Matcha, this fine green powder has been popping up all over the place so I decided to do a little bit of research. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow love it, your favourite Instagram health gurus swear by it and it was everywhere at New York Fashion Week, so, what is it?
Matcha is a premium green tea powder from Japan. Unlike normal green tea, you consume 100% of the leaf and nutrients instead of infusing the tea leaves and discarding them afterwards. It’s also said to have 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
Matcha powder also boasts a wealth of health benefits such as weight loss, boosts concentration and memory, improves cholesterol, boosts the immune system, increases energy and endurance (great in a pre-gym smoothie) and is said to detoxify the body by removing heavy metals and toxins from the body. Matcha also contains high levels of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen.
Also if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your daily coffee hit, Matcha is believed to have three times as much caffeine, creating an ‘alert-calm’ feeling. However due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine it induces relaxation with any drowsiness
Unfortunately Matcha should be enjoyed in moderation, usually no more than one cup daily as it contains a very high level of lead. It is absorbed by the plant from the environment and 90% of the lead stays in the leaf, which is usually discarded, however since you are ingesting the entire leaf, you will consume more lead. It is also recommended not to give to children.
To prepare Matcha tea you add a small amount of the powder, 1-2 teaspoons, to a small bowl through a sieve, then add water that hasn’t quite reached boiling point (as boiled water can compromise the delicate taste). Then you whisk in an M or W motion to aerate until a creamy froth forms on top and drink directly from the bowl.
Now to the fun stuff, Matcha is extremely versatile. Google ‘matcha recipes’ and 883,000 results come up! You can add the powder to smoothies, muffins, puddings, ice cream, fudge, anything! So if you’re looking to make your brownie mix a little more ‘guilt-free’ why not try adding this little gem.
If you’re a dedicated Matcha Mumma I would love to hear some of your tips and recipes so comment below some of your favourites! I’m definitely keen to try it to boost my performance in the gym! I also don’t drink coffee so it would be interesting to see if this can help with my concentration and energy at work. If you’ve been a little bit curious about trying it I hope this article helped!