When I am hungry and it isn’t meal time, I sometimes choose to consume something to take the edge off my hunger, but that will allow me to be hungry at mealtime. Here are a few of my choices.
Matcha latte: Matcha is a great choice if you want something warm in your belly, a calm energy and a bit of a metabolism boost. Read my notes about matcha below. I often start my morning with a matcha latte, but it also makes a satisfying, nutritious afternoon snack. It can be consumed hot or cold. To make it hot, I microwave about a cup of milk in a large mug for 1 minute, 20 seconds. I’m lactose intolerant, so I usually use almond/coconut milk, or sometimes soy milk or a combination of the two. I add a bit of honey or maple syrup to it, less than a teaspoon, but you can use the amount you like or none at all. While that’s warming, I heat water to 175 degrees (I love my Breville electric tea kettle!) and put around 3/4 t. of matcha in a small glass measuring cup, and fill it with around 1/2 cup of the heated water. Then I whisk the matcha until frothy, and use my Aerolatte to make my milk foamy. Pour the matcha liquid into the mug of milk and enjoy! Matcha can also be consumed without milk.
For an iced matcha latte, add the matcha to the milk in a Mason jar with any sweetener, put a lid on securely, and shake until dissolved. Drink straight or pour over ice.
A note about matcha: Matcha is a high quality, finely ground green tea that is consumed in powdered form so the whole leaf is ingested. Consequently, it is a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea.
Matcha has considerable health benefits, as it is one of the best sources of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect us against heart disease and cancer, help reduce blood pressures, regulate blood sugar and they have anti-aging benefits. Although matcha contains a fair amount of caffeine, it creates an “alert calm” due to its high content of a natural amino acid called l-theanine. It is a little pricey.
There are numerous matcha products on the market, and the quality varies wildly. My favorite is Encha matcha, which can be purchased at encha.com. I buy the latte grade. I also love Arbor Tea and Mem Tea, including their matchas. Ceremonial grade is for drinking straight, and cooking grade is for, well, cooking! Nowadays, matcha is being used in all kinds of recipes, giving foods a lovely green color!
Chai: Like matcha, this can be really comforting and filling. I like the taste of chai even better. I warned you that I was a food flavor snob, so I’ll tell you that there are three “levels” of what might be considered chai. I’ll explain from the best to the worst.
I'm passionate about helping foodies learn how to drop their excess for good without dieting. I help you discover what is really causing your weight problem (it isn't that you love food!), fix it at the source, and teach you how to enjoy the foods you love while permanently losing your desire to overeat. I'd love to teach my method to you! I’m also a gourmet cook and baker who struggled with my weight for 40 years before discovering the secret of how to stop emotional eating and overeating. I am a certified life coach, arbitrator and mediator, and I live on the coast of Maine.