Matcha is My Secret Weapon
There is a huge craze around matcha these days, and for good reason. Matcha is a power drink and my secret weapon as a mom (and just a human in general).
A little background
For those who don’t know, matcha is finely ground green tea that originates in Japan and was originally enjoyed by Buddhist monks. While the plant is growing, farmers pull large shades to block the sun which triggers the growth of leaves with a smoother flavour and texture. When ready, workers pick the topmost leaves then steam and dry them to be ground into a very fine powder. Then you have matcha!
What’s so good about it?
As usual, those monks were on to something! They found that after consuming matcha, they experienced a greater sense of clarity and focused attention during meditation. We now know the reason for that is the L-Theanine, an amino-acid present in matcha, promotes a state of calm-alertness. Let me tell you, after my cup of matcha I feel like I can get. stuff. done. Goodbye scatter brain.
Energy for days
Well more like 4-6 hours, but you get my drift. Matcha tea contains less than half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, but delivers an energy boost that lasts far longer, and without the crash you sometimes experience with coffee. It’s like having an IV hooked up to your body, where energy is dripped in slowly so the effects are prolonged. I love it first thing in the morning to start my day, or even as an early afternoon treat to get through the 3 pm slump.
Antioxidants + detox = woo hoo
Unlike regular tea, with matcha you are consuming the entire tea leaf so all of the great nutritional benefits are densely packed into each cup. Matcha is one of the highest dietary sources of antioxidants (more than dark chocolate and goji berries). But why should you care? Well antioxidants are like your body’s own personal secret service, defending against aging and chronic disease. The more you have in your system, the better equipped your body will be to fight against infections and illness.
This stuff can be enjoyed in so many ways, truly it can go in anything! The traditional way to enjoy matcha is whisked into a cup of hot (not boiling!) water. Boiling water can burn your tea, so make sure you let it cool for a few minutes before adding. My favourite way is by shaking it into 1 cup of cold orange juice, or adding it to yogurt and baked goods. I’ve even used it as an ingredient to my own face mask. To quote the legendary Walt Disney (or Blades of Glory if you prefer)… “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Seriously, search matcha on Pinterest and prepare to be amazed.
So many flavours
The best part is matcha comes in several different flavours to suit your tastes. My favourite is vanilla because I find it the most versatile, but I know lots of people who love strawberry and lemon. We currently have about 11 to choose from and there just might be a new flavour coming out in June so stay tuned for that!
Would you like to try matcha? Head over to my site and check it out! I would love to help you choose a flavour you’ll love.
Do you enjoy matcha already or have you heard great things? Comment below to let me know!