Aug 15, 2013

Matcha Green Tea Shots



These healthy energy shots give you a BLAST of antioxidants, the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for a healthy Happy Hour!

I'm in love with Matcha, not just because of the antioxidants, or because it has two amino acids (theophylline and L-theanine) which have both an energizing and calming effect (which explains why Buddhist monks have been drinking Matcha for centuries!)

I really just love the taste of Matcha, more than I enjoy drinking a regular cup of green tea. Because it's a fine powder form of the tea leaf, it quickly dissolves in anything you put it in, hot or cold, so if I want to drink it cold, I just mix it in – no heating required!



This is so easy, and takes just 1 minute to make. I combine sweetened vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk and Matcha powder – then shake, shake, shake! That's it! You could even use unsweetened almond milk and a few drops of stevia.

For a quick afternoon pick me up, rather than reaching for a cup of coffee (which I prefer to drink in the mornings) I go for Matcha instead. It's the perfect pick me up without the jitters.





Matcha Green Tea Shots
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Servings: 2 • Size: 2 shots (4 oz)  • Old Pts: 1 • WW Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 55 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 9 g
Sodium: 76 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine the almond milk with the Matcha powder and place in a martini shaker. Shake, shake, shake (shake really good to dissolve the powder) and pour into 4 shot glasses.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I only share products I use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.

37 comments :

  1. I have never heard of Matcha. Where do you find it?

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    1. You can get it at Teavana. Online or in stores.

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    2. I also buy it from Amazon, and my local health food store carries it. It's more expensive than tea bags, but it lasts me a while.

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  2. What kind of matcha powder do you use? I've thought about trying it but didn't know what kind to buy.

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  3. Where do you buy your Match? Can you post a link? Thank you so much:)

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    1. http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green-teas/p/matcha-japanese-green-tea-40g

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  5. What a great idea, Gina! This may replace my usual afternoon cup of Earl Grey tea.

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  6. Thank you, I actually have the Teavana. Which I love:) But I noticed the one in the picture was different. Just curious what brand it is?

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  7. I love anything Matcha Especially bubble milk tea! so tasty!! I will have to try these, they look very tasty!

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  8. Good work, Gina: matcha is the only form of tea in which you actually eat/drink the whole leaf, which adds other polyphenols and their benefits.

    Adding vitamin C (often done in ready-to-drink products to increase shelf life) increases levels of the two most abundant catechins by sixfold and 13-fold: but we can do it with lemon or orange.
    Best
    JL

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  9. Gina, I really don't like the taste of Almond milk, could I use Silk TrueCoconut Milk instead?

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    1. Any milk you normally drink is fine

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  10. I've never tried matcha powder before. Maybe I should give it a shot!

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  11. This sounds interesting - I'll have to try it!

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  12. I'll try that. Sounds fantastic. Thanks!

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  13. I cant wait to try this!! yumm!!

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    LesleyKim

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  14. Starbucks has a great green tea latte. I like it with soy milk and no sweetener bc the soy milk has a nice sweet vanilla flavor to it already. I like mine both iced and hot.

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    1. Starbucks matcha is also loaded with sugar. Be careful to find pure matcha and not the packages filled with (cane) sugar.

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  15. Everyone's different. Coffee's never made me jittery but even a small amount of matcha will do it. It does have a wonderful flavor, though.

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    1. Funny! Coffee keeps me up at night but not Matcha.

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  16. My daughter works at Starbucks and they have drinks they put matcha in and I am pretty sure you can have it added also. Is there anything else you add it to besides milk?

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    1. I add it to smoothies. When I go to Starbucks, I have it added to their Vivanno Smoothies. However, the Starbucks matcha blend is primarily sugar.

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  17. I've had the hardest time finding matcha powder....I'd love to try this soon!

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  19. I love the Starbucks drink, but this is so much easier and cheaper to do at home. It was delish! I bought my Matcha powder at our local organic grocery store.

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  20. Absolutely LOVE your pics of the watermelon water!! Gorgeous.

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  21. Is this similar to the green tea latte from Starbucks? I really want to make something like that !

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  22. I love Almond Breeze! What a good way to drink it, I never thought about mixing it with my Matcha!

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  23. I ordered Matcha from amazon and it is so expensive :-/ I'm looking up ways to make it myself. I love this though, the vanilla almond milk really makes it taste great!

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  24. This is soooo goood!! I find myself craving it. I use my blender bottle to mix it up and it works like a charm. Thanks for introducing me to matcha!

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  25. I've tried this matcha shot a few times and LOVE it!!
    This weekend I had it before a morning run and noticed the difference when I skipped it the following day...its a nice alternative if you're like me and can't eat before running
    Thanks so much for this one :) Love your stuff

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  26. I tried matcha a while back and hated the taste. I recently found Jade Monk flavored matcha and love it. You might want to check it out. You can find them online.

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  27. Vitamin Green tea is what I take before breakfast every day. I make a smoothie with wild blueberries, fresh ground Flax seed and juice or Diversitea, and add a banana and this is what I have to start my day.

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