Matcha bowls, matcha milk, matcha muffins... everywhere you turn these days matcha is sneaking onto menus. And that my friends, is glorious.
This green and ground up beauty is high in antioxidants, which are believed to fight cancer. Studies show that matcha boosts memory and concentration, increases energy and endurance AND burns calories. Yes please! On top of that, it detoxifies the body and calms the mind. The unique process from which it is made makes it extremely rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. Talk about one stop shopping for a whole lot of goodness.
It's got culture and personality to match the benefits. In Japanese,“ma” means powder and “cha” means tea.... matcha literally translates to powdered tea. The Buddhists are credited with growing the plant in the shade to maximize the therapeutic benefits. Preparation also receives great care as the loose powder is combined with hot water using a special whisk to slowly blend it. This is believed to be a meditative, calming process. Quality nutrients and cultural history.... love.
Now, before you go sprinting to the nearest coffee shop to start hopping around like a calorie burning, peacefully calm, energizer bunny.... fair warning: even though matcha is easy to find, many places use matcha mixes. Which is a combination of sugar and matcha. It saves on cost and preparation for the establishment but you're missing out on all the goodness and risking an impending sugar crash. At Starbucks, their venti matcha green tea latte has 43grams of sugar. Do your homework people.
Like most recipes shared, I highly recommend you test ratios. I don't like specific measurements- it limits creativity. I much prefer gauging and testing to see what works for me.
We already reviewed the benefits of matcha- but in addition this adds protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
This is a go-to before a workout or long stretch of meetings. It keeps me "in the zone."
This green gem is gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and simple!
Matcha Nutritious Smoothie
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 heaping teaspoon of green matcha tea powder (to flavor)
8 ounces of almond milk
1 cup of fresh spinach
1 teaspoon of flaxseed meal
Combine the matcha powder and almond milk in a blender (I use a Ninja) until there are no powdered clumps.
Add the banana and flaxseed meal.
Once a smooth consistency, add the spinach
Mix until completely blended, top as desired and enjoy!
Substitute avocado for banana. Add a dash of cayenne pepper or freshly juiced ginger. If you prefer a sweeter version add a date or agave nectar. Top with crushed nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit or coconut.