Move over green tea; step aside kale smoothies; there's a new emerald "it" drink in town. Unlike most teas, matcha is ground from green tea leaves and is blended into water (rather than steeped). It's "green tea on steroids," says N.Y.C. nutritionist Brooke Alpert. With 10x more antioxidants than traditional green tea along with vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron, matcha can "help protect the skin from sun damage and fight signs of aging," says integrative doctor Frank Lipman.
Consider swapping this for your coffee, "it provides an energy boost without the espresso jitters," says L.A. nutritionist Christine Avanti. Also, "it's a lot less acidic and irritating for the stomach," says Lipman.
While it can be dusted on everything from ice cream to oatmeal, we like it as a satisfying latte in the AM. Mix 1/2 cup of hot milk, 1/2 cup of hot water, and 1 tsp matcha powder and whisk until frothy. On the go? We're loving DavidsTea portable matcha maker ($35; davidstea.com) that allows you to shake the liquid into a bubbly foam.