I’m sure that pretty much, all of us are familiar with the benefits of Green Tea, but when I learned about Matcha, I understood that this was something else, it is green tea on steroids!
Matcha is unique to Japan and it is well known for its many health benefits, since it’s rich in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and chlorophyll. Matcha Tea includes the whole leaf that have been pulverized into a super fine powder, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
Matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. While its caffeine level is higher than regular green tea, it’s still lower than coffee. Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation, as matcha’s amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time.
There are different grades of Matcha, some are used only for drinking and others are used only for baking and cooking. If you want to drink it, make sure you find the Ceremony-grade, since it’s considered higher quality.
For some of us Matcha could be something new, we really didn’t grow up watching our mothers whisk a bowl of Matcha on the kitchen counter. But if we think of the benefits that it provides and understand how Matcha is a flexible ingredient that works hot, cold, sweet and savory. It really can suit any lifestyle. And with 137 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea bags, matcha tea offers a mega infusion of anti-aging nutrients in every sip (or bite.).
Amongst its many health benefits, here are some of the best:
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
If that got you motivated, and you like experimenting new things in the kitchen, I invite you to discover the versatility of Matcha with these mouth watering Matcha recipes:
This matcha yogurt breakfast bowl is extremely nourishing, quick to prepare, light, delicious and pleasing to the eye.
This latte is super easy. No fancy barista skills or equipment are required. This is a yummy frothy mug of health that’s vibrant green without dye.
This super soft and fluffy fudge is perfect for tea and dessert lovers. Only 150 calories for three pieces of fudge. Plus, 4g of filling fiber and 11g of complete protein. How can you say not to this?
This yummy hot cakes have a hint of floral bitterness that is the perfect foil for creamy butter and a big drizzle of syrup. Delicious and healthy, what a perfect combination!
Get a super dose of nutrients and antioxidants with this refreshing blended drink. It is refreshing and very easy to prepare. Pefect for the summer!
This cupcake is gorgeously browned and crunchy on the outside but moist and chewy on the inside. You really can’t go wrong with these cupcakes!
These little bites are perfect if you’re having chocolate cravings. I highly recommend these little bites of joy.
Take a look at this mini Matchamisu, or matcha tiramisu. Don’t eat too many of these delicious treats if you are sensitive to caffeine.
These are a refreshing and deliciously chewy experience. The fact that they’re made with yogurt makes them a perfectly acceptable breakfast!
Mixed with a cup of berries, this breakfast packs a major antioxidant punch–not to mention calcium, protein, and healthy fat from the chia seeds. What an energizing way to start your day!
11. Matcha Macarons
These Macarons are delicious and very easy to make!
Great option when you’re craving dessert and if you use coconutsugar or agave, the cake will be slightly sweet.
Green tea ice cream is one of the most common ways you’ll see matcha used. Forego the usual dairy-and-sugar and calorie filled bomb with this recipe that uses coconut and almond milks to create a creamy base.
14. Matcha Truffels
Matcha Truffles with a sprinkle of red from intense flavors from freeze-dried raspberries.
This is a very innovative way to use matcha. In this recipe, sushi rice gets great upgrade byadding rice vinegar, matcha powder, cilantro and black sesame seeds. The result is a healthy and super flavorful!
As you can see, Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet. Let us know what you think of these easy to make Matcha recipes, and also, feel free to share any other recipes that you know.
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