I’m a big fan of matcha. The imperial grade matcha green tea powder from Teavana has been one of the most high quality green tea matcha powders I have ever used in my life. Its unique flavor and smooth body makes for a calm soothing tea. Although matcha powder is used for Japanese tea ceremonies, it has become a popular modern day use in cooking. I typically put a teaspoon or two in baking, cooking, and making smoothies. It enhances the flavor of your recipe. For instance, if you add it to a Green Tea Latte, it becomes very aromatic, but not too overpowering.
Matcha also has amazing health benefits. One glass of matcha is approximately equal to 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. The reason is because you are ingesting the whole leaf and not the brewed water.
Why should you drink Matcha?
- It fights cancer. Matcha contains unique antioxidants called catechins, which counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals that cause damage to your DNA. The actual antioxidant cannot be beat when it comes to matcha.
- It burns fat, prevents aging and chronic diseases. Green tea has been known to boast metabolism and burn fat. Matcha actually does not put stress on your body, nor does it raise blood pressure or heart rate. It also detoxes and cleanses your body, eliminating the harmful chemicals and heavy metals.
- It gives you energy. Researchers found that the natural properties in matcha improved physical endurance by 24%. Rather than drinking coffee or Redbull, try a refreshing iced green tea.
I came across a website called Matcha Source , and learned a lot the history of matcha, how to tell whether the matcha is high quality, and a wide variety of recipes I hope to try. I really enjoy green tea soft serve, it has that clean and refreshing taste that’s not too sweet.
(Image Credit: Imperial Grade Matcha Powder – Teavana.com)