I mention somewhere in another post about chugging coffee and dragging along behind children. Maybe you chug coffee in the hopes that it will give you the energy you need to get through your day at the office or a long night of studying. According to Google, 64% of Americans drink coffee every day. I am definitely part of that 64%. I am here to remind you that there is another option, I’d even go so far as to say a superior one…and that other option is MATCHA.
Matcha is essentially full green tea leaves ground into a powder. So you’re receiving a concentrated delivery of antioxidants, ten times more than regular green tea in fact (according to Women’s Health)! From my understanding, the high amounts of catechins found in this delectable beverage delay cell damage. This not only delays the effects of aging and improves the overall look and feel of your skin, but also helps to fight diseases! Its anti-cancerous properties alone make it a good sell. However, if you’re still not sold, the L-Theanine (an amino acid) it contains promotes an alertness that is calm, unlike coffee that often increases anxiety and jitters. It boosts your metabolism, so that you burn more calories and fat throughout the day, and also has a lot of fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins A and C. We all know that vitamin C gives your immune system a boost as well. Lastly, the caffeine in Matcha, which is approximately 68 mg if you use one tsp in your drink, is released slowly, over several hours. So instead of feeling that initial rush and then crash from drinking coffee, you feel good for a lot longer.
You can buy organic matcha on Amazon for a decent price. I recommend using one tsp of the matcha powder per 8 oz. of liquid, such as a plant based “milk” or organic whole milk. I sweeten mine with raw sugar, and sometimes add vanilla. While I don’t really think you need excess kitchen tools, having a matcha whisk doesn’t seem too excessive. It would eliminate the lumps you might find in the bottom of your cup. Anyway, if you give this a go, you will not be sorry! The green liquid might be hard for some to accept, but I honestly think it tastes really good. It is also good hot or iced 🙂 If you absolutely have trouble drinking it (and I don’t know anyone that hates it), you can actually add matcha to baked goods like cupcakes or add it to smoothies. It is really adaptable!