Looking for a low-carb caffeine buzz without any of the jitters from coffee?
Sometimes, a cup of coffee (or two) is the perfect thing to get you going in the morning.
But coffee has a lot of caffeine, and some people don't like to drink it black. So if you're sensitive to stimulants or don't want to add a bunch of sugar to your drink, you're probably better off looking for another way to get your fix.
That's where this low-carb whipped matcha recipe comes in!
With only 45 calories per serving, 1.5 grams of net carbs, and loads of health benefits, we won't be surprised if this becomes your new go-to morning drink.
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Egg whites
- Lemon juice
- Granulated monk fruit sweetener
- Vanilla almond milk
- Collagen peptides
Ingredient Spotlight: Matcha
Never had (or heard of) matcha tea before? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's a quick rundown as well as all the health benefits!
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea from eastern Asia. The tea leaves are dried and ground into a fine powder, then mixed into hot and cold beverages.
One of the things that sets matcha powder apart from other teas is that the leaves are protected from sunlight. This helps preserve their amino acid content, meaning more powerful nutrients wind up in your drink [*].
(See below for more health benefits!)
Types of Matcha
There are different types of matcha tea that you'll find at stores or coffee shops, categorized by grade. They are [*]:
- Ceremonial grade matcha: This is "top shelf" matcha tea, if you will. It's the highest quality and made using only young tea leaves, meaning it offers the most antioxidants and other benefits. But this also means it costs more than culinary grade.
- Culinary grade matcha: Culinary grade matcha can be consumed in a beverage, but is better suited as an additive or ingredient in foods. There are 5 subgrades contained with "culinary" grade: premium, cafe, ingredient, kitchen, and classic. The first two on the list, premium and cafe, are still of high enough quality that they can stand alone in a beverage.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Here are some of the specific health benefits of matcha tea:
- Helps reduce stress
- Packed with polyphenols and flavonoids (powerful antioxidants that can help ward off disease) [*]
- Loaded with amino acids
- Contains vitamins A, C, and iron [*][*]
- Low in calories
In general, the benefits of green tea are well-documented and diverse. That's why it's been used for medicinal and health purposes in Asian countries for thousands of years [*].
We hope you love this recipe!
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Whipped Matcha Recipe
- Yield: 1
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 0 minutes
- 2 egg whites, room temperature
- 3-4 drops lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon granulated monk fruit (or sugar-free sweetener of choice)
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder (ceremonial or culinary grade)
- 4 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can substitute any plant-based milk)
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- Place the egg whites into a clean bowl and whip with an electric hand mixer/beater until foamy. Add the lemon juice and whip until soft peaks form.
- Add the monk fruit and whip until medium peaks form.
- Add the matcha and whip until well incorporated.
- Pour the cold almond milk into a glass. If using collagen peptides, whisk in at this time (great for a protein boost!).
- Spoon the whipped matcha over the almond milk.
- Stir most of the whipped matcha into the milk, but leave a little to eat with a spoon. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (without optional collagen):
- Fat: 1g
- Protein: 7.5g
- Total Carbohydrates: 1.5g
- Fiber: 0g
- Sugar Alcohols: 0g
- Net Carbs: 1.5g
- Fat: 20%
- Protein: 67%
- Carbohydrates: 13%