A couple of months ago, I was at Starbucks in an airport on my way to Florida and wanted to order something different from my regular iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel (super healthy right?). I quickly opened safari on my phone and searched for “Healthy Alternatives for coffee at Starbucks.” One of the first results that came up was their Iced Green Tea Matcha Latte and how it was the new craze because it had almost as much caffeine as a shot of espresso (not to mention as much caffeine as my normal order!). The line was moving forward fast so I had to make a split second decision on whether or not I wanted to try something new. I ended up ordering it and when they called my name when my drink was ready, I was nervous because I didn’t know if I had paid for something that I was going to hate and have to throw away, or if I ordered something that I would actually like and want to drink. After I took the first sip, my life changed forever… okay, not really but I was amazed by how delicious the drink was, that I convinced my brother-in-law to get the same thing. Fast forward a couple of months and still to this day, that is the only drink that I order a Starbucks because of how delicious it is! Matcha tea is also very good for you because of all the vitamins and antioxidants that it contains. Unfortunately, being a college student with a low-income doesn’t allow me to be able to go to Starbucks and order this drink every day, although I wish I could. So, I decided to try to come up with an alternative that was simple and easy, and something that I could make at home that was cheaper than buying directly from Starbucks. This 2-Minute recipe contains only 2 ingredients and costs less than $1 (per cup) to make compared to the $4.50 that you would spend at Starbucks.
- 1-2 teaspoons of Nature’s Truth Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk (or Unsweetened depending on preference)
- Whisk (or whisk attachment for a mixer)
- ½ a cup of Ice
- Grab your favorite cup or tumbler from your cabinet.
- Measure out 1 cup of almond milk and pour into your cup.
- Measure out 1 to 2 teaspoons (depending on how much caffeine you prefer) of your Matcha Green Tea Powder and pour on top of the almond milk.
- Whisk together the powder and the almond milk for one minute until the powder is dissolved.
- I recommend using the whisk attachment for a mixer in order to blend the ingredients together to create a better result.
- Add ½ a cup of ice to keep your drink cold
- I honestly don’t use ice all the time because the drink is already cold from the milk being in the refrigerator.
There you go! A simple and easy way to make a healthy alternative to coffee. This is my go-to drink whenever I am in need of caffeine, or if I want something refreshing to drink throughout the day.