Have you heard of matcha green tea? If not, it’s about time you hop on to this energy-packed bandwagon!
Matcha is a finely ground, powdered green tea. This means you’re benefiting from the entire green tea leaf, not just parts like you would get in a regular, full leaf brewed tea. Because of this fine powder, you’re actually consuming the same amount of nutrients you would from 10 cups of regular green tea when you drink only 1 cup of matcha.
In addition to consuming the whole leaf, matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than your average run-of-mill brewed green tea.
Health Benefits of Matcha
1. Packed with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are our body’s secret agents of defense, warding off disease to keep us healthy. The chemical compounds that make up antioxidants help prevent signs of aging and chronic diseases, such as cancer.
2. Aids Wight Loss
Matcha is almost completely calorie free while also boosting metabolism and burning fat – all with one cup!
Matcha can help burn calories up to 4 times faster, increasing your thermogenesis (the rate which your body burns calories) from 8%-10% to a whopping 35%-43%, as shown by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
3. Boosts Energy
Researchers once believed that the caffeine content was the reason for elevated energy levels, but new studies have found that it’s simply matcha’s natural properties, all combined to create a spike of energy.
Another study has also proved that matcha can improve your physical endurance by 24%.
4. Natural Detoxifier
Green plants get their wonderful shades from the component Chlorophyll. This powerful element helps clear the chemicals and heavy metal from your body naturally.
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Since matcha powdered green tea can only be shade-grown, it is significantly higher in chlorophyll than other green teas, making it a great detox tea.
5. Calming Agents to Focus and Relax
Japanese monks have been using matcha for thousands of years as a calming agent, to keep their minds alert, yet relaxed, during meditation.
Recent studies have confirmed their ancient tradition is correct and matcha can wake up the mind while sending calming effects over the body. Unlike coffee which keeps your whole body a little too alert and jittery!
Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation. This rare acid provides alpha waves through the brain, whereas stress can induce beta waves to make you more agitated and excited. These alpha waves cause that alert, yet calm feeling, leaving you at peace to focus without stress.
The Best Part About Matcha, Though?
It’s unique taste will leave you wanting more, and being such a versatile ingredient, you could put it in almost anything.
Some compare their first experience to matcha to their first taste of dark chocolate or red wine – an intense experience resulting in a life-long switch.
As a traditional Japanese tea, you can simply whisk matcha with water to create a full-bodied green tea. Initially vegetal and astringent to the tastebuds, this tea will be followed by a lingering sweetness.
Using matcha as an ingredient, however, can subdue the taste, adding a sweet green tea flavor to your smoothies, lattes, pastries, savory sauces, yogurts… the list could go on forever!
Pair Matcha with Other Superfoods for a Taste of Well Being
Because matcha is so versatile, it’s easy to pair it with other great foods in cooking and baking.
Use this easy matcha ball recipe for a sweet energy boosting snack or dessert! Hint: the almonds will provide you with extra calcium and the coconut oil can help fight viruses and disease with its many medicinal properties.
Try your own superfood pairings with matcha and let us know how your creations turn out!
Mighty Matcha Bliss Balls
What You’ll Need:
1 tbsp matcha powder
½ cup almonds
½ cup mixed seeds (try some chia or hemp seeds for added fiber. Pepitas work great during the fall season as well!)
¼ cup shredded coconut
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup nut butter
¼ tsp vanilla
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1 tsp matcha powder
2 tbsp shredded coconut
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Be sure to keep the extra matcha and shredded coconut on the side – we’ll use these later!
Process until well combined. Once processed, roll the mixture into small balls using your hands.
Place the extra matcha and shredded coconut on a baking sheet or plate. Roll the balls around the extra ingredients to create a thin layer of matcha and coconut.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow balls to set. Once cooled, serve and enjoy the benefits of matcha!
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