This simple recipe will have you enjoying an iced matcha latte beverage in the comfort of your home at a fraction of the cost. And better yet, it’s packed with plant-based protein, healthy fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, perfect any time of the day.
Okay, so I’m just not ready to let go of summer just yet. I’m enjoying as many iced beverages as I can and not planning to pull out those Fall clothes until I absolutely have to. You have to realize that summer is literally the best time of the year here in Seattle. Once Fall settles in, there are a lot of gray skies. And rain. Yes, the rain. For about 6 months straight (I’m still recovering from last year, can you tell?).
The Benefits of Matcha
While matcha is pretty trendy right now, it also comes with many key benefits that make it an enticing drink of choice. Matcha comes with a number of nutritious benefits, including antioxidants, chlorophyll, and minerals. The amino acid (L-theanine) offers a calming effect on the mind and is known to increase dopamine, serotonin, and GABA levels in the brain. All of these elements together promote mental clarity and focus, making it the perfect beverage to enjoy early morning or late afternoon.
If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you know how much I adore my morning matcha ritual. It’s usually how I start a majority of my days after a glass of warm lemon water. Matcha has been my favorite go-to beverage for about a year now. Matcha green tea has made its way to a secure a spot on many coffee shop menus as a tasty caffeinated alternative to coffee. You can enjoy it hot or cold, but those $5 matcha lattes can quickly add up and start making a dent in your wallet. A simple matcha latte is also one of the easiest beverages to make, averaging a few minutes, especially if you use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix.
Upgrade to Vitamix A3500
Speaking of high-speed blenders, I recently had the opportunity to upgrade my Vitamix 5200, which I’ve had for about 5 years now, to a stunning new Vitamix A3500. Note that my old Vitamix has been my favorite device in the kitchen. So I didn’t really know what to expect with the fancier A3500.
The short answer: I went from using my Vitamix once a day to about 3-4 times a day. If I already didn’t love my Vitamix enough, I think the new one just took it to an entirely new level.
The long answer: while both are machines are solid and perform beautifully and efficiently, the A3500 comes with a number bells and whistles that make it a lot more convenient to use, clean and store. I no longer have to store my containers in a different part of the kitchen because they won’t fit on my kitchen countertop (due to the height). I can also hit one of the pre-programmed buttons (Smoothie, Soup, Clean) and walk away from my device while it does its own thing. And thanks to the Clean button, I just had to pour a little water, a pump of soap, and let the Vitamix do all the dirty work, and then just rinse.
While both are great, efficient devices, the A3500 comes with bells and whistles that make it a lot more convenient to use, clean and store. I no longer have to store my containers in a different part of the kitchen because they won’t fit on my kitchen countertop (due to the height). I can also hit one of the pre-programmed buttons (Smoothie, Soup, Clean) and walk away from my device while it does its own thing. And thanks to the Clean button, I just had to pour a little water, a pump of soap, and let the Vitamix do all the dirty work, and then just rinse.
Iced Hemp Matcha Latte Recipe
This quick and easy recipe takes a fraction of the time it takes to drive to your favorite coffee shop, find parking (which is a challenge of its own living in a bigger city), place your order, and wait for it to be served. Sounds like a heck of a deal to me! The best part: you choose your ingredients and their quality. You can invest in a high-quality matcha tea and use other clean ingredients. If you use my method, you don’t even need a fancy bamboo whisk. All you need is:
- matcha green tea
- hemp seeds (my little delightful bonus packed with so many nutrients!)
- coconut butter (optional)
- a sweetener (optional)
The Vitamix quickly (less than 30 seconds) turns it into silky smooth and frothy beverage, which tastes just perfect over ice. It’s different from most other recipes out there as it’s packed with additional benefits from the hemp seeds, which contains 10g of plant-based protein, 13g of healthy fats, and 3g of fiber in a 3 tablespoon serving.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
As always, if you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Just tag your photos to #realandvibrant on Instagram. There’s truly nothing that inspires me more than seeing you guys trying out the recipes I post. Have a beautiful day!