What is Matcha?
To learn the benefits of Matcha, you’ll first need to get better acquainted with what exactly Matcha is. The literal definition of “Matcha” is powdered tea, and that’s just what you’re drinking when you sit down for a cup, or add it into your favourite recipes.
When you brew a cup of traditional green tea, you take the leaves and place them into hot water, infusing the water with the nutrients of the leaves, then the leaves get discarded when you’re finished. Matcha, however, are these same green tea leaves, just in a powdered form that gets mixed in to the water and creates no waste.
Matcha Green Tea Benefits:
The benefits of Matcha Green Tea are numerous, and they range from increased energy to more successful weight loss.
For weight loss, Matcha includes a compound found in green tea called EGCG, a polyphenol, which helps the body to naturally boost metabolism and get fat burning while food is better processed within.
To get you up and working, Matcha is also great for getting natural energy, as it contains about 3 times the amount of caffeine as traditional green tea as you consume the entire tea leaf.
All of the benefits found in green tea are found in their purest and most raw form when you opt for the Matcha version instead.
How to Matcha!
There are many different ways a person can use and enjoy Matcha, and these range from in traditional teas to cooking with it as an ingredient.
For Matcha Tea – mix 1/4 teaspoon of Matcha into hot water. Using the Zen Green Tea’s Bamboo Matcha Whisk, whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.
It can be mixed up in a smoothie with fresh fruits and vegetables for a morning boost, put in plain yogurt and frozen with fruits for a sweet dessert treat, or even infused into baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies, or any favourite dough.