The Benefits of Drinking Matcha

Since going semi-vegan, I've been trying different ways to eliminate those items we shouldn't have; IE, coffee. Growing up, I wasn't a coffee drinker, but as I got older, coffee became my morning life saver. One cup of Bustelo with almond milk has to happen before anything else does, but I'm finding myself crashing during the day, and after research, I read it could be due to coffee. So, I've been trying different things to drink, and my favorite has become Matcha. 

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If you haven't heard about Matcha Green Tea, you've been missing out. It's a staple in Chinese culture dating back 1,000s of years and it has increasingly become popular here in the states because of its antioxidant powers. Green tea leaves are cultivated in Japan, and after harvest, the leaves are stone ground to make a fine powder that is distinctly green. Matcha is available in different grades from kitchen to ceremonial. Kitchen grade is best for baking and recipes, while ceremonial grade is best for drinking straight. You'll notice in the images below, the darker the green, the better.

Health Benefits:

  • Packed with antioxidants including EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Natural detox
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Enhances mood
  • Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters

How to drink Match:

The traditional way to drink Matcha is to drink it straight—hot water only, but my favorite is a Matcha Latte with almond milk.

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Ceremonial

  1. Heat water in a tea kettle. Pour into ceramic bowl and pour out
  2. Obtain traditional Japanese tea utensils
  3. Measure out 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
  4. Sift Matcha through sieve and into a warmed ceramic bowl
  5. Pour 2 ounces of 176*F water into the bowl and whisk back and forth for 1 to 2 minutes
  6. Sip and enjoy!

Latte

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  1. Follow steps 1-4 of traditional tea making
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of warm water into ceramic bowl
  3. Whisk to make a paste, 1-2 minutes
  4. Add 2 ounces of steamed Almond or Coconut milk
  5. Sip and enjoy!

Where to buy:

The Republic of Tea - $18.00 (my favorite)

Mighty Leaf - $17

Yuve - $29.99

Where to enjoy:

Matcha Bar NYC

Cha Lait

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Have you tried Matcha? Let me know what's your favorite way to drink it!


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