Kick Off Your Week With #MatchaMondays
Have you ever seen a marvelously green frappe walking out of the coffee shop and wondered what you were looking at? Or, perhaps a wildly vibrant green latte on your instagram feed? The chlorophyll powerhouse responsible for this trend is matcha, a green tea powder that is packed with feel-good phytochemicals. The tea isn’t always greener on the other side! With matcha, you can beat your Monday melancholy and make all your coworkers green with envy.
What is matcha powder?
To call it “matcha powder” is actually somewhat redundant. This tea comes from Japan, and the name “matcha” actually translates to powder tea. Matcha is used in the traditional tea ceremony, and is made of the highest quality leaves. The sorting process is very thorough. The facilities take special care to taste each batch for quality control, and a magical machine sorts the leaves by color! To simplify the process, the steps are: pick, dry, sort, taste, and grind. The end result is a versatile and super fine green powder.
How do I prepare matcha?
When we think of brewing tea, we tend to think of bags, balls, and teapots. The concept of powdered tea may be unfamiliar, but it is actually an opulent method of green tea preparation. The traditional prep involves a bamboo whisk and a small bowl. This is a still an ideal way to prepare a cup of matcha! More modern preparations involve milk frothers and blenders. Since matcha is a powder, it is very versatile; It can be utilized in baked goods, lattes, smoothies, and even ice cream.
Why should I drink matcha?
Matcha is a concentrated form of green tea! All of the benefits you can expect from a high quality tea are amplified, because you are ingesting the entire leaf in high doses.
What kind of benefits are we talking about?
Catechins are the antioxidants responsible for most of the benefits associated with tea drinking. A study revealed that matcha powder can contain up to 137 times the available catechins in a single brew vs. other high quality teas! Catechins can help support a healthy weight. Matcha has been associated with a reduction in BMI (body mass index), body fat percentage, and cholesterol levels. Internally, the catechins help to support a healthy cardiovascular system, reducing inflammation in the arteries as well as blood pressure. In addition to being a concentrated nutrient boost to support your physical well-being, the combination of caffeine and l-theanine in matcha improves cognitive function! This impressive combination of phytochemicals creates a state of relaxation and calm while simultaneously energizing and invigorating the mind! L-theanine also increases beta brainwave activity, which is responsible for clear and creative thought.
Matcha #EveryDay ?
Be forewarned! Once you try this high-powered and rejuvenating elixir, you might get hooked! While your co-workers hit up the coffee machine, you can be whisking yourself away to your happy place. With fat-busting, brain-boosting, heart-healthy nutrients in every sip, what’s not to love about a mug of matcha?