So Matcha To Love
We’ve been hearing about green tea and its benefits for a while now. But have you heard all of the craze about matcha? Matcha is a specialized powder form of green tea, and is grown in the shade instead of full sun like regular green tea. Matcha is made into tea as well but since it’s a powder, you are actually consuming the leaves as part of the beverage instead of simply steeping the leaves in water. And if you’re super cool & hip, you can drink it in the form of a matcha latte. *queue additional latte puns*
"So what are the benefits?"
- CATECHINS: Matcha contains these cool little things called catechins….aka a compound that provides super antioxidant and (sometimes) chemo-protective powers.
o Antioxidant power of matcha also helps prevent oxidative stress in the body and therefore helps prevent many chronic diseases
o The compounds found in matcha have been loosely linked to chemo-protective effects, although the studies in patients do not prove that it’s a guaranteed outcome...stay tuned
o Matcha can also promote weight loss, protect the skin from damage, and provide an immune boost to your body.
- CAFFEINE: compared to green tea, matcha has about double the caffeine. But compared to coffee, matcha has slightly less caffeine (about 50 mg vs 95-200 mg in coffee...depending on how strong you brew)
"Is matcha better for me than green tea?"
Remember those antioxidant and anti-cancer effects I just talked about? Those are present at a much greater concentration in matcha than in green tea alone. Sometimes about 100 times greater than green tea leaves! So yes, the beneficial compounds in matcha are much greater than what’s found in green tea.
"How do I make a matcha latte?"
A typical amount of matcha to consume is around 2 grams (~1 tsp of matcha powder). Consuming matcha in excess (think 3-4 cups/day) may be harmful due to its strong chemical properties, so let’s try not to consume too much in one day.
I made my matcha latte with…
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1.5 grams (almost 1 tsp) matcha powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp honey
a dash of cinnamon
Bring coconut milk and water to a simmer on the stove. Add in cinnamon and matcha powder and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients to a blender or blender ball mixing cup. Pour the tea into the blender and mix together for 45 seconds-1 minute. *if using a blender ball cup, let the steam out after 15 seconds or it will become too pressurized...*