Matcha Tea: You Should Be Drinking It

by | Food

M  atcha tea has recently become popular in North America but it was originally brought to Japan by Buddhist monks thousands of years ago.  Used in tea ceremonies before meditation, it was found to help with calmness and alertness. Matcha is the whole green tea leaf ground up.  It has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Matcha tea can be drunk hot, iced or as a latte.  You can add it to your smoothies or even to your baking. Here are some of it’s health benefits:
  • packed with antioxidants,
  • boosts matabolism and burns calories,
  • detoxifies,
  • calms mind and relaxes body,
  • enhances mood and helps with concentration,
  • rich in fibre, chlorophyll, and vitamins, 
  • provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium,
  • lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.
As you can see, the health benefits are numerous.  If you haven’t tried it out, stop by your local tea store or coffee shop and ask them to make you a lattee.  Initially, you may find the taste a bit odd or earthy, but I encourage you to be open to it as you will get to like it.  The benefits are so worth it. I like to make it at home.  I boil water, take a tiny bit of matcha (1/2 tsp) and whisk it together with the small bamboo whisk.  I then steam some soy or other milk, add a bit of honey or vanilla syrup.  It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Do try it if you haven’t.  Let me know what you think. Send me a note, leave me a comment.

Christina xo

 

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life

more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony

known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James