Around this time last year, I discovered the joys of Amazon Prime and admittedly went a little mental. As in, I got really into ordering everything and then some from Amazon- even my mail lady called me out. Not only was I ordering things like dish detergent, paper towels, and toothpaste, but I also started ordering super foods in bulk: hemp hearts (5 lbs. of them), goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and matcha tea. (Read more about my subscribe and saving ways, here.) In my defense, these ingredients inspire a lot of my cooking and I'm slowly working my way through them, but I had completely forgotten about the matcha until a couple weeks ago.
I had an 'Ah-ha!' moment as I was scrolling through Instagram and realized matcha tea is a pretty big thing these days. Have you noticed? So naturally I paid a visit to Google, where I started reading about the benefits and history of this magic green powder, and decided to give it a try since I had 2 lbs. sitting in the pantry. Now I'm hooked. I drink the matcha every morning and I'm here to suggest you should too. This article does a great job at outlining the benefits, but I'll outline them below for you as well, and a bit about my experience so far.
Why to drink matcha tea:
High in anti-oxidants. Antioxidants are what help us fight the aging process by repairing UV damage and revitalizing our skin and preventing illness. One bowl of matcha has over five times as much antioxidants as any other food, which is totally crazy. I switched up my skin care regime a bit and started using aloe and coconut oil as a moisturizer, so I can't say what's what for sure, but my skin's been clearing up and feeling moisturized.
Loaded with Catechin, ECCg. Catechins are amongst the most potent of antioxidants, and are thought to contain cancer fighting properties. Matcha contains more than 100 times ECCg than any other tea, so drink up!
Enhances calm. For thousands of years, eastern cultures have used matcha tea for meditation purposes. I definitely notice a sense of calm and diminished stress levels after I drink my morning matcha, which allows me to slip into my daily work routine with ease. This is because matcha contains L-Theanine which promotes alpha waves in the brain to induce relaxation without making you feel tired.
Boosts memory and concentration. L-theanine also enhances the production of dopamine and serotonin, which improves memory, mood and concentration. So, basically matcha is the best thing to reach for before a long day of work or an intense study session.
Increases energy levels and endurance. Matcha naturally contains caffeine and the combination with the L-theanine can make the effects last for up to 6 hours without any of the nasty side effects. I like to drink a cup before my yoga workouts!
Burns calories. Matcha has been proven to increase your metabolism up to four times faster than normal levels. I have noticed a decrease in appetite, especially in the mornings, since I started incorporating this into my daily routine.
Detoxifies the body. The green color of the matcha comes from high levels of chlorophyll cause by covering the leaves for the last three weeks before harvesting. The detoxifying properties of the matcha help to remove heavy metals and toxins from the body.
Fortifies the immune system. Incase you're still not convinced, matcha also contains vitamins A & C, iron, protein, calcium and potassium. Drink it up for your daily dose of good and you might be amazed at how great it makes you feel. I drink a couple bowls when I'm starting to feel the sniffles and I feel better almost immediately.
Improves Cholesterol. Drinking matcha regularly has been proven to decrease bad cholesteral and increase good cholesteral. Even if you aren't the healthiest eater, adding matcha to your diet could help get on that track when you start to feel the impact of filling your body with clean energy.
Amazing taste. Best part about matcha, is it's just as tasty as it is good for you. I make a cup every morning, but you can also combine the powder into smoothies, soups, and even muffins! (See Pinterest for inspiration) Check below for my favorite matcha concoction and start adding this magic powder into your daily routine.