What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha Green tea is a type of green powdered tea that simply means powdered tea. Matcha Tea comes from green tea leaves, as opposed to just using the tea leaves to make your cup of tea.
When the tea plants are going to be used for matcha tea, they are covered with cloths prior to being harvested. This allows the leaves to have much more flavor so that they will work better as a tea once ground into a powder.
The powder just needs mixed with water or almond milk before making your cup of tea.
Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
So, why are people going so crazy over matcha tea? Matcha Green Tea, is a higher quality form of green tea and has been linked to reduced blood pressure, better focus and concentration, more energy, and even helping with your weight loss.
Matcha Green Tea is Loaded Antioxidants
There is a very high concentration of antioxidants in matcha green tea – the antioxidants closely resemble
what you get when you are consuming dark chocolate or spinach. Antioxidants, help you avoid bacteria and various strains of illness, and you can even reduce certain types of cancer.
Match Green Tea Boost Your Energy Levels
Matcha green tea does have a small amount of caffeine, but that isn’t necessarily the only thing you get your energy from. First of all, the caffeine in green tea is known as a natural source of caffeine. This combined with the other nutrients in matcha, including L-theanine, really give you that extra boost of energy.
Matcha is Good for Weight Loss
Matcha Green Tea can help boost your metabolism, which means you are burning
more fat throughout the day and gives you the extra boost of energy needed for workouts.
Matcha Helps Detox Your Body
There are high levels of chlorophyll in matcha tea that provides you with a healthy and natural detox, to help get rid of the toxins in your body.
Matcha Helps Your Heart
Matcha green tea is also great for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. It helps to lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol, while also lowering your blood pressure.
Matcha Green Tea Recipes
Green Tea Berry Smoothie
Combine Matcha with any berries you like – 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. For a thicker powder, add some protein powder as well.
Matcha Banana Tea Smoothie
Combine Matcha powder with a frozen banana this gives the smoothie a nice cool consistency, without having to use a lot of ice. Add the frozen banana to the blender with your matcha powder, milk and some maple syrup to
sweeten it up a bit.
Grab the full recipe here.
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. You can use matcha tea already made in the smoothie, or use the matcha powder. 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.
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.
See the full recipe here.
Minty Iced Matcha
This is a clean and refreshing taste that is perfect for a hot summer day when you want that coolness in your drink, but you also want the health benefits of the matcha. Use filtered water and combine your matcha powder with mint, juice from a lime, some crushed ice, and a little honey for added sweetness. You can put it in a jar or shaker with the lid on
and give it a nice shake.
Iced Matcha Latte
Are you a fan of green tea lattes? If so, you will probably like this matcha version. Just like a regular green tea latter, you want to start with your favorite type of milk, I like unsweetened cashew or almond milk. You will add your matcha powder and a little bit of vanilla extract, then add the ingredients to a blender.
See the recipe here.
Matcha Espresso Latte
You can take the Iced Matcha Latte recipe and add in espresso to make a Matcha Espresso Latte,
Check out this recipe here.
Green Tea Limeade
For a hot summer day, it doesn’t get much better than limeade or lemonade. For a limeade, you want to use hot water with matcha green tea powder, lime juice, cold water, and a sweetener of your choosing. Dissolve the powder in the hot water, then mix in the other ingredients and cool it in the fridge. Once cool, you can add ice to your pitcher.
See the recipe here.
Coconut Latte With Matcha
Another latte drink that will use green tea powder is one flavored with coconut. This has a fun tropical flavor to it, plus extra nutrition from the matcha as opposed to just a regular coffee latte. You will make this similar to the other latte, except you are going to add some coconut oil to the drink. You can make it a stronger flavor by using coconut milk in lieu of the other milk options.
Pour in a mason jar.
Pour it over ice, and it’s ready to serve. Find this recipe here
Mocha Green Tea
When you want a little mocha mixed in with your drink, you can combine matcha green tea powder with some cacao powder, ground vanilla bean, and dairy of your choice. Coconut milk, cashew milk, and almond milk are all great options.
Matcha Banana Ice Cream
Just mixing Matcha, Frozen Bananas and Milk and blending up you can make this delicious ice cream.
Match Green Tea Chia Pudding
Adding Chia Seeds to Matcha can be a great alternative to unhealthy pudding.