Its a bit hard not to miss the new green tea everyone is talking about. But this one is most beneficial for your health as well as being versatile in your diet.
So what is matcha tea? Matcha is a green tea product, in fact is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant like other green teas but its the way it’s grown and harvested is what sets it aside from other green teas. Around 40 days before the matcha is picked (in the sping time only) the Camellia Sinensis plant is covered with straw or bamboo to slowly limit the amount of sunshine the tea plant receives. In doing this the leaves turn a dark green colour, due to the increased amounts of chlorophyll and amino acids in the leaves. Any new leaves that have grown while in the shade from the straw or bamboo are very thin and delicate. These leaves have a high level of glutamates, which gives these leaves their intense aroma and sweetness.
Only the youngest leaves are hand picked before going through a long process of de-veining, de- stemming and then steamed to maintain all their nutrients and the rich green colour. Once this has been completed the leaves are dried out and then refrigerated. The final part of the process these leaves goes through is the grinding. This is done using a huge granite wheel which slowly rotates over the leaves producing a fine power, also known as grounded tea.
Health benefits Of Matcha Tea
Anti-Aging – Has more antioxidants than many other popular health foods like blueberries, leafy greens, and nuts. This is due to the fact the tea leaves are grounded to make the matcha powder.
Energy Boosting – Matcha tea has both caffeine and also the amino acid theanine which produces a relaxed but alert mental state as well as boosting alpha waves in the brain, resulting in an energy boost that is sustained over time, instead of just getting a surge of wakefulness before the inevitable crash.
Metabolism-Boosting – Is rich in catechins, which also help regulate and boost metabolism, helping to control body weight.
Improves memory and focus -matcha tea also contains L-Theanine amino acid which produces serotonin and dopamine. These are the two hormones that improve our mood and memory and increase our concentration.
Strengthens the immune system -The catechins (type of antioxidants) in matcha reduce the damage to cells in the case of illness or infections. It also has a high amount of Vitamins A and C, protein, calcium and potassium that promote the health of our bones, skin, eyes and cardiovascular system.
How can we use Matcha tea in our diet?
We don’t just have drink matcha as a tea, you can incorporate matcha in to many almost any recipe. For example you can make matcha and avocado popsicle that is full of anti-oxidents and is a perfect treat also for summer. Or you can make a matcha green tea milkshake that is low carb, low fat, and sugar free and high in protein. The internet is saturated with thousands of different recopies that you can use to incorporate match tea into your diet.
My personal favourite way I enjoy match tea is in a smoothie. Loving It Vegan has a great smoothie recipe I use all the time.
Do you use matcha green tea in any of your recipes?If so I would love for you to share them with us, so we can all give your recipes a try.