Matcha Matcha! Your New Favorite Coffee Alternative
Matcha was popular in 2017 and continues into the new year as one of the predicted food trends of 2018. Matcha is a high quality powdered green tea that has been celebrated in the Japanese tea ceremonies for many years. According to Matcha Source, “matcha is cultivated by traditional methods, from growing to grinding.” Weeks prior to harvest the tea plants are shaded with bamboo mats to increase the chlorophyll content.
The leaves are then steamed, air-dried, destemmed, and finally ground on ancient stone grinding wheels. Matcha can be used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes like smoothie bowls, lattes, and chia pudding bowls. Matcha tea is so powerful that you would have to drink 10 cups of regular brewed green tea to get the benefits of 1 cup of matcha.
Benefits: Not only is matcha high in antioxidants, but it improves mood, increases energy levels, detoxifies the body, and is a great alternative to drinking coffee. So let’s dig deeper into why we should all give matcha a try.
Mood and Calmness: Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid known to improve mood, increase focus, and reduce stress, and relax the mind.
Antioxidants and Nutrients: Matcha is packed with antioxidants that help to boost immunity, anti-aging, and prevention of chronic disease. There are 137 times more antioxidants in matcha than green tea.The EGCg contents are known to maintain cardiovascular and metabolic health. Nutrients include vitamin A and C, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
Detox: Matcha is rich in chlorophyll which aids in detoxifying the body from harsh in chemicals and toxins.
Weight loss: Matcha contains catechins which aid in