Have you heard about the amazing benefits of matcha yet?
It was the “it” drink at New York Fashion Week recently and is beloved of the A-list because of its metabolism-boosting, antioxidant properties that pack a powerful punch which is 137 times stronger than green tea. Victoria Beckham was seen downing matcha shots backstage at her show, and it’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s new go-to caffeine fix (served in the form of an iced matcha latte, made with almond milk and no sweetener – thank you very much.)
Matcha is basically green tea in its purest form abundant in valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Green tea which has been heated actually throws away a lot of the goodness, because it only extracts a fraction of the benefits that are potentially available. But matcha is a green powder made from the whole green tea leaf which has been stoneground.
Drinking matcha tea is really nutritious as you are ingesting 100% of the nutrients which include 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. One serving of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of brewed of green tea!
But matcha has many amazing benefits including weight loss as it tackles the problem from both sides by boosting the metabolism and promoting faster fat burning. It is also super-energising, which encourages more movement and which will also assist with easier weight loss. The great thing about matcha is that it doesn’t put any stress on the body like other harsher weight loss supplements as it is 100% natural and gentler on the system. Matcha can also lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Good for the Body and Mind:
L-theanine, an amino acid found in matcha, calms the mind and relaxes the body while keeping it alert and focused. Buddhist Monks drink matcha before long meditations for these amazing properties.
Matcha is also packed with antioxidants including powerful EGCg – (a unique antioxidant which provides cancer fighting properties).
Matcha is a rich source of fibre and chlorophyll which naturally and effectly detoxify and chelate heavy metals.
Matcha is abundant in Vitamin C, Selenium, Chromium, Zinc and Magnesium
So how can you get all these amazing benefits into your daily diet?
Drink as a tea with just hot water or be more adventurous and make a matcha latte – see the recipe below.
Add to your daily juice or smoothie
Add to baking recipes or bliss balls
Add to a chia pudding, pancakes or porridge
Naomi’s Tips: Try swapping out a coffee for a matcha tea or latte. You could also enjoy a matcha latte as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon energising “pick-me up” snack – however be mindful of the caffeine if you have any sensitivities.
1 serving of matcha = 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp. If you are new to matcha start with a lower dose and gradually increase as your body adjusts to it.
1 cup hot water
1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp almond butter
1 pitted medjool date or 1 inch date paste or 1 tbs maple syrup
Blend and serve immediately
Nutritional Nuggets of Goodness
Matcha : See above!
Medjool Dates : Healthiest natural sweetener, rich source or fibre and energy boosting
Almond Butter : Rich source of vitamin E, Good source of healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids