Matcha is something that needs to be in your food diary
Green tea is a relaxing drink, a great shot at the bar (when mixed with Jameson), and in relation to matcha is the ultimate mental and medical remedy.
Expecting nothing but the best from this superfood, you can find matcha green tea in virtually everything from banana bread, to lattes all over the world.
This specific form of green tea is special because matcha is made from stoneground tealeaves. From this matcha becomes powdered, is steeped into hot water, and is whipped to a creamy froth perfection.
Unlike regular tea, when you drink matcha you are actually consuming whole powdered leaves. The leaves contain caffeine, and L-theanine that makes you relaxed but not drowsy while promoting concentration.
The compounds within matcha help improve metabolism, slow inner growth cells, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol. Notably, it also contains catechins, which are significant for being known to help fight cancer.
In addition, with the intake of matcha green tea you reduce the risk of anxiety.
Research suggests that the serotonin and the amino acid L-theanine found in matcha may help to lower anxiety and boost one’s overall mood, according to the Huffington Post.
Matcha is a traditional green tea powder used for centuries in Japan and China during tea ceremonies called “The Way Of Tea”. The focus of the ceremony is to create a peaceful environment that encourages guests to be mindful and reflective.
Ditch your morning latte for a matcha smoothie. Everyone looks great in green.
To make your own matcha green tea smoothie you’ll need:
- 2 peeled, sliced and frozen ripe bananas (~120 g each)
- optional: 1/4 cup (41 g) chopped ripe pineapple
- 3/4 – 1 cup (180-240 ml) light coconut milk (canned or carton)
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 heaping cup (35 g) organic spinach or kale
Tap into your inner #AKK and try out the recipe!