Skip the Coffee... Drink Matcha

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If you haven't heard about Matcha Green Tea, you've been missing out. It's been a staple in Chinese culture for 1,000s of years and is slowly becoming popular here in the states because of its antioxidant powers. Green tea leaves are grown in Japan and after harvest, the leaves are stone ground to make a fine powder that is distinct in green color. 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. 


A few months back I had to give up coffee (it wasn't easy) and found that Matcha was a better option. Not only is it a mood-enhancer, it's jam-packed with health benefits that coffee does not offer.

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:

There are many ways to drink Matcha, my favorite being a Matcha Latte; however, the traditional way is to drink it straight. 

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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 1-5 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:

Maeda-en - $12 - $24 (my favorite)

Teavana - $44.95

The Republic of Tea - $18.00

Where to enjoy:

Matcha Bar NYC

Cha Lait


Matcha has become my favorite alternative to coffee. What are some of your favorite alternatives? Tweet or comment me so I can check them out!