What’s your Matcha missing Missy?
First of all, what IS Matcha?
Well, it’s green tea, but it’s green tea on steroids! One cup of Matcha is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of green tea and has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. I guess that explains why it’s so darn expensive!
Some health benefits of Matcha… (Gee, I just had my morning cup of black tea, but now I want to make some Matcha!)
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- 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
So, what’s going on with that caffeine level anyway?
I’ve read because you are getting the whole leaf there is more caffeine than green tea, but just closer to black tea and not as high as coffee.
One of the most unexpected health benefits of matcha tea, is that drinkers experience a boost of energy throughout the day. In one study, researchers had thought that this was from the caffeine in matcha, but they found that it was actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties. Another recent study found that matcha even improved physical endurance by 24%.
How I like to prepare my Matcha…
Heat some water of course… (and not in the microwave, do people still use those deadly contraptions?)
Add a teaspoon of Matcha powder.
Add a ‘milk’… almond, coconut, lemongrass infused hemp milk, whatever strikes your fancy.
Add a dash or more if you are adventurous of CAYENNE! Hate cayenne? How about cinnamon?
A little kick of flavor! As Emeril LaGasse would say BAM!
Yours in tea and other beverages,
Christina Martin, L.Ac.
Tao to Wellness
Berkeley, CA 94710