All Things Matcha

If you are someone who is like me and can’t go a day without coffee and/or you are looking for a coffee substitute, this post will hopefully entice you to make matcha a part of your wellness routine!

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What is Matcha?

With matcha you are literally drinking the actual dried leaves which have been stone-ground into a fine powder [matcha means “powdered tea”] – providing you with the full benefits of its antioxidants, vitamins and caffeine. With traditional green tea, components of the leaves are steeped into hot water, then get discarded.

Benefits

Since I began drinking copious amounts of matcha, I frequently have been asked why matcha over green tea? Truthfully, after researching everything/anything matcha and learning about the endless amounts of amazing health benefits, I officially became hooked on this “super potent” green tea – how can you not!? Here is a list of just the few benefits this nutrient-dense powerhouse has to offer:

  • High in Antioxidants
    – 137x more than green tea
    – 17x more than blueberries
    – 6x more than gogiberries
  • Energy Booster
    – Matcha can help your body burn calories 4x than normal – yes and yes!
  • Anti-Aging
    – Matcha helps reduce inflammation and oxidation to help you look and feel youthful
  • Great Detoxifier
    – Matcha as a high concentration of chlorophyll [my favourite], which helps eliminate chemicals from your body
    – Matcha’s vibrant green colour comes from high levels of chlorophyll – If you know me, you know  that I am obsessed with this nutrient powerhouse and can’t go a day without “green water” [blog post to come on all things chlorophyll]
  • High in L-theanine
    – Matcha has an amino acid that promotes relaxation and enhances memory + reaction time

Where to Purchase

My favourite place to purchase matcha is at Davids Tea [is anyone else obsessed?] – there is an abundance of matcha [+ other tea] flavours which will suit everyone’s taste buds:

Flavoured

  • Blueberry Matcha
  • Vanilla Matcha – Favourite
  • Peach Matcha
  • Strawberry Matcha
  • Honeydew Matcha
  • Mint Matcha
  • Maple Matcha

Traditional

  • Grand Cru Matcha – Favourite
  • Matcha  Matsu

Recipes

To be quite honest, when I first started drinking matcha tea, I absolutely did not love the taste – I found it to be quite bitter. However, once I started getting creative with ways to incorporate matcha into either my food [i.e., chia seed pudding] or drinks [i.e., smoothie + latte], I began to really enjoy  the taste and now I can’t go a day without matcha! Here are two of my favourite ways to incorporate matcha and to boost my energy throughout the day:

Matcha Latte

INGREDIENTS

  • Utensils: matcha whisk + perfect matcha spoon
  • 1-2 “perfect matcha spoonfuls” matcha green tea [of your choice]
  • 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk – I love using coconut milk
  • 2 tbs + 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Optional [added flavour] – 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional [added sweetness] – 1 tbs of sweetener [i.e., agave, honey, maple syrup]

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add matcha into a bowl
  2. Pour 2 tbs of warm water into a bowl [covering the matcha powder]
  3. In an “M” formation, use your matcha whisk and whisk until there are no matcha clumps
  4. Pour the whisked matcha and 1/2 cup of warm water into a mug
  5. Add vanilla extract and/or sweetener
  6. Froth milk and pour over matcha mixture

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

If you read my blog post on Superfood Smoothies, you will know that I love chia seeds and all of the benefits that come along with this superfood; a fantastic and tasty way to incorporate matcha in your food is either via a smoothie or chia seed pudding:

INGREDIENTS

  • Utensils: matcha whisk + perfect matcha spoon
  • Medium sized sealable container/jar – I love using a mason jar
  • 1-2 “perfect matcha spoonfuls” matcha green tea [of your choice]
  • 2 tbs warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk – again, I love using coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs of sweetener [i.e., agave, honey, maple syrup]
  • Optional Toppings – fruit [blueberries, strawberries, raspberries], granola and/or nuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour milk and add chia seeds into a medium sized container/jar – stir to combine
  2. In a small bowl, add matcha powder
  3. Pour warm water into the bowl [covering the matcha powder]
  4. In an “M” formation, use your matcha whisk and whisk until there are no matcha clumps
  5. Add matcha mixture, sweetener and vanilla into the chia seed mixture – stir
  6. Place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, or let it sit overnight
  7. Top  with your favourite fruit [blueberries, strawberries], granola and/or nuts

Cheers to caffeine [sustainable daily energy] and drinking all things green +  nutrient dense!

Lots of love,

Sara Locke – XOXO

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