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A few months ago, an article on social media caught my attention. The post was talking about the amazing benefits of Matcha green tea powder. I'd heard about matcha before, but out of curiosity, just like you… I Googled what is matcha green tea powder.
After that morning I spent the next few weeks researching the benefits of matcha green tea powder… And now I've become a regular drinker and I'm pretty excited about adding it to my journey of natural healing.
So I thought I'd write about it today. This post will answer the question “what is matcha green tea powder”, the health benefits of drinking it regularly, how to make Matcha green tea, PLUS 5 Matcha Green Tea Smoothies to try.
So let's start with answering the question: What is matcha green tea powder?
What is Matcha Green Tea Powder?
Matcha is a tea green tea made from matcha green tea powder. The word Matcha means merely “powdered tea.”
Matcha has a naturally sweet smell, but the taste is bitter, malty and vegetal. It's made from ground green tea leaves, as opposed to steeping or infusing the tea leaves in hot water to make your cup of tea. With Matcha, you're drinking the actual leaves, which have been ground and made into a fine powder.
So, why has Matcha tea become so popular? Well, in recent years, many of us have shifted our eating habits and leaning towards more natural foods and away from processed foods. So, the popularity of Matcha is because regular consumption brings many health benefits!
5 Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder
1. Loaded With Antioxidants
2. You Can Boost Your Energy Levels
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3. Matcha is Good for Weight Loss & Detoxification
If you are trying to lose weight, Matcha green tea is highly recommended. This type of tea has nutrients and antioxidants that can help boost your metabolism and weight loss. Matcha green tea powder also helps you to burn more calories, which means you're burning more fat throughout the day than if you weren't drinking it… along with providing an extra boost of energy needed for exercise.
4. You Can Detox Your Body
5. Improve Your Cardiovascular Health
How to Make Matcha Green Tea
I often buy Matcha at my local Starbucks, but at $4 or more, you can definitely make it for less at home. All you really need is a high-quality Matcha green tea powder and a few utensils to get started.
Ingredients & Utensils Needed:
- A high-grade organic Matcha green tea powder (I get mine here)
- A bamboo whisk (not absolutely necessary, but creates a frothier, and much smoother drink than without)
- Water heated to 175 degrees F
- A fine mesh strainer
- A glass bowl for whisking
- Small cups for drinking tea
Making the Matcha Tea
Sift about 1 Tsp of Matcha green tea powder into the glass bowl for whisking. Slowly add 1 Cup of water heated to 175 degrees. (not boiling) Whisk with bamboo whisk until frothy and well mixed. If you decide not to opt for the whisk, you can experiment with your blender. Drink immediately.
Do not compromise quality for the price. It really does make a difference in the taste and health benefits. First, make sure the Matcha green tea powder is organic. Look for the highest grade extracted from young and fresh leaves which have a mild, sweet taste. (Old leaves have a bitter taste.)
5 Matcha Green Tea Smoothies to Try
1. Green Tea Berry Smoothie
This first smoothie lets you have your favorite fruit smoothie, but with the added health benefits of the Matcha green tea powder. It is a berry smoothie, so go ahead and add any berries you like. It can be one type of berry, or a mixed berry like with frozen blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. In a blender, combine the berries with a nut milk of your choosing, matcha powder, chia seeds, and a banana. You can also season it up with some cinnamon or honey if you like.
2. Matcha Banana Tea Smoothie
This next smoothie is super easy to make. It is best to use a frozen banana because it gives the smoothie a nice cool consistency, without having to use ice. Add the frozen banana to the blender with your Matcha powder, milk, and some maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit. There are some stores that sell latte-grade matcha powder which is best when making a smoothie.
3. Banana Cacao Matcha Smoothie
This goes one step further by using the same ingredients as in the banana smoothie but adding a chocolate flavor as well. This doesn’t taste much like green tea, so it really is best when you want a banana chocolate smoothie but a healthier one. Add to that a frozen banana, almond or cashew milk, cacao powder, and some maple syrup. Maca powder and chia seeds also add even more nutrients to the smoothie.
4. Matcha Smoothie Bowl
Are you a fan of smoothie bowls? If you are, why not try one with matcha green tea! Remember that smoothie bowls are thicker than regular smoothies, so you want to add Matcha as the powder instead of the tea. This really thickens it up. For the bowl, also add to a blender your frozen banana, frozen berries, yogurt, spinach, and a little bit of almond milk. Pour it all into a bowl and add toppings like coconut shavings and cacao nibs.
5. Starbucks Secret Matcha Recipe
Add 2 Tsp of Matcha green tea powder to 1 Cup coconut or almond milk. Add 1 packet of Stevia. Blend in blender until mixed well and frothy.
Have you already tried Matcha? Tell me about how you enjoy it and any health benefits you've noticed. And if you have any questions or other comments, please leave them for me in the comment area below.