I love my coffee and don’t plan on giving it up but adding this green tea to your healthy routine is a must try! There are so many healthy benefits to drinking a matcha that by far surpass a regular cup o’ joe.
No clue what matcha is? No worries, I had no clue either until my foodie friend Allyson Meyler, of reclaiming yesterday, introduced me to this tealicious delight! It’s green, gets you lean, and packs a punch for your health!
So what is Matcha?
Matcha is a concentrated ground form of green tea with origins based in China and Japan. Prior to there being fancy ways to step your leaves it was customary to grind the leaves and then pour hot water over and beat them with a whisk like tool. A Japanese Zen student actually popularized the way of tea wiith a form of ceremonial meditation.The ritual, discipline, and time that its takes to prepare is very important because it coincides with daily life. Making a matcha may be prepared the same way everyday but there are no exact measurements. Every scoop is different, just as each day is different. Preparation takes time and patience just as life does, It allows you to reflect, get centered, find beauty, purity, and harmony in your life. Maybe this is too deep for you but once you make one at home and go through all the steps it starts to make sense. After making them for a while now, I appreciate the time it takes, the temperature of the water, and all the preparation involved.
There are 3 different grades of matcha….Ceremonial, latte, and culinary. You need to know the difference if you plan on buying any. Ceremonial simply means that these were the first leaves picked at harvest. They are the best quality leaves. The second leaves picked go into the latte grade and then lastly the leaves ground for culinary is what you can cook and bake with. Ceremonial is delicious but pricy if you ask me. You have to figure out what is important to you when buying and what suits your needs. I don’t recommend making a tea with culinary grade because it just doesn’t taste the same. I can taste a granular difference.
✅ reduces inflammation: Matcha contains polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and also lowers cholesterol. If you suffer from arthritis or any kind of “itis” you may want to incorporate.
✅speeds up metabolism: A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.
✅super high antioxidants-especially those that fight cancer!
✅detoxifies the body: Naturally occurring presence of chlorophyll actually pulls heavy metals and carcinagens from the body, thus supports a great detox and cleansing program.
✅boosts memory and mental focus
✅boosts immune system!
The Power of Antioxidants
I can’t say enough about them! They are the bodies natural warriors that protect and defend us. The more antioxidants you have the better defense you have free radicals that cause disease and infection. They are amazing and responsible for providing most of the benefits listed above. Green tea, especially matcha, is packed with valuable vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. One of the most valuable being, catechins. This vital antioxidant combats the damage that we are exposed to on a daily basis from our environment. Who knew fighting cancer, UV rays, the build up of brain plaque, weight gain, and inflammation, could be as easy as drinking a cup of delicious frothy green matcha tea regularly.
So don’t just drink green tea, drink a matcha! You will get more bang for you buck! In fact…1 cup of Matcha = 10-12 cups of Green Tea
I suggest finding a local tea shop that can introduce you to it. In my city there aren’t many places to get a matcha but I was in luck when I stumbled into Vida pour Tea one afternoon. There are so many amazing variations that you can enjoy. If you’re a purest then enjoy some ceremonial tea. If you like a latte have it with some frothed almond milk and a vanilla rooibos, or if you like to cook add it to some ice cream or cookies at home. BTW this is a great way to sneak it to your kids! Making it fun and adventuresome makes being healthy easy and taste fantastic too!
Here is my friend Allyson’s recipe that is easy and worth a try!
Maca Matcha Latte
1 scoop collagen peptides (Vital Proteins )
1 tbs MCT oil
Small pinch of salt (optional, makes flavor pop)
1 tsp matcha powder (Encha latte grade is my favorite)
1 tsp maca powder (Navitas Organics – bought at Target)
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup unsweetened hemp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Sweetener of choice (I used a few drops of stevia concentrate – the dark one)
Add collagen powder, MCT oil, and a small pinch of salt to a mug.
Sift maca and matcha powder, scraping it through with the back of a spoon. (This step can be skipped, but helps the matcha and maca not clump, so you’re left with a smoother, creamier latte)
Pour hot water in and stir well. Add warm hemp milk, vanilla extract, sweetener if using, and stir again.
Pour into a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Pour back into your mug and admire your froth, then drink!
Enjoy and nourish yourself happy!!!