Matcha is a magical tea that has become synonymous with healthy living and well-being; it is super on-trend too. What is it about matcha that so many people literally eat or drink up?
Here we spill the tea and share the TRUTH about matcha.
Why should you drink matcha?
Matcha comes from a Camellia Sinensis plant, but because this drink is made from the entire leaf it contains more caffeine than other green teas. Since studies have proved that there are several health benefits associated with matcha, consuming it is a simple and easy way to add powerful health benefits to your daily routine.
Benefits of matcha
Energy WITHOUT crash or jitters
Caffeine in matcha provides a gentle pick up and an extended boost of energy that wears off over time. It contains l-theanine which is an amino acid that helps the body process caffeine in a state of calm alertness.
Matcha has the highest antioxidant rating of all major superfoods.
You may be asking yourself what exactly are antioxidants?
Well, antioxidants are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease. Overall, the more you intake the better equipped your body is to fight against infections and disease.
Anti-acne and anti-aging
In addition, matcha contains numerous antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds which make this drink a great natural alternative to acne creams and anti-aging serums. According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, matcha “can improve inflamed skin, it’s good for exfoliation, and protects the skin from free radical damage… Oh, and apparently, all it takes is as little as one brimming cup a day of the yummy stuff. Not bad, eh?”
Weight loss assistance
Matcha contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which may help prevent certain chronic diseases, reduce inflammation, and aid weight loss. Also, between meals, matcha helps those prone to munchies resist those sneaky snacks that are packed with calories.
Ways to be creative with matcha
Matcha is super popular to drink as tea or as a latte but there are other fun and creative ways to make it happen.
1. Matcha pancakes
These matcha pancakes are not only a gorgeous shade of green, but they are also loaded with nutrients thanks to the matcha powder. It is a delicious and subtle alternative that is definitely worth a try!
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon matcha powder 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup cashew milk 1 tablespoon cashew milk 1 egg 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2. Matcha smoothies
Enjoy this smoothie recipe as an alternative to drinking coffee.
INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon matcha powder 1 frozen bananas 1/2 cup mango chunks 1/2 cup pineapple 1/4 ginger (adds a nice pop of spice!) 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 2 dates (for a neutral flavor)
3. Matcha face mask
Matcha face masks rank high up there among natural skincare products. Also, it does not discriminate. Its acne-fighting properties are gentle enough for younger skin yet its age-defying prowess is strong. It takes little time and effort to see the benefits of matcha.
INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon of matcha 1 tablespoon honey ½ tablespoon coconut oil ½ tablespoon tea tree oil ¼ tablespoon peppermint extract
4. Matcha Lemonade
Ahhhh, that crisp, sweet taste of lemonade. What makes it better? Matcha of course! Matcha lemonade is a refreshing, vibrant, and sweet green version of the classic half tea, half lemonade iced summer drink.
INGREDIENTS: 4 lemons - ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice plus half one lemon for garnish 2 tsp Tenzo Tea organic matcha powder 3/4 cup honey 2 cups hot water 1 quart cold water