Replace your coffee habit with a matcha latte habit!

Replace your coffee habit with a matcha latte habit

I have a new appreciation for food stylists. I tried to make this iced matcha latte look great but failed. The point is, matcha tea tastes great and is really good for you. It has the highest amount of antioxidants, which fight cancer, of any known food or beverage on the planet.

In the bestseller, “The Power of Habit,” author Charles Duhigg tells you how to replace bad habits with good ones. At the opening of the book, he tells the story of how a young woman, Lisa Allen, who was obese, a smoker, drinker, in debt and had never held the same job for more than a year, lost 60 pounds, stopped smoking, got a good job that she stayed in, paid off her debt, bought a house and started a Master’s program—all of which started with her becoming a runner. Exercise is considered a “keystone” habit that often causes a domino effect in which various bad habits are replaced with good ones. Anyway. Basically, any new, healthier habit you want to adopt has to offer a reward that is gratifying enough to make the habit stick. So, to replace the unhealthy habit of drinking coffee (which makes your body acidic, and the reason this is bad is because cancer thrives in an acidic environment) with the new, healthier habit of drinking matcha tea, you will likely need more of a reward than just the knowledge that you’re doing something that is good for your health. Matcha tea also offers caffeine, which is part of what will make it rewarding and addictive to most newcomers, but the final piece is taste: the tea has to taste good in order for it to be habit-forming. And to me, the best way to make matcha tea taste good is to make it an iced latte:

1. Put 1 teaspoon of matcha tea powder into a glass or mug.

2. Add a 1/4 cup of near-boiling water.

3. Use a bamboo whisk to stir the tea. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes (so that the catechins, which provide the anti-cancer benefits, are released).

4. Add unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or soy milk (when combined with soy, matcha tea has even greater anti-cancer properties; I use a combination of soy and almond milk) and ice. If you have to, add a teaspoon of acacia honey, which has a lower glycemic index than regular honey or sugar.

Matcha tea isn’t cheap, but it probably costs less than what you spend per month at Starbucks (“Fourbucks”). Here’s where I buy it:

Link to “The Power of Habit”: