Skinny Bites: Green Tea Latte


I usually don’t post looks on Sundays, I just need that day-off, to stay in my sweatpants all day and not have to get ready. Don’t we all?
So I was thinking. What could Sundays be good for? Baking of course! I get so many questions and emails regarding my health, diet plan, etc I’m going to start using Sundays to share the recipes of my favorite things.
Now I know there are a lot of food blogs out there- and they look absolutely delicious. But really… 1 hour prep time, 2 hour cook time- what? Hello? Who really has time for all that? I work full time, am always running late and constantly looking for quickly healthy eats.
So here you have it- the new Sundays- sharing my favorite skinny “bites”: healthy eats for the glamourous girl on the go.

This first post isn’t really an eat but I always get 100s of comments on my instagram when I post pictures of my morning latte. It’s a little different than your typical non fat vanilla from Starbucks. And I make it all at home- in about 5 seconds. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m already 15 minutes late for a meeting and find it necessary to still make one. “But it only takes 5 seconds.” I’ll let you be the judge.


What’s Matcha and why is it different from regular green tea? Matcha is a fine ground, powdered, high quality green tea. Only the finest tea leaved are harvested and picked. Sources say that the majority of the wonderful antioxidants in green tea actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves when you are just using a normal tea bag.
Matcha powder doesn’t come cheap- at Whole Foods you’re looking at $25 for a jar. But you can make at least 15 lattes so when you start adding up your money at the local coffee shop it’s not so much. Plus if you buy online you can get a great deal. Due to the fact that I can never manage to refill something until it’s already empty I usually get mine at Whole Foods in a last minute panic.

What you’ll need: a small blender, microwave
1 serving= one latte

1 large tablespoon full of organic 100% Matcha Green Tea Leaf Powder
1 cup your choice of milk (my option- plain Almond milk)
A pinch of stevia for sweetening

So it’s quite easy but I’ve learned a few valuable tricks along the way I wanted to share with you. Depending on your preference of milk (I usually use original Almond Milk 2/3 and 1/3 water) but if you aren’t looking to cut calories you could go for Whole Milk if you wanted. Heat up the milk to half of your desired latte temperature- microwave works just fine if your in a rush. Stir in one tablespoon full of matcha powder and a sprinkle of stevia for sweetening.
The thing with matcha powder is that is doesn’t fully dissolve easily. They tell you to buy a special “whisker” and whisk it. I tried it. It takes forever. Okay obviously don’t have time for that. So my great option is to pour it in a mini blender for 10 seconds and it blends it perfectly. When you are using hot milk it also makes it frothy- which is key for a great latte and hard to achieve at home.

I pour it in my cup heat it up a little more and ta-da it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Green Tea is a great alternative to coffee. It’s rich in anti-oxidants, with way less caffeine but still enough to give you that morning boost. And stevia is a great option to sugar, but you have to buy 100% stevia leaf. Read ingredients- if it sounds weird, IT IS. I use Trader Joes’s Organic Stevia Extract- it’s my fav.

Let me know how it goes and what you’d like to see next week!

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Skinny Bites: Green Tea Latte



  1. Stephany says:

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to try!

  2. liz says:

    great idea!! I know how you feel I just wanna stay in bed all day…especially a day like today when it’s raining in LA, don’t you hate when that happens?! I am definitely gonna try this recipe!

  3. Sylvia says:

    Great new idea for Sunday posts! Can’t wait to see more recipes since I’m always in a hurry myself and lately I haven’t been eating that great. Last week I bought my first jar of Matcha and so far I’ve just drunk it with juice, but now I’ll try this! Thanks!

  4. Monica says:

    What a great idea!! Definitely have to try this because it seems super healthy! Alrightey I do have some questions: one is where do you get your matcha powder and other question is where do you get your stevia? Please let me know!

  5. Well Living BLog says:

    Oh I love this post Shea ! I am a big fun of teas and dink rice and almond milk for ages so I will definitely try this ! Thank you so much for sharing !

    XX Luba

    Well Living Blog :: goes shopping to Ljubljana

  6. Huyen says:

    that looks so delicious, looking forward to all of your sunday posts :)

  7. Eva Tornado says:

    I agree with you, Shea! I prefer a simple and quickly cooking food, and I have no time to spend it on the kitchen=) Thank you for your recipe!=) Good idea to share your way to cook=)

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  8. Laura says:

    actually I’m really happy and pleased that you’ve decided to make these Sunday posts – can’t wait to see what else do you have up your sleeve.

  9. Lo says:

    That kind of post is great!!! It does change a bit from your usual styling post but change is good! I love your style by the way, and all your LA pictures make me dream! You’re a great blogger! I would be great to do some post about your favourite places in LA, like best coffee shop, best nail salon, best indie store…. Im going to LA soon and i would love to founds some places who aren’t starbucks or juicy couture!

    Lov’ what your doing! Xoxo

  10. Vamessa says:

    yummi! what a great idea to post your receipts!

  11. Caroline says:

    yum yum must be so delicious !!! ♥

  12. Ana says:

    And how much is jar? For us in Europe!


  13. Michelle says:

    I LOVE Matcha! I worked in a few coffee shops during my college career & fell in love with the great flavor of matcha powder vs your regular Green Tea. Yum! I didn’t know Whole Foods sold it so I must plan a trip and get some!

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

  14. I just came to my laptop with a matcha smoothie and saw your post. That is so funny :) I make mine with unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds, 1/4 of frozen banana and 2 frozen strawberries. of course it is little bit more time consuming, but I love it as cold option for hot summer :) I am excited to see your next Sunday post!
    Have a beautiful day!

  15. Bianca L. says:

    I loved this new categorie, keep on doing it!I can’t wait to do this green tea latte :)

  16. Josie says:

    Genius! I love my green tea lattes! This will also cut down the cost of constantly buying them from Starbucks!

  17. Anna says:

    Who would have known you could have a healthy? Great recipe, can’t wait to try this out!

  18. It looks really delicious!!!! I would definitely try to find thie tea!


  19. Chantelle says:

    Ohhhhh I’m saving this! I adore different ways of making green tea. I think I’m going to find this matcha business next time I’m at whole foods.

  20. Kristina says:

    That seriously gives Urth Caffe a run for it’s money. Hope it will cure my coffee addiction!

  21. Michelle Lee says:

    thanks for sharing this recipe!
    love it definitely :)

  22. SarahS says:

    Loving this recipe definetely want to try it! Can’t wait for your upcoming Sunday posts!
    x -S

  23. i always drink matcha with cold water :P i should try out this latte tho! thanks for sharing=]

  24. Samii says:

    Mmm… I want to try this!
    Thanks for sharing :)


  25. Krista says:

    Awesome! I have to try this! Looking forward to the next skinny bites post :)

  26. Isa says:

    This looks delicious! I’ll head over to Amazon now and see if I can find some affordable matcha.

  27. Thank you for cleating up the match residue I kept getting at the bottom of my cup! It’s the blender! I switched to green tea a few months ago and now I can really enjoy it! : )

  28. Nali says:

    Great post! I used to drink green tea lattes almost everyday at starbucks but at $3.55 a pop it adds up quickly. If you live near a Japanese supermarket, you can usually get your matcha cheaper, I think i paid $10.99 for my jar.

    ♥Nali of

  29. Jessie says:

    I love that you’re going to start doing recipes! As a college junior I’m finally getting a grip on being an adult, and I want to start cooking. But I’m also a college junior so I don’t have time, and I don’t have money. Hopefully you’ll be able to give me some good and practical ideas.


  30. Marcela says:

    Hey Shea,

    So you get the Stevia at TJ’s, but what about the tea? What brand do you use? There’s a lot of it being sold as mactha but they are not the real one.

    thank you!

  31. Anna says:

    Great recipe! Thanks

  32. Bonnie says:

    mmmm this looks so good! i love greentea latte! but the ones starbucks have are so loaded with sugar (altho they taste great)
    gonna make my own from now :) love how you put it in a madison jar too ~~

  33. Elena says:

    Hi! I was wondering if youd show us how to make your morning bqnana avocado smoothie. I tried to make it for myself and though it was quite tasting I had to figure out the portions and substitute some ingedients with what I had available at home. I think you are quite smart and I always love your photos!

  34. Elena says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you could post your banana and avocado smoothie, I tried to make it for myself but had to figure out the amounts and though it was quite tasting Im pretty sure I missed smtg! I think youre really smart and I love your photos.

  35. Elena says:

    I was just wondering if you could post your banana.and avocado smoothie recipe. I tried it but Im pretty sure I missed smtg. Thanks!

  36. Giulia says:

    I tried this yesterday morning and it was delicious, I think this will become my must have at morning :D

  37. Anonymous says:

    love it.. sweets or cupcakes next :)

  38. Elizabeth says:

    This looks amazing! What brand do you use? They didn’t have any at my Whole Foods today and when I do a web search it’s endless! Thanks Shea!

  39. Jade says:

    I just tried this recipe this morning and it was SO good. Thank you soooo much for the wonderful recipe. It was incredibly simple and quick. I actually enjoy it better than a Green Tea Latte from Starbucks. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!! xoxo

  40. Jo Ann says:

    Can honey be used instead of Stevia in order to sweeten the Latte? I generally use Raw honey when I can find it, if not I use store bought.

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