Awww, Matcha! It’s my beverage of choice.
I love my matcha tea. Unlike regular tea where the leaves are steeped and then composted, matcha tea is made of green tea leaves ground into a powder which you consume whisked in hot water.
I used to drink nothing but peppermint tea for years, because a wise naturopath once told me: ‘We wash our body with soap on the outside and brush our teeth with toothpaste, but how do you clean the inside of your body and make it minty fresh? Peppermint tea!’ Peppermint is also a digestive aid, as well as *being anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. *According to The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Wormwood.
When we were in Paris, I found it interesting that when you order a green tea, it has peppermint leaves in it. Those French know a thing or two about culinary arts and tea. I currently am loving an organic matcha tea or latte on most days. I like to make it at home (or in the Air B&B we’re staying at) for 2 reasons:
It’s hard to find a café which offers organic matcha and organic nut or rice milk. If given the choice, I’ll choose organic for both.
Some people think matcha tea (even in a latte, which mellows the flavor) tastes like grass. I don’t taste grass at all, to me it tastes like a regular green tea that you might get at a sushi bar, which I always enjoy.
The health benefits of organic Matcha;
1)It has an ORAC score of about **1400. ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Essentially it’s the measurement of how many free radicals are eliminated by the Anti-oxidant properties. **From the book: The Miracle of Matcha by Dr. Mariza Snyder.
2)It provides energy (from the caffeine) but because of the nutrients it contains, such as the amino acid Theanine, polyphenols, catechins and cholorphyll, it provides a mental clarity while at the same time evoking relaxation. It also has 1/3 the caffeine of coffee so is less likely to keep you up at night.
3)The EGCG Epigallocatechin Gallate it contains, which is a catechin, holds promise as a treatment for preventing and treating cancer. According to the Mother Nature Network mnn.com, it was demonstrated in a study to be beneficial in HIV therapies.
4) The amino acid Theanine which naturally occurs in matcha (L-Theanine is the synthetic version of the amino acid) is involved in the formation of GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) which increases our levels of dopamine and serotonin. As we know, both are endorphins which make us feel happy.
5)It’s claimed that matcha combats oral pathogens that cause bad breath. (sort of like peppermint tea?)
There are some more health benefits but there are probably enough listed here already, to convince you to add some matcha into your day.
I have used matcha powder in several recipes (which I will eventually post) but to name a few:
matcha smoothies, matcha power balls, matcha yogourt (I add matcha powder to Daiya Vanilla Bean yogourt), matcha pancakes, matcha squares (similar to nanaimo bars), matcha chia pudding, matcha cupcakes with green icing of course, and matcha smoothie bowls.
The company FIASCO makes a delicious Dairy Free matcha ice cream with a coconut base. I’ve also found matcha rice milk chocolate on a few occasions and been thrilled (Veganz in Berlin).
Well, be sure to try some matcha today when you’re out and about if you happen to spot a BLENZ, CoffeeBar, or Waves coffee shop. I have been really disappointed with some matcha lattes served at other establishments so do try the places I’ve mentioned as there’s is the best.
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