5 Awesome ways to use Matcha today!
Green tea is chock-full of antioxidants and contains just enough caffeine to help you feel more alert, without making you feel jittery. It can help boost metabolism, promote clear, healthy skin and has a whole host of other health benefits. Out of all the green teas available, matcha is one of the most popular - and the most potent.
What is matcha?
Matcha is powdered, 100% pure green tea, so rather than steeping tea leaves in hot water, you're consuming the entire tea leaf. Made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, matcha is made by steaming then drying the leaves, removing the veins and stems and grinding the leaves into a fine powder, which is then whisked with hot water to create matcha tea.
Matcha health benefits
With 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea (1), matcha is packed with fibre, chlorophyll, vitamin C, selenium, zinc, magnesium and chromium. It can help to detoxify the body, calming the mind and enhancing your mood; it's even used to aid concentration, so a matcha latte during a tough day at work is a good idea! Matcha has even been shown to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. The EGCg (epigalloecatechin gallate) in matcha can help to fight cancer and counteract the effect of free radicals from UV rays and pollution, maintaining the body's balance.
According to the National Cancer Institute of the US, over 50 studies relating to tea consumption and cancer risk have been carried out since 2006 and although the result are somewhat inconclusive, many have linked tea drinking to a reduced risk of breast, ovary, prostate, colon and lung cancer (2). Matcha only contains 24-39 mg of caffeine per cup, giving a feeling of 'calm alertness' rather than leaving you struggling to sleep.
How to use matcha
So how can you add the benefits of matcha to your diet? Here are 5 ways to use matcha at home:
#1. Make a matcha latte
Avoid the matcha lattes sold in high street coffee shop chains and make your own at home - you'll reap the health benefits and save money too! Always buy the best matcha powder you can find - organic is preferable.
- Matcha green tea powder
- Hot water
- Milk (almond, coconut or soy is best)
How to make it
Place 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a mug and add 2oz hot water. Mix well with a whisk or electric milk frother then fill the mug with hot foamed milk. You can also make an iced matcha latte during the summer months by using cold milk and ice.
#2. Perfect some protein pancakes
Adding matcha to your pancakes is a delicious way to reap the health benefits! Mix egg whites with baking powder, oats and some vanilla stevia and stir in 1/2 tsp of matcha to the pancake batter - or use your own pancake recipe.
#3. Whip up a green smoothie
What better way to add even more goodness to your already healthy green smoothie then by adding a little matcha powder? You can add matcha to any smoothie but we recommend a teaspoon or two in our delicious green smoothie, as the perfect post-workout booster!
#4. Create some chocolate protein crepes
These protein crepes are ideal for a healthy dessert or breakfast. Add 1 tbsp of matcha powder to egg whites, chocolate protein powder and a splash of almond milk. Fill the crepes with some walnut or almond nut butter for even more protein!
#5. Have a healthy breakfast
This delicious protein-packed pudding is perfect for a healthy breakfast, to get your day started the right way. It works equally well as a pre-workout boost or post-workout meal.
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Half scoop of mocha (or chocolate) flavour protein powder
- 1/2 tbsp organic matcha powder
How to make it
Combine the chia seeds with 1/2 cup coconut milk and leave the seeds to soak up the milk. The longer you leave the mixture, the thicker and creamier it will become - this is great to make overnight so you can wake up to a quick healthy breakfast in the morning! Whenever you're ready to eat the pudding, add the protein powder and matcha and mix well. You could also add 4 chopped, pitted dates, if you like. Yum!
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