Drink a hot cup of green tea. We've been hearing for years that it is rich in antioxidants and research has shown it to be good for the heart by helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, among other benefits.

Enter matcha tea: a finely ground powder and more potent version of green tea. It is more potent because you are actually consuming the leaves compared to drinking a cup of steeped green tea. If you see a green muffin, doughnut, or slice of bread at a coffee shop lately, it was probably naturally colored with matcha.

Here are 6 recipes for incorporating matcha into your daily life. Keep in mind, the caffeine is more concentrated and potent too!

1) Matcha Green Tea Ice Latte

Whisk milk, matcha, hot water, and honey together for a quick pick-me-up to start the day.

2) Delicious Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino(R)

Why stop at the coffee shop when you can make your own Frappuccino(R)?

3) Morning Matcha Smoothie

Matcha and another secret ingredient make this a green smoothie...a quick and easy meal in the morning.

4) Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add a little color to your white chocolate chip cookies and impress your family and friends with a naturally green dessert!

5) 123 Green Tea Ice Cream

Two ingredients are all you need to make green tea ice cream.