If you’re following me on snapchat you’ve seen my obsession with Matcha.
I was first introduced to matcha about a year ago. I can’t remember the exact first time I had it, but I remember absolutely LOVING it. And then I started noticing it more. Specifically at Argo Tea. They have a Matcha Vanilla latte. I get it iced with almond milk and it’s TO DIE FOR.
Anyway, I ran into it again at Erewhon and it restarted my love affair once more.
I knew matcha was good for you, but I figured I’d do some research for all of you before I started blabbing on about it incessantly.
So here you go.
5 Reasons you should be as in love with matcha as I am.
- Antioxidants for days
- We hear about antioxidants ALL THE TIME. But why should we care about them? Well. Gals. Antioxidants help to fight against the negative effects of UV radiation helping to give us younger looking skin. So. Um. Yeah. Who wouldn’t want more antioxidants in their diet??
- Energy boost? Yes plz.
- Here’s a little history lesson for you. In early-modern Japan Samuri’s would drink this before going to war because of the energizing qualities of the tea. Green Tea naturally contains caffeine but it also contains L-Theanine. So you get all of the energy of caffeine without the side effects like nervousness or jitters.
- It burns fat. Yes. That’s right. Buh-bye fat.
- Drinking Matcha Green Tea can speed up your metabolism and burn body fat up to four times faster than average. I’m sorry. Who wouldn’t want to burn body fat by simply drinking tea???
- Stress relief and mental alertness
- Monks have used this tea for centuries to help with their meditation while also remaining mentally alert. This is also due to the L-Theanine. This amino acid promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without causing drowsiness.
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Now as a cancer survivor this one is key to me. Matcha contains catechins which aren’t found in any other food. Catechins counter the effects of free radicals from pollutions, UV rays, radiation, and other chemicals that can lead to DNA damage.
If those aren’t good enough reasons to drink this, I really don’t what else would be.
So now for a little Matcha Milk recipe for ya.
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Almond Milk
- Honey (optional)
Ok. So this recipe is RIDICULOUSLY easy. Which is my favorite kind of recipe.
- Scoop a tablespoon of matcha powder into a small bowl
- Add a small amount of almond milk and stir the powder into a paste like substance
- Continue to add almond milk a little at a time until there are no visible chunks of powder.
- Add as much almond milk as you’d like depending on how strong you want the matcha taste to be. I usually use about two cups of almond milk.
- If you’d prefer a sweeter taste to your matcha milk add as much honey as you’d like.
Yep. That’s it. Easy peasy.
I’m telling you. This stuff is great. If you’d like to try it before diving in to making your own, go try an iced green tea latte at Starbucks. They now offer almond milk so it’s really the same thing. Just know that their mix has sugar in it so it will be sweeter than if you were to make it from scratch without honey.
Let me know if you try it and how you like it!