We have been hearing for a while now that a daily cup of green tea is good for a healthy diet. What about Matcha? Learn more about delicious and healthy matcha green tea.
You might also like these 5 morning Matcha recipes.
Hi guys, I’m Debbie. Denise asked me to write a post to share what I know about Matcha! I have been a consultant with Steeped Tea for the past 6 years, and have learned a lot about tea and still learning more every day. I am sharing some of that knowledge with you today.
What is matcha?
Like green tea, Matcha comes from the camellia sinensis plant, but it is grown slightly different. Approximately 30 days before harvesting, the plants are covered so they are shaded from the sun. That helps the leaves become a dark green color, which means increased chlorophyll and more amino acids.
Once the tea leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed and the leaves are dried, then ground up into a fine powder which is Matcha.
The health benefits of drinking Matcha green tea
Matcha, like green tea, contains a class of antioxidants called catechins. One particular catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG), is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Green tea has also been shown to help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even assists with weight loss.
Green tea and Matcha both contain caffeine, with Matcha having higher amounts, however less than coffee or black tea. Please note, drinking green tea and matcha are considered healthy and safe, but people sensitive to caffeine should be aware of the amount they drink. I am not a health practitioner, please consult yours if you have detailed questions.
So enough about what it is and why it is good for me, but what does Matcha taste like?
What does Matcha taste like?
A good quality matcha is bright in color, with a smooth Grassy taste. It should not be bitter, it should have a slight sweetness to it. If you are already a green tea drinker, you will enjoy the strong green tea taste of Matcha.
However if you are not accustomed to the taste of green tea, and still want to have matcha in your daily diet, there are other ways you can still enjoy it while hiding the taste.
Since Matcha is a fine powder, it can be mixed into almost anything!
- Mix a ½ tsp into your yogurt, breakfast oatmeal (or noatmeal).
- Make your own salad dressing
- Add to chia pudding.
There are many different recipes where you can add matcha to baked goods and treats, such as fat bombs, protein bites and even gummies!
But my favorite way is to drink it!
I find it fun (and delicious) to make different drinks with Matcha. Another fantastic thing, many tea companies are now adding flavors to matcha. My favorite tea company, Sipology by Steeped Tea; has many different flavors of matcha to choose from!
Ways to add matcha to your day
So if you want to start adding a little matcha to your day, consider one of these ideas:
- Vanilla or chocolate matcha to your morning coffee
- Peach matcha mixed with your favorite milk for a creamsicle tasting drink.
- Trying to cut back on coffee? Try a Mocha Matcha Latte with hot water and cream.
- Are you a hot chocolate drinker? Add some banana matcha to your hot chocolate for a twist, or even mix chocolate and banana matcha into your favorite warmed milk!
You can find a variety of Matcha drink recipes here on My Life Cookbook as well.
If you are already a Matcha drinker, please share your favorite way of getting it into you daily diet! I love trying new ways of using it!