Matcha Tea: The new green tea but even better. Essentially matcha tea is green leaves grounded down to a powder. The entire leaf is the consumed rather than just steeped in hot water. It has a whole host of benefits attached to it; super high in antioxidants, cholesterol lowering properties, weight loss properties, and energy boosting powers. Not only is it an antioxidant (140 times more antioxidants than green tea) but also anti-inflammatory properties.
Matcha tea is also high in L-theanine which increases alpha waves activity in the brain, causing an increase in alertness and attention while also causing relaxation without drowsiness.
There's all kind of "grades" of matcha tea (premium, ceremony, classic, cafe and kitchen grade) and it gets confusing, not to mention the prices vary so drastically between grades and between brands. So I just ordered the organic one from a brand I trusted (I use Clearspring Organic Premium Grade). Do not use boiling water as that will make it taste super bitter and grassy. Boil your water and let it cool before using.
Place 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a bowl
Break it up with a spoon to remove any lumps
Whisk until frothy
(using an battery powered one as it whisks faster than using a manual one)
Drink and feel the antioxidants power through your body
It does taste like green tea but a bit more intense. For the record green tea tastes like pond water (green tea is one of the few things I consume because of the way it makes me feel rather than because of taste). This makes you wake up feeling very skinny and clean. Also super great when you're bloated and need to de-bloat asap.
Ever tried it? Want to try it? Are you a green tea person?