Matcha. It kind of sounds like a new dating app, doesn’t it? While matcha might be your perfect mate, it has nothing to do with romance, but much to do with health. Matcha is an increasingly popular green tea powder. Many people make matcha into a tea and drink it straight. Matcha is not filtered like most green teas. The entire leaf is crushed and powdered. This makes it potent stuff! The powder is also added to other drinks, like smoothies, or in baked goods.
Here’s What Matcha Can Do For You!
Matcha differs from other green teas in another important way, according to Wellness Mama. During the last weeks of growing green tea leaves for matcha, the plants are shaded to increase the amount of chlorophyll. This also increases the amount of L-Theanine. The L-Theanine level is reported to offset the jitteriness which the caffeine content in green tea can cause.
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It’s been said that matcha makes some people feel more alert while simultaneously more peaceful. Some studies have shown L-Theanine stimulates the brain’s ability to focus.
Matcha also has a high concentration of polyphenols and antioxidants that might help ward off some cancers in the body and reduce free radicals in the skin that lead to premature aging.
If you think you’re ready to make yourself some matcha, matcha source has a plethora of recipes from hot drinks to breakfast bowls and beyond. The bold green color of matcha might inspire you to experiment by including it in some recipes of your own as a healthy way to add some color to your foods!
Meantime, here’s an easy Matcha Latte recipe inspired by a recipe on Love and Lemons to prep for you and a friend to get you started:
- 2 tsp. Matcha Powder (sifted to break up lumps)
- ½-3/4 Cup Coconut Milk (to taste)
- ½ Cup Water
- 1 tsp. Honey
Whisk coconut milk and water in a small saucepan and heat slowly. Turn off heat. Gradually whisk in matcha powder making sure you break-up any lumps. Add honey. Pour into cups.
Toast your friend with your hot mug of matcha to thank them for being a good match!