You're standing in line at Starbucks with 10 minutes of your lunch break to spare. You're hankering for a pick-me-up, something caffeinated, but healthy...sweet, but...healthy. Something...green.
Green is healthy, right? Green tea! Matcha green tea!
Green tea is healthier than coffee...and, zen! And make it with soy milk!
You smile to yourself.
You are a healthy genius.
You are going to look amazing in those booty shorts this summer.
You hide a self-satisfied guffaw at the sorry customer ahead of you who orders a caramel frappuccino, with whipping cream. The horrror.
You order your tower of iced green tea creaminess. You arrive back to your desk. You feel a rush of matcha energy. You are the master of matcha, you are the queen of Starbucks, you are...sugar crashing.
As it turns out, your tall Starbucks iced green tea latte with soy milk contains a whopping 49 grams of sugar and 290 calories*.
But it gets worse:
At Second Cup, your 12 fl. oz skim milk matcha green tea latte clocks in at 33 grams of sugar and 188 calories**.
At Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, your matcha ice-blended drink contains 45.6 grams of sugar and 317 calories**.
Let's be clear: 45 grams of sugar is more sugar than a Dunkin' Donuts glazed donut and small Coke combined!
Hey, don't blame matcha
Matcha green tea powder itself is pretty harmless stuff: Zero sugar, about 3 calories per serving, about 40mg of caffeine per cup (half that of a cup of coffee), and chock full of amino acids and antioxidants.
Still, Starbucks, Second Cup, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and other chain coffee shops are exceedingly clever in finding ways to pack as many calories, fillers, and of course, sweetness into our drinks as possible - all under the guise of harmless, healthy matcha green tea powder. For shame!
Behold, Maru's Iced Matcha Latte!
Not only does this homemade version contain a mere fraction of the sugar and calories in a store-bought iced matcha latte, but it's also a hell of a lot cheaper!
Maru's Iced Matcha Latte
1 cup of ice
2 teaspoons of Maru Matcha No.5 Green Kitchen or No.4 Electric Body and Mind Organic Uji Matcha
1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy works, but we love rice milk)
1 teaspoon of grade B maple syrup
Dump all ingredients into a blender, and blend to perfection.
This recipe also tastes amazing with a dash of lemon or a couple sprigs of mint in the mix. As always, use your imagination, and share your creations with us!
Here's the bonus of our little homemade iced matcha latte insurrection: using grade B maple syrup gives your iced matcha latte an added pinch of useful minerals, like zinc, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
And here I am, laughing all the way into my booty shorts...
*Information from Starbucks' website
**Information from Calorie King