I don’t know about you but within the last six months I have been absolutely matcha obsessed. Everything in moderation though right? My matcha green tea has been a part of my daily ritual for the past six months and I have been enjoying every sip along the way guilt free (even if it’s been breaking the moderation “rule”).
If you are wondering what matcha is, it’s a fine green tea powder originating from the Japanese culture. We all know the benefits of regular green tea so does matcha green tea top it?
Matcha green tea actually has three times the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea. Wowzers! This is mostly due to the fact the entire leaf is ingested opposed to the steeped tea leaves alone which means higher amounts of the good “stuff”. Also, I love that it comes in powdered form because I don’t have to worry about the hidden chemicals used on the tea bags.
Matcha green tea has catechins, which are forms of antioxidants called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg). These EGCg’s are antioxidants known for their cancer fighting properties.
Another factor is the high amount of L-theanine present in matcha green tea, which has been shown to relieve stress and increase mental alertness. L-theanine produces dopamine and serotonin- our feel good hormones! This could be why I am so addicted to this satisfying drink!
I love matcha green tea lattes with almond milk…but you can also enjoy this health filled powder simply with water, or by adding it into your smoothies or you can even try baking with it! The options are limitless…
Now, where to find it? This increasing popular ingredient has made it much more widely available. I personally love David’s Tea Matcha Matsu, however I know you can find many other matcha green tea brands from your local health food store along with Asian grocery stores that carry it much cheaper.
Now, go get your matcha on!
Stephanie Morrison is a certified holistic nutritionist, registered yoga and meditation instructor with a passion for guiding others along their healing path. She uses a combination food, supplementation, homeopathics and lifestyle recommendations to create balance in the body and address the root cause of her clients health symptoms. She works in private clinic setting specializing in hormonal, digestive and emotional health.