Matcha is powdered green tea traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. So what’s the fuss about it now and why is it becoming more popular?
- It’s more nutritionally potent than regular green tea.
When steeping regular green tea, you only get a small percentage of nutritional benefits and the rest is thrown away. With Matcha, you are consuming the whole leaf, and therefore get 100% of the benefits.
- It’s naturally high in antioxidants, chlorophyll and fibre.
Hello, natural detox. Hello healthy!
- It’s free from sugar.
Less than 3 calories per serve!
- It’s fun to prepare.
Traditionally, you use a bamboo whisk to froth the tea to perfection.
- It contains caffeine that causes sustained focus and energy.
Huh? Apparently as your body digests it, it has none of the usual regular side effects that caffeine in coffee causes – goodbye jitter highs and mood crashes! *
- It speeds up your metabolism and aids in weight loss.
And yet it doesn’t promote the production of cortisol, your body’s stress and fat storage hormone. *
- You can use it as an ingredient to cook with.
And boost the nutritional super powder of your recipes – green tea cake, cookies and chocolate all become a little healthier, right??
* These guys explain these points in more depth!
And yes, I’ve tried it, and it’s not bad! A little more bitter than a regular cup of green tea, but then again, it’s more potent so it’s to be expected. You can always add a natural sweetener to taste (never use artificial sweetener).
I’m going to experiment and try to make some Matcha green tea chocolate sometime soon … stay tuned for the results (let’s hope it’s a success and not a mess!)