Wellness Wednesday: Super Powder Matcha

You’d be hard pressed to walk into a coffee shop or juice bar and not find something of the matcha variety.

I’ve seen everything from doughnuts to lattes using the green powder to tint and flavor drinks and food while also adding a nutritional punch.

When I first came across matcha it was in the form of brewed tea and I was instantly drawn to the rich, slightly bitter flavor (I may be in the minority but I’m not a huge fan of sweet teas and drinks). I knew it was high in antioxidants but that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge.

DSC_2433After enjoying a luscious almond-milk matcha latte (so yum!) my curiosity was piqued to find out some other benefits of the ancient tea.

Below is what I found to be the most intriguing benefits of matcha and I’ve also included a simple way to enjoy the super powder at home.divider

Top 5 Benefits of Matcha

  1. Detoxes-there are high levels of chlorophyll in matcha (hello vibrant green color!), which removes heavy metals and chemical toxins from our bodies
  2. Energy boost-the high amount of “clean” caffeine is what attracted ancient samurai warriors in Japan to drink a bowl before battle, research shows the negative side effects typical of caffeine do not happen with matcha (hypertension, shaky feeling, etc.)
  3. Calming-it contains the amino acid L-Theanine that promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, which induces relaxation
  4. Antioxidants-there’s a reason this benefit is the most known, in one bowl there is 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food (total super powder!)
  5. Vitamins-matcha contains an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, iron and vitamins A & C

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MSF Super Powder Matcha Latte

Ingredients

¾ c milk (I use coconut or almond)

¼ c water

1 tsp Matcha green tea powder (found at most health food stores near teas or baking materials)

optional 1 tsp sweetener (honey or agave)

Directions

Bring water to a boil, add matcha powder to bottom of mug and begin heating milk in saucepan to simmer on low heat. Pour boiling water over powder in mug, whisking slowly to remove any clumps. Tip mug on side and pour in heated milk(you can get fancy and add a <3 or another creative design). Sweeten to taste. If you would like to enjoy this iced, just prepare the tea with boiling water, let sit to room temp then place in fridge. Add cold milk and ice cubes. Enjoy!

dividerIf you’re feeling like a pick-me-up this week, I urge you to give matcha a whirl and let me know what you think! I’m ready to go the opposite way and wind down for bedtime with some reading and cuddle time with the pup.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

<3 Megan

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