Sunday, May 1, 2016

Oh Matcha You're So Fine

Matcha has been getting a lot of buzz lately.  I'm starting to see it in things like ice-cream and brownies.  It's a common staple in my kitchen and I go for drinking it simply with hot water (and its whisk) or jazzing it up with almond milk and some agave for the perfect matcha latte.

Aside from the incredible benefits, matcha has been around for centuries and the history behind it is mind-blowing.

Kyoto's most famous export, matcha gets its brilliant green from growing in leafy shade.  The ceremonial green tea is admired so much that in Japan, they consume it in silence! 

Monks consumed it for meditation and to stay in focus, and Samurai warriors drank it for endurance and energy.

There's a method on how to prepare it.  Because of its high-potency, a little bit goes a long way.  A small wooden spoon is often used.
I use this matcha tea, gifted from a friend who visited China.

And because of its fine-powder form, a spoon won't be sufficient to mix it in your hot water.  A whisk is needed.

Depending on my mood, I will either have it with some hot water (simple green tea), or if I want to spoil myself, I'll have it like this:

My matcha latte was tried a tested several times until I perfected it.  I tried different types of milk and found almond to have the smoothest taste.  I tried honey, stevia and others but agave had the best flavor.

What you need is the following:
- quarter of a teaspoon of matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 cup of almond milk

Heat the almond milk on a stove, once it bubbles add the agave nectar and matcha.  Whisk until well-incorporated.  If you find that it is still clumpy, pop it in the blender (or nutri-bullet) for a few seconds.  Pour out and enjoy!

The benefits of matcha are unbelievable.  Here are 12:
  1. One serving of matcha is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea
  2. When consuming matcha, the entire leaf is consumed and so 100% of the nutrients of the leaf are consumed
  3. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea
  4. Matcha is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGC
  5. It boosts metabolism (in other words, aid in the burning of those pesky calories)
  6. Excellent source of antioxidant 
  7. Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  8. It is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  9. Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  10. Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  11. Prevents disease
  12. Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

So what are you waiting for?

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