea?
Please come back and let me know if you made this delicious latte or any of my other recipes. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon!