Benefits of Drinking Matcha

 

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I recently switched over from drinking coffee every morning to now drinking Matcha Tea because depending on the type of coffee I can get jittery or feel anxiety. I switched to drinking green tea because I’ve heard that it was healthier but I still missed that energy burst caffeine provided me. I’m a fan of green tea but today I’m going to talk about Matcha!

Did you know that one serving of Matcha Tea has the equivalent nutritional value of 10 cups of regularly brewed Green Tea? Say what? Not only that, it has 137 times more antioxidants than regular Green Tea! Matcha contains “chlorophyll” the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature color which happens to also be a powerful detoxifier. Chlorophyll helps to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. I think I’ve found something! So…

Amongst its many health benefits, matcha

  • Is packed with antioxidants
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

 

When I heard about Matcha Tea, I was very intrigued but didn’t know where to start. It’s actually super easy to find at any health food store now but in order to get that sweet and frothy matcha goodness,  you’re going to want to go with a high-grade “ceremonial” powder such as Ippodo Tea

You will also need to purchase a Chasen Matcha Tea Set to mix the powder and water in and make the tea. I love shopping for pretty handmade ceramic bowls to mix my Matcha in which you can find on Etsy, Flea Markets, or your local artists!

You can make traditional matcha tea by sifting 1–2 teaspoons of matcha powder into a cup, adding 2 ounces of hot water and mixing it together with a bamboo whisk otherwise known as a chashaku. If you’re feeling creative, you can even try whipping up matcha lattes, puddings or protein smoothies to boost the nutrient content of your favorite recipes. I love me a nice toasty Matcha Almond Milk Latte so here’s a quick recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 4 oz hot (almost boiling) water
  • 8 oz almond milk
  • maple syrup, sugar, honey, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • If you are using a bamboo whisk, soften the tines by soaking in hot water. A metal whisk also works.
  • Place one teaspoon matcha green tea powder in a bowl.
  • Pour hot water over matcha and whisk vigorously until frothy. Using a “W” motion helps.
  • Heat your milk (I like almond or soy milk. Coconut milk is good, too, but I have found it does not froth up as nicely) to 140°F – 160°F on the stove top  and use a whisk to froth — I like to use an electric milk frother.
  • Sweeten to taste with maple syrup, honey, or sugar.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

 

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