If you’re not overly familiar with it already, matcha is the new thing. The green drink is sweeping the social media sphere. My first experience with matcha wasn’t the most pleasing. I had what technically was an iced matcha latte but really was green powder blended with water. I have really come around to matcha since then, thanks to much better blending, higher quality matcha and some delicious recipes.
Before getting into the ways to bring matcha into your life, here are 5 reasons why you should hop on the green drink bandwagon:
- Antioxidants, specifically catechin, EGCg. Antioxidants are crucial if you want to protect against UV radiation and keep your skin looking young, youthful and not a day over 18 (yes please). EGCg, a specific kind of catechin found in matcha is the king of this and most recognized for its cancer fighting abilities. SOLD.
- Find some zen. For basically forever, matcha has been used by Japanese Buddhist monks as a method of relaxation. Matcha contains an amino acids called L-Theanine, that helps the brain to relax, without causing drowsiness.
- Energy for days. Nope, this isn’t counter-intuitive to the previous point, matcha is just that magical, transforming you to a calm, energetic being. Matcha’s combo of nutrients provides a natural energy boost.
- The tea leaves of the matcha plant are high in chlorophyll (hence the green color). Chlorophyll helps to remove toxins, including heavy metals, from the body.
- The least scientific, most objective, and very important final fact – it tastes good. If you purchase good quality matcha, use a good technique or recipe to prepare (see below), your body can reap all the benefits of 1-4 while you sip on some sweet deliciousness.
Ways to enjoy matcha – tea, latte, smoothie, baked goods….drumroll….even as a delicious donut. Here are some of my favorite matcha recipes:
For the classic latte Love and Lemons is one of my favs.
For the most beautiful bright green smoothie bowl ever, Minimalist Baker has you covered.
For an easy breakfast to go, Rachel Mansfield’s matcha overnight oats.
If you’re really feeling ambitious, A Beautiful Mess’s matcha tea donuts.