Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe
I wanted to give you guys my green tea frappuccino recipe because it’s something I drink and enjoy almost every afternoon for both the taste, the health benefits and the energy boost. I’m a long time fan of tea (some would call me obsessed if you saw my tea collection 🙂 ), but this matcha green tea frappuccino recipe holds a particularly special place in my heart.
If you haven’t tried matcha yet, you are in for a real treat with this green tea frappuccino recipe. Not only is it super refreshing, but it comes loaded with health benefits (some even say it’s THE superfood of superfoods!). My husband and I can both testify that it will give you lasting energy (with no jitters or insulin spikes) for about 3 to 4 hours. We swear by it!
What is Matcha Green Tea?
If you’ve never heard of matcha, it’s the powder of finely milled green tea. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.
You can find matcha prices range anywhere from $5 all the way up to $80+, depending on the quality and where it was grown. The higher the quality, the more smooth and naturally sweet (no bitterness) and also the more vibrant the green color. I have tried all different kinds of matcha over the years, ranging from low end to high end.
I found that particular matcha green tea is a good quality without spending a fortune. It’s organic, grown in Japan and has a very pleasant, mild taste, all of which are important to me in a matcha. One bag lasts me a little over 1 month (that’s with 2 people drinking it almost every day out of the month).
Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea:
One of the benefits matcha is most known for is it’s extremely high antioxidant level. In fact, matcha contains up to 137 times more of the antioxidant EGCG than steeped green tea and has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) counts of all the ‘super-foods’ presently known to us! ORAC is a method of measuring antioxidant capacity and matcha has been quoted to score 1384 TE/g, which is more than Acai berries (1027 TE/g) and far more than blueberries (24 TE/g).
Antioxidants are extremely important especially in this day and age because they help the body eliminate free radicals/toxins that destroy our healthy tissue and play a large part in the development of degenerative diseases. Antioxidants also play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
One serving of matcha provides about 35 mg of caffeine, which is less than the average cup of coffee (80-120mg). But the caffeine in matcha is a assimilated in a much healthier way than coffee due to the unique combination of phyto-nutrients in matcha. The molecules are released into the bloodstream very slowly, resulting in sustained energy for 3 to 4 hours. This prevents the insulin and adrenalin spikes that happen during coffee intake. You’ll also never experience that coffee blood sugar drop when you drink matcha!
L-Theanine is the primary amino acid component of matcha. The relaxing effects of L-Theanine act against the stimulatory effects of caffeine so you won’t ever experience caffeine jitters. Instead, you’ll notice a calm alertness, relaxed mental clarity and sustained energy that lasts 3 to 4 hours. We swear by this!
BOOSTS METABOLISM AND AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that matcha produces a significant boost in metabolism, combined with a significant effect on fat oxidation.
“While some of the effects were originally attributed to the caffeine content in green tea, the researchers discovered that the matcha green tea effects on energy and weight loss go beyond those that would be caused by the caffeine,” says White. “In fact, they found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8 to 10 percent of daily expenditure to between 35 and 43 percent of daily expenditure.” In other words, matcha increases your body’s ability to burn fat and calories by 4 times!
Another medical study determined that drinking a cup of Matcha Green Tea before physical activity resulted in 25% more fat burning during the activity.
An important note is the fact that none of the research subjects reported any side effects and no significant differences in heart rates were noticed. “In this respect, matcha green tea is different from some of the prescription drugs for obesity, and products like ephedra, which can raise heart rates and blood pressure….” says White.
There are many more health benefits of matcha green tea powder like cleansing and detoxifying the blood, enhancing athletic performance, relieving rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis pain, reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease, cancer and more.
Now here’s my beloved Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe – I hope you love it and notice the wonderful health benefits and energy as much as we have!
Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe:
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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