Health Corner: Coconut Milk Matcha Tea

: April Federico, Herald Reporter

As we approach the end of the semester (can you believe it?), we look to beverages like coffee to keep us awake and functioning. However, as many health benefits as coffee may have, sometimes it’s just not enough to keep us going. Sure, it wakes you up and makes you more alert, but its cousin, tea, can do the same and can make you more relaxed instead of anxious and jittery. 
 
Matcha tea has been around for centuries and is especially popular in Japan, where it originated. Now, it is making a comeback as one of the most popular hot beverages. Starbucks and other coffee places on campus don’t sell this kind of tea, and if you don’t want to schlep all the way to Thames Street or Hope Street to get one, you can make one right in the comfort of your own apartment or common area! Here’s how:
 

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon matcha powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 cup coconut milk

¼ cup water

Instructions:

Step 1: Boil water in a kettle then set aside.

Step 2: Heat up coconut milk with the coconut oil. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 3: Add matcha powder into the bottom of a mug and pour in the water. Whisk the tea until the powder dissolves.

Step 4: Use an electric milk frother to mix up the coconut milk to froth it up. Pour the coconut milk over the matcha.

Step 5: Pour into your favorite mug, find a cozy place to sit, relax, and enjoy!