Matcha tea first originated in Japan before becoming a popular treat in America. During the green tea plant’s last 3 weeks of growth, they are removed from sunlight, resulting in a vibrant green color. If you’re looking for a less jittery, crash-free caffeine fix, matcha is an excellent option. The amount of caffeine is equal to one cup of matcha tea is equal to drinking 10 cups of regular steeped green tea.
This green tea powder is not strained like normal tea which means when combined into milk or water, you will be consuming the whole leaf (concentrated into a fine powder)! Therefore, you only need ½ tsp of the powder to get the most antioxidants and benefits possible.
What are those benefits, you ask?
- Matcha is high in chlorophyll - a natural detoxifier that helps you get rid of toxins in your body
- It is a natural stress reliever due to it’s high levels of L-Theanine, an amino acid that neutralizes those jittery effects one can get from caffeine
- It contains 60x the amount of antioxidants of spinach!
- Studies show regular consumption can lower blood pressure
- It helps stimulate alpha brain waves which are related to concentration
(Photo: Green Tea Latte with Almond Milk at Sawada Coffee in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago)
Our favorite ways to consume matcha are by combining 1/2 tsp with with coconut milk for a homemade latte, blending 1 tsp with bananas for a batch of matcha banana “nice cream”, or using it to make our very own mint matcha cream pie using our Chocolate Muffin Mix!