If you haven’t heard of matcha then you must be living under a rock… it’s the latest super food trend! Shots of the drink were even the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week. I first heard of matcha last year when my go-to drink at Starbucks was a green tea latte… until I saw how much milk they used. I tried it with soy and almond milk but I just didn’t like it the same. I was missing that matcha flavor but never really thought to buy my own until a friend of mine made it for herself at home. I’ve been hooked since!
Matcha literally means ‘powdered tea’. With traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water and the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves that are ground down into a fine powder and mixed into hot water. It’s said to be significantly higher in antioxidants and chlorophyll than other forms of green tea because of this.
Benefits of Matcha
- Antioxidants – it contains antioxidant levels 6.2x that of goji berries, 7x that of dark chocolate, 17x that of wild blueberries and 60.5x that of spinach!
- Fiber – the leaves contain a high level of easily absorbable dietary fiber.
- Boosts Weight Loss – drinking matcha tea can improve both your resting metabolic rate and your fat burning rate.
- Lowers LDL Cholesterol – the bad kind of cholesterol
- Cancer Prevention – the most powerful catechin found in matcha is it’s EGCG, which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen
- Memory Improvement – it increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, both great for helping your mind.
- It contains Vitamin C, potassium, and amino acids, including L-Theanine, which is said to promote relaxation and calm.
- Increased Energy – matcha tea contains a healthy form of caffeine, different than what is found in coffee. This caffeine, known as theophylline, helps you keep your energy up without the crash.
The flavor of matcha is somewhat grassy, earthy, and slightly sweet. It can be used as a tea but also in smoothies, lattes, ice cream, puddings… just about anything!
Matcha Chia Seed Pudding -> I wanted it to come out much more green. Not only does this make an easy to grab breakfast, but also a delicious snack!
Now that you know some of the amazing benefits of matcha, I challenge you to have it in some form at least once this week!
Have you heard of matcha? Do you like it?